Campaign on cuts to social care and support
Equality group members are currently involved in…
- A media and face-to-face campaign on welfare reform and inequality
- Performing street theatre (a bedroom farce!) to protest about Bedroom Tax
- Promoting the results of a survey on the Basic Income
- Exploring a forum/storytelling to give voice to those affected and prompt discussion
This work is being done in association with people who are non members of any group, but also with organisations, either formally or informally (usually informally!):
Centre for Welfare Reform
Sheffield Benefit Justice
Common Cause – using our values to change the world
How should we campaign against the cuts. “Common Cause” was a study done by a number of organisations, lead by the World Wildlife Foundation, drawing on psychology that argues for campaigning with the same values we would like to see in the world. This would mean avoiding a focus on what people earn or stereotpying people, but emphasising a focus on positives like community and sharing. For more information please see a short summary used in our group meeting, or see the full report on the World Wildlife Fund site.
Resentment and the destruction of welfare
An illuminating study evidencing why many of those in the worst circumstances support cuts to welfare. You can read a short summary used in our group meeting or look at the full article online.
Frances Potter (Sheaf Citizens Advice Bureau) talk. Frances argues that given the complexity and unreliability of the welfare system there is a strong need to reform, where simplification and combination of tax and benefit system would be a positive aim. However, any good intentions are currently being lost in the jumble of initiatives to cut benefits and wider social support, with “localisation” making it harder to support those in need. You can see her 2013 talk on the video here (Youtube 20 min), and see updated slides and text from 2014 here (PowerPoint 2MB)
Many people do not realise that the majority of child poverty happens in households where at least one parent works, because they live in a low wage, insecure global economy wages are low, hours are often part-time or not guaranteed. To find out more about the reality, go to:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation: minimum income standard
New Economics Foundation mythbuster on strivers versus skivers
The reality of low paid work Guardian article on precarious part-time work and the excellent Breadline Britain articles
Sheffield 0-19 Partnership – Child poverty Awareness training and resources
Dr Simon Duffy (Centre for Welfare Reform) talk.
Simon speaks on how the burden of cuts falls most heavily on those with severe disabilities, due to half of all cuts falling on welfare and local government, despite these areas making up just 25% of government spending. He also argues that positive welfare reform is needed, but that what is happening now is effectively the opposite of what is needed. You can see his talk on the video here (Youtube 27min) and see the slides here (PDF 2.14MB).