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Social Work Action Network (SWAN) London has recently become aware of the awful experiences of social and health care Daniel Roque Hall has received in the criminal justice system. SWAN London urge you to support the Justice for Daniel Roque Hall campaign. This is an straight forward issue of defending this man's article 3 rights against torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. Daniel is a thirty-year-old disabled person from north London with multiple impairments, who nearly died from the abuse and neglect he suffered while imprisoned at Wormwood Scrubs. Daniel is in an advanced stage of Friedrich’s Ataxia – an inherited, degenerative disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system. Daniel is still in hospital – where he has been since 22nd August – and it is unlikely that he will fully recover from the damage done to him.
SWAN’s position on the decision by the UK Border Agency to suspend London Metropolitan University's power to recruit students from outside the EU
The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) denounces the decision by the UK Border Agency to suspend the power of London Metropolitan University to recruit students from outside the EU. This means that 2,700 current overseas students must find new courses within 60 days, or face deportation from the UK. The University itself faces serious questions about its financial sustainability.
Alongside other disciplines affected by the decision are the social work courses. SWAN has members among the social work lecturing staff at London Metropolitan University who tell us that two of their students have been struggling to deal with the fall-out of this decision.
A guest post by a member of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group and SWAN London shares his reaction to this week's report by the Policy Exchange think-tank on social housing. The report, Ending Expensive Social Tenancies: Fairness, higher growth and more homes, advocates selling off council homes in wealthy areas where property values are at a premium, attracting sympathetic comments from Grant Schapps, Housing Minister, and the suggestion from the Policy Exchange's Director that the poorest have 'no right' to live in rich areas.
His experience of social housing and the realities for people at the 'wrong' end of the gaping social spectrum, includes a valiant demonstration of collective action and resistance by people up against the worst impacts of this government's policies:
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