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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 19:14

Forget 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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