Boot out austerity
BASW and the Social Workers Union (SWU)’s Boot Out Austerity campaign highlighted the impact of austerity on families. It saw 140 social workers and service users take part in a 100-mile walk from our head office in Birmingham to the 2017 AGM venue in Liverpool, marching against austerity measures. The walk had significant impact and generated national and regional media interest, engaging with key government ministers and MPs.
A Campaign Action Pack was launched to encourage anti-austerity activity locally, regionally and nationally across the UK. The step-by-step guide outlines everything from how to organise public meetings, rallies and awareness-raising film nights to setting up petitions, lobbying and contacting the press.
We are committed to challenging the Universal Credit two-child cap. We recently held events across the four nations to gather practice examples of how this impacts. We will be creating a campaign pack to ask MPs to help get a pledge in each party manifesto to scrap the cap.
We are working to embed anti-poverty practice in social care. Awareness of poverty is included in all of our professional development activities. We are currently developing a Practice Guide with the active participation of BASW members.
At its meeting in October 2015, held in Brussels, Belgium, the European Anti-Poverty Network’s (EAPN) EU Inclusion Strategies Group decided to mandate a Task Force, upon a proposal from EAPN Denmark, to work on a comprehensive handbook looking at poverty as a violation of Human Rights, from an anti-poverty perspective.
The Task Force included BASW member Fran McDonnell, and this handbook is now available to view here.