FROM MAY 2011
SWAN calls upon all members to support three upcoming events during the Week of Action Against Benefit Cuts – 9th-15th May. This particuarly targets Atos Origin, who are the private sector organisation who have recently won a £300 million contract by the Coalition Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit; their job is to remove welfare from as many people as possible.
by Vassilis Ioakimidis, April 2011
At this weekend’s SWAN national conference in Birmingham, our attention was drawn to two issues under debate in social work academia. These have great significance for all those who believe that social work should be embedded in social justice and human rights. Conference agreed to remit a united SWAN response on these matters to the steering committee.
This London regional half day seminar (10am-2pm) looks at The Social Work Reform Board, its recent report and proposals during an initial session. The second part of the event will consider the action service users, practitioners, educators and students can take to prevent the damaging cuts to our services.
A new campaign has been launched in Birmingham involving West Midlands SWAN, Disabled People Against Cuts, Birmingham City Unison, Birmingham Against the Cuts and the Right to Work campaign to challenge cuts to care and support services in the city.
Coventry and Warwickshire SWAN meeting – 25th March
Following the recent student protests against the cuts, a small number of students and lecturers at both Coventry and Warwick Universities have been working towards the establishment of a sub regional SWAN based at the two universities. The context is plain and simple; the massive cuts agenda in public services along with proposals for the wholesale privatisation of health, welfare and education.