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Those who attended this year's SWAN conference AGM will have heard about two keys struggles against austerity playing out in England at the moment - Your Choice workers fighting for adult disability services and jobs in Barnet, North London, plus the Care UK workers fight in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. A vote at the SWAN AGM agreed to donate £100 to both campaigns, plus to take a collection at the end of the conference for the Care UK workers - on strike from today (18th April) until 22nd April. This collection raised £325 - thank you to all who contributed, the donation is on its way to Yorkshire.
During the re-energising national conference in Durham this weekend, SWAN is pleased to announce that the following motion was passed unanimously regarding a Mental Health charter (which you can download at the foot of the page).
Le Grand review - the marketisation and outsourcing of children’s social care is the aim writes Jolyon Jones (SWAN West Midlands).“ The game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple” Omar Little Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 19:14Forget Birmingham’s children, the Le Grand review of Birmingham’s failing children’s social care department is part of a bigger national political game and Birmingham’s failings are Michael Gove’s opportunities.
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