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In just under two weeks Isabel and Sarah Counihan Sanchez will be speaking at the SWAN Conference 2013 in the 'Alternative social care futures: radical social work in practice' session. Their story is told in this excellent short video which covers their struggle for housing and their institutional abuse by a local authority in the feverish grip of austerity (in this case, the London Borough of Brent). The Counihan Sanchez family's experiences are just one example of the injustice and brutality being suffered by working people simply wanting a roof over their heads both in London and across the UK. This is true across Europe and internationally too, as house and rent prices have skyrocketed to absurd levels, benefitting private landlords and property speculators at the expense of working people. Where there is injustice, however, there is resistance - a good example is the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) movement in Spain (there is a great feature on this in the latest edition of New Internationalist magazine).
Our colleagues and comrades at Disabled People Againsts Cuts (DPAC), have sent us the following statement which SWAN fully support:Vigil to save Independent Living Fund and our right to independent livingMarch 13th 12.30pm outside front entrance Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London, WC2A 2LLSAVE ILF BECAUSE WE’RE WORTH IT. Please join us if you can.
Article taken by permission from Oxford University Press blog. John Harris of Warwick University writes below: Social workers around the world are being invited to celebrate World Social Work Day on 19th March under the banner “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities”, taken from the Global Agenda (2010). Such a call to arms is sorely needed in the face of the growing influence of neoliberalism on global social work, an influence manifested in marketisation, consumerisation and managerialisation. These dynamic processes and trends represent neoliberalism on the move as it colonises the world. This is not to suggest that the same detailed and identical neoliberal template for social work is emerging in many disparate countries. Rather, these three developments represent an overall direction of travel.
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