How to be a social worker under this government

I’ve just come back from Community Care Live – a big national conference for social workers. Two days of learning, discussing and being around social care people has given me a lot of time to think about what the election result means and how social work should respond. There’s a lot to be concerned about in this government’s plans: a further £12 billion in welfare cuts; reducing the benefit cap by a further £3000; scrapping the human rights act. And this is after five years of cuts, in which financial support to local authorities from the government has decreased by 40%.

So what do we do now? Here are some thoughts inspired by what I heard at Community Care Live.


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