Power needs to be redistributed to citizens, to local communities and true democracy needs to be restored to public life.
Why the UK Needs a Written Constitution
Gavin Barker addresses the issues of democratic accountability and the protections that need building into our welfare system against undue corporate influence.
Disability Rights and Democracy
Matt Rothschild explains how the US electoral system is corrupted by the power of money and corporations that threaten human and disability rights.
Towards an Holistic Democracy
Marion Turner-Hawes reflects back on the tumultuous 2016 and looks forward to the possibility of a different kind of holistic democracy.
Social Care Reform - The Way Forward
Simon Duffy outlines a more radical path for social care reform and a basis for campaigning against the injustice of the current UK Government's cuts to social care.
Local Area Coordination Evaluation Isle of Wight
This six month formative evaluation outlines the work carried out to plan, implement and evaluate Local Area Coordination on the Isle of Wight.
Life in Bolsover Today
Inequality in the UK has doubled in a generation and the consequences are felt most harshly in places like Bolsover as the Community Voluntary Partners' report shows.
Exploring the Meaning of Poverty
Poverty isolates and divides us. It leaves us thinking we are not good enough and we are too poor to spend time with friends or family writes Simon Duffy.
The Future of Welfare Reform
A presentation for Sheffield's Citizen Advice Bureau exploring the UK Government's account of welfare reform and offering thoughts on what real welfare reform might look like.
Ending Tendering in Social Care
Simon Duffy, in the second of a series of blogs from Finland, explores the problems created by tendering for social care and how to bring the system to an end.
Politics & Economics of Personal Budgets
In the first of a short series of essays Simon Duffy explores the political and economic challenges of moving towards personal budgets.
Welfare: The Leadership Challenge
Susan Harrison reflects on the challenge of being critical about the welfare state from within the welfare state and the need for integrity.
Example of Flexible Support Contract
This is a real but anonymised contract between a local authority and a service provider enabling the service provider to use Individual Service Funds (ISFs).