SWAN in Manchester
Manchester SWAN is in the very early stages of development. We are a small group of social workers, social work students and people who use social welfare services who are more than a little bit annoyed by the way in which social work is dictated less and less by values of social justice, and more and more by restrictive budgets, increasing managerialism and oppressive, racist policy.
We would like to continue the work that SWAN carries out at a national level by challenging changes that effect our City. During the recent ‘austerity’ measures in March this year, Manchester City Council cut budgets by £109m, even though it admitted that these cuts would be ‘too fast, too deep and would damage front line services’. This means that some of the poorest wards in the country have been singled out by the Tories for the harshest cuts. The Council later admitted that the budget was set before the completion of legally required Equality Impact Assessments.
We are not very happy about this and think that there is a need now, more than ever for a Manchester SWAN. We plan to hold an initial meeting within the next few weeks in central Manchester and welcome all ideas and contributions. If you are interested in attending this meeting, or would like to be actively involved in the development of Manchester SWAN, then please contact us by clicking here.