SWAN London, with assistance from a number of supporters including WinVisible, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust have produced this latest edition to the SWAN practice notes series. The topic on this occasion is a radical response to welfare reforms and benefits. Please download and distribute this workplace tool!

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The West Midlands Social Work Action Network have produced a useful aid to radical social work practice entitled 'Investigating cuts in children’s social care: an activists toolkit.'

As councils set their budgets for 2013-14 and impose yet further cuts to essential services, this timely guide provides the tools for activists to investigate cuts to children’s social care services. Produced by activists involved in the West Midlands Social Work Action Network, it draws on experience of researching and fighting cuts.

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A new bulletin on personalisation in Scotland has been produced by a coalition of UNISON, SWAN, the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland and several other service user and carer groups. The is a very handy resource and it is relevant to the rest of the UK. While supportive of the concept of personalisation, it gives details of how it has been hijacked and is being used a fig leaf for cuts and removing important community resources directly funded by local authorities.

You can download the resource here.

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