Charity redefined as an investment vehicle: how the corporate world, rich people and hedge funds decided they wanted a piece of the pie

  In the age of austerity and savage cuts in public sector funding, charities provide a back-stop for all the people who previously received help from the state but currently receive help from nobody. Restrictions on access to public services, some motivated seemingly not just by lack of funds but ideological decision about entitlement and … More Charity redefined as an investment vehicle: how the corporate world, rich people and hedge funds decided they wanted a piece of the pie

Palaces of Gold

Thoughts after Grenfell. Along with our compassion, there is anger that this could happen. (see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/grenfell-tower-fire-corporate-manslaughter-arrests-david-lammy-mp-labour-london-kensington-a7790911.html) When I was six a coal tip slid down a hill and buried and killed a large number of children in the mining village of Aberfan: little children like me. There was an outpouring of grief and compassion. But … More Palaces of Gold

Radical social work

We remember when social work was about change, about politics, about challenging a system, working within the state to support people. We’re not alone: It can be like this again – Some resources: http://radical.org.uk/barefoot/ http://www.socialworkfuture.org/articles-resources/uk-articles/77-radical-social-work-practice-adults https://policypress.co.uk/journals/critical-and-radical-social-work http://www.historyofsocialwork.org/eng/details.php?cps=24 https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article-abstract/40/5/1646/1731370/Radical-Social-Work-in-Practice-Making-a?redirectedFrom=PDF http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2013/01/20/what-is-radical-social-work/ https://policypress.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/critical-and-radical-social-work-an-introduction/ http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/categories/difference-and-inclusion/radical-social-work.html https://www.theguardian.com/society/2009/mar/11/social-work-action-network

Things and people we like

Centre for welfare reform:   http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-az/poverty-uk.html The Equality Trust: https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/ The Resolution Foundation:  http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/ Joseph Rowntree Foundation: https://www.jrf.org.uk/ Full Fact:  https://fullfact.org/economy/poverty-uk-guide-facts-and-figures/ Left Links: http://www.leftlinks.org.uk/ The Hope Centre Northampton UK: http://www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk/