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Public meeting: No to Privatization – the future of children’s services in Birmingham

October 4, 2014 admin 0

On Thursday 23rd October, West Midlands SWAN in conjuction with UNISON and Birmingham Against the Cuts, will host a meeting entitled ‘No to Privatization: the future of children’s services in Birmingham and the national implications’. The meeting’s main speakers will be Professor Sue White and Helga Pile (Social Care Lead, Unison). This will be held from 7pm in Committee Rooms 3-4, Birmingham Council House.

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Public meeting: No to Privatization – the future of children’s services in Birmingham

September 28, 2014 admin 0

On Thursday 23rd October, West Midlands SWAN in conjuction with UNISON and Birmingham Against the Cuts, will host a meeting entitled ‘No to Privatization: the future of children’s services in Birmingham and the national implications’. The meeting’s main speakers will be Professor Sue White and Helga Pile (Social Care Lead, Unison). This will be held from 7pm in Committee Rooms 3-4, Birmingham Council House.

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Solidarity March in Dublin Saturday July 26th

July 24, 2014 admin 0

This Saturday 26th July in Dublin there will be another march in solidarity with Palestine. Members of SWAN Ireland will be joining this march which is being organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

 

(Poster from IPSC)

 

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Oxford Conference 28th June: The Crisis in Mental Health Services

May 26, 2014 admin 0

Ruskin College, Oxford is pleased to announce a Social Work Action Network (SWAN) event – ‘The Crisis in Mental Health Services’ – which will take place on Saturday 28th June 2014.

The crisis in mental health services has become so acute that even the government has had to acknowledge the scale of the problem. Welfare services, which service users and carers rely on are being drastically cut as a result of the politics of austerity and the government’s benefits ‘reforms’ are forcing more and more people into poverty. Meanwhile the gap between the richest and poorest in society is continuing to expand. Practitioners are forced to struggle with high caseloads, reduced resources and a target culture, which is underpinned by market ideology and privatisation.

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Demo in Wicklow against cuts to disability services

May 13, 2014 admin 0

Here is a message from SWAN supporters Margaret and Ann Kennedy:

“Margaret & Ann Kennedy ‘the cardboard scissors sisters’ are arranging an impromptu demo on Thursday morning against cuts to disability services and welfare supports, including cuts to medical cards that are hugely impacting negatively the lives of sick, disabled and elderly people.