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Jean Robertson-Molloy, from the Movement for an Adoption Apology (MAA) campaign, writes on the campaign and relevance to SWAN. MAA was started in 2010 to demand a cross-party Parliamentary apology for past adoption practices.
Below an activist from SWAN West Midlands writes on cuts to children's services in Birmingham. He rebuts the popular argument being used by councillors nationwide that residential care services are outdated and always inferior to other forms of provision (in this case, foster care).
SWAN would like to support and share the following statement from colleagues in the disabled people's movement on the closure of the Independent Living Fund:
Disabled people with the highest support needs have been left in fear and distress as they face the prospect of being denied the right to have Christmas in their own homes following a government decision announced this week to abolish a key source of independent living support.
The government decision to close the Independent Living Fund and instead devolve responsibility to local authorities follows a consultation that disabled people claim is unlawful and on which an urgent hearing has been scheduled by the High Court to go ahead on 13/14 March 2013.
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