Social Workers Without Borders volunteers are deeply concerned by an article released this week by the Guardian Social Care Network titled “We’ll house your children, but not you”. In this article, voluntary sector organisations say local authorities across the UK are telling asylum seeking and migrant families with No Recourse to Public Funds that they have a duty to their children and not to them. This interpretation of duty implies that Local Authorities will house children, separating them from their parents who will remain destitute.
Read the full article below, which offers practical advice for practitioners on how to challenge the abuse of families. Please share it with your colleagues and get in touch with SWWB for advice and support. They are keen to hear your feedback.
Liverpool Mental Health Consortium is an organisation that was set up to promote mental health service user involvement in health and social care services on Merseyside. As well as giving voice to the perspectives of people with lived experience, LMHC has also recently led on an important project to document the negative impacts of austerity and welfare cuts on people experiencing mental distress in Liverpool: http://www.liverpoolmentalhealth.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Austerity-Adversity-Welfare-Reform-LMHC-May-2017-1.pdf.
Now LMHC itself is facing a complete cut in its funding from the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. LMHC have requested support as they lobby the Health and Wellbeing board (a joint local authority/NHS meeting) against these funding cuts at 2pm on Thursday 22nd June. The meeting takes place at the Banquet Suite, 6th Floor, Cunard Building, Water St, Liverpool L3 1ES.
Please show your support by popping along, telling your local paper or radio station, and write to your local MP.