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The MASW Bursary Campaign - letter to Ministers of Health and Social Services and Education

“We continue to support this inspirational group of social work students in their bursary campaign, a campaign they won’t personally benefit from. Achieving parity of bursary between student social workers and the NHS (Wales) bursary, is the only meaningful way to stop the recruitment crisis in social work and to diversify the workforce. The words ‘parity of esteem’ must translate to something tangible otherwise it’s empty rhetoric. We understand that Social Care Wales has offered up funding options to the Welsh Government, although we have not been offered any clues as to what they are and whether they equal parity with the NHS scheme. Anything short of this, will not be acceptable.” Allison Hulmes, National Director for Wales.