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DPAC: Reclaiming our futures week of action

July 25, 2013 admin 0

SWAN has this week been informed of the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) week of coordinated action at the end of August, ‘Reclaiming our futures’. SWAN London plan to support the week and stand in solidarity as social workers and service users with our disabled colleagues and comrades who are under a sustained, viscious attack by the Coalition Government and in the media, as the calendar spins back decades in terms of services and rights. DPAC and other Disabled People’s groups have been working on a draft manifesto of the same name as the week of action, to address these developments and fight for an alternative. SWAN will support this, of course, and embed it in our own plans for a social work charter to address concurrent attacks on social work – more on this to follow in coming weeks. Below is the call out DPAC have issued. Please share this widely and get involved!:

Our rights are being stripped away day by day by the neo-liberal policies being imposed on us all by the Condems leaving us without any hope for our futures or our children’s futures.
 
DPAC say this is not fair, not acceptable and we must fight back against the continuing attacks. We will be having a week of actions nationally and virtually from August 29th and culminating on September 4th with mass events and actions in London.

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Your Choice Barnet offered a way out of its financial crisis by Professor Dexter Whitfield

July 25, 2013 admin 0

The SWAN website has previously featured articles on the campaigns against the ‘One Barnet’ programme being implemented in the Conservative controlled north London Borough, an authority which has become another malign neoliberal laboratory for local government. While SWAN has supported the work of Barnet Alliance for Public Services and the Campaign Against Destruction of Disabled Support Services (CADDSS), we have not highlighted the debacle of the Your Choice Barnet Local Authority Trading Company. This was set up in February 2012 to spin off the previously in-house learning disability services in the borough, and shortly found itself £2m in debt.

CADDSS was so concerned about the future of services provided by Your Choice Barnet that it asked Prof Dexter Whitfield, the Director of European Services Strategy, to review the situation.  Your Choice Barnet is experiencing considerable financial difficulties and is very unwilling to engage with service users and families who are worried about the future of the services they use.

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SWAN Conference 2014: Social Work in a Cold Climate

July 15, 2013 admin 0

The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is pleased to announce that the 9th National SWAN conference will be hosted at Durham University on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014.

In the context of savage cuts in public sector funding, ever increasing social work managerialism and stigmatization of service users, this conference will provide an important opportunity to debate ways of developing networks of resistance necessary to defend social justice based social work and oppose the catastrophic politics of austerity. This conference will mark the 10th anniversary since the publication of the “Manifesto for a new engaged practice”, the founding document of the Social Work Action Network.