Digital Meet Ups
Listing of webinars, meetings and discussions with Citizen Network members, the Centre and other partners.
Listing of webinars, meetings and discussions with Citizen Network members, the Centre and other partners.
Bob Rhodes and Joe Powell explore how to put relationships at the heart of social care instead of relying on systems.
Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS) share their innovative work in helping people with learning disabilities and autism find paid work.
The 2nd Annual Festival unites Glasgow's We Are One with Helsinki & Los Angeles' No Labels No Walls into a mighty global celebration of equality and diversity.
Over 350 civil society organisations have already responded to the call from Compass and NEF to shape a better future.
The People's Powerhouse believe that more voices need to be heard in the debate about our recovery from COVID-19 - complete their survey.
The 2nd CitizenFest will be between 14-19th September, combining Glasgow's We Are One festival with the No Labels No Walls festival in Los Angeles + Helsinki. Get involved here.
A virtual event hosted by the Centre for Wellbeing in Public Policy (CWiPP) at The University of Sheffield, as part of the Festival of Debate.
Article 39 are threatening legal action if the Department for Education does not withdraw a statutory instrument that removes safeguards for children in care in England.
The SDS Network is offering three free webinars on 7th May and 11th June to explore global developments in self-directed support.
Foreign health workers are risking their lives to save ours and paying for the privilege, this must stop - sign the petition.
There are a number of serious concerns about the human rights implications of Government policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Here are details of how the Centre for Welfare Reform is taking action in response to the COVID-19 crisis and some useful information.
The biggest politics festival in the UK returns to South Yorkshire on 14 April running until the end of May.
A new report by the Institute of Health Equity, commissioned by the Health Foundation to mark 10 years since the landmark study Fair Society, Healthy Lives.
New research by The Salvation Army indicates that millions of people risk being unable to access their benefits due to faults in the Universal Credit system.
A conference in Sheffield organised by the Centre for Welfare Reform and Citizen Network as part of Opus Independents' Festival of Debate, tickets on sale now.
Gavin Barker outlines an emerging strategy for Labour members to put PR and Constitutional Reform on the agenda.
A call for papers for a Special Issue from the Journal of Integrated Care.
Join the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) as they demonstrate around the country.
Liberal Democrats in Hull call on Government to consider piloting Universal Basic Income in the City.
Save the date for the next ‘We are One’, Glasgow’s Festival of Citizenship on 12 September 2020. Find out more now.
PFG Doncaster have won 2 categories at the Doncaster Business Awards for their amazing peer support work.
An open letter from a range of community groups has been published welcoming the growing support for UBI by several political parties.
The Supreme Court ruling means that Councils and Tribunals can ignore Bedroom Tax on Human Rights grounds.
Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its second report on the abuse of human rights of children and adults with disabilities and/or autism.
Date set for 12 December 2019 - the Centre for Welfare Reform supports all those who want to advance democracy, justice, peace and protect the natural world.
The Centre has published a major new book which provides an authoritative overview of how the UK Government's austerity policies have targeted sick and disabled people.
The 2019 Labour Party Conference has passed a resolution which calls for a universal and free social care system.
Now Then is leading the way in providing an alternative platform for local and national news as publications from across the UK share their content on the Now Then App.
On behalf of the Reclaim Social Care campaign Simon Duffy and Gordon Peters have developed a report outlining how and why we must fully fund social care.
Join Yorkshire Socialist Health Association to explore ‘How to Fully Fund Social Care’ - a report by the Centre for Welfare Reform.
Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum are looking for people to be part of a 15 member Citizens Panel.
Sheffield People's Petition to change the way Sheffield Council works has amassed over 21,500 signatures.
A one-day conference to explore the state of self-directed support in Europe and strategies to encourage further progress.
Sheffield City Council is backing a basic income pilot in the event of a Labour Government.
Join the Campaign's launch event in York for a devolved parliament for Yorkshire.
Unite the union is examining the impact of Universal Credit on working people and people not in work.
UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston has published a final report on poverty in the UK, concluding that the UK government is in a state of denial.
Complete the Citizen Network global survey to let people know what you think a good welfare system should be like.
Dr Guy Standing has produced a report for Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell setting out the case for piloting basic income
An opportunity to hear from one of the leading thinkers on basic income Guy Standing, at this year's Festival of Debate in Sheffield.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating the unnecessary institutionalisation of children with learning disabilities or autism.
Save the date and join us in celebrating the wonderful diversity of human life at CitizenFest Glasgow 2019.
Endorse Basic Income UK's statement supporting the principle of a Basic Income for the UK to make it a key campaign issue in the next General Election.
Tickets are on sale now for this year's Festival from April through to June in Sheffield, UK.
This year's #MillionsMissing will take place from 5 to 12 May. Save the dates and join in!
What impact has the Welfare Reform & Work Act (2016) had on the levels of poverty, inequality and health experienced by children and disabled people in the UK?
The Labour Party is moving from opposing austerity and welfare reform towards identifying new policies for benefits and disability.
Spooniehacker interviews Catherine Hale who leads the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project.
MPs from all Parties will be debating a motion on ME put forward by Carol Monaghan MP.
Simon Cramp will talk about his work and life, drawing from his new book ‘Don't Cramp My Style’ at The University of Sheffield.
An event in Sheffield for activists, researchers and everyone interested in making basic income happen.
Discover the new ideas, resources and opinions we share in our regular newsletter.
Dr Simon Duffy outlines why Universal Credit is not good 'in principle' but that it is damaging and dangerous.
Thanks to the WOW Campaign Parliament debated the need for a Cumulative Impact Assessment in the House of Commons.
A range of discussions in Leeds in 2019 on the new economics we need for the 21st Century.
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights publishes statement following his visit.
Comprehensive report by EHRC warns that at-risk groups are in danger of being forgotten and becoming trapped in disadvantage.
Update on steps taken by UK governments to act on recommendations from the CRPD to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK.
The debate will discuss the urgent need for a cumulative impact assessment of all cuts to disability support.
An inaugural meeting for people to meet, exchange ideas and contribute to the future vision of the campaign.
How do we reverse privatisation and secure quality, stable, publicly funded and accountable social care services for all?
Think tanks have shaped policy and public opinion in Britain for decades; but what are they? The Festival of Politics in Edinburgh.
Simon Cramp has developed a patient passport with Chesterfield Royal Hospital for patients who find communicating with clinical staff difficult.
Les Monaghan has been selected as this year's Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN18 Participate artist for his project ‘We Are All Connected’.
It's Our City is holding a series of community conversations about local governance in Sheffield during 2018/19.
Take part in the SKILLS survey to map international progress on self-directed support.
The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project launches major survey to capture the experiences & views of people living with chronic illness.
WOW Voices are documenting the impact of austerity on the people behind the numbers in a bid to challenge Government policy.
United Nations investigator to probe the impact of Tory austerity policies in Britain, in the UN's first visit to a western European country in more than five years.
A group of Quakers are riding to Downing Street from Cumbria to give witness to their concern about the dismantling of the welfare state.
Westminster Hall Debate on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) treatment and research set for Thursday 21st June.
For those who dismiss empirical research Les Monaghan's Relative Poverty photography work bears witness to lives lived in poverty.
The WelCond project, led by the University of York and colleagues, found that welfare conditionality causes more harm than good.
Letter published in The Guardian protesting at the failure of the media to cover the on-going attacks on disabled and older people in the UK.
This report shows how Boundary Commission England's planned changes will worsen inequities of UK electoral system.
A new Anton French Film exploring the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in the UK today.
Robin Jackson's report explains why health and social care integration is poor policy and offers instead a practical vision for reform.
This guide from The Health Foundation gives helpful information and practical advice on tackling the social determinants of health.
Sheffield's Festival of Debate is one of the largest political festivals in the UK, with 75 debates, including several in partnership with the Centre.
NHS England invite you to share your experience of the care and support you receive in a new survey on PHBs.
Tom Brake MP has written to the Centre to back the call for a Citizen Convention on Constitutional Reform.
Mid & East Cornwall Green Party and West Cornwall Green Party set out their reasons for backing constitutional and democratic reform.
The Centre has produced a range of new publications on ISFs with TLAP, Community Catalysts and In Control Scotland.
Dick Cole, Leader of the Party for Cornwall has written to the Centre expressing his personal support for the Constitutional Reform campaign.
The Centre has helped develop a range of resources to help change commissioning and improve social care.
Ian Blackford MP has written to the Centre for Welfare Reform to express support for the growing movement for constitutional reform.
Leaders from Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have expressed support for the idea of citizens convention to develop a new constitution for the UK.
The Communities & Local Government and Health Committees launch joint inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.
The Centre for Welfare Reform with an alliance of campaigners and leading thinkers is calling for radical constitutional change to underpin social justice.
The Alliance has been formed to ensure that rights and protections are kept in place as the UK leaves the EU to protect people and the environment
Jim Elder-Woodward writes for The Herald on why disabled people should be entitled to a clear national entitlement to self-directed support.
The Independent newspaper reports on the background to the growing movement for justice for people with ME.
Researcher ask why Government continues to insist on the use of the discredited Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
A detailed analysis looking at back at the last 7 years of Government policy demonstrates its unfairness
Ground-breaking guide now published to ensure people leave institutional care directly into a life of citizenship.
The Centre is pleased to announce a new grant programme to grow the work of Manavodaya internationally.
Simon Cramp's inspirational biography of his Campaigning Life is available to purchase in paperback.
Latest research published by the BMJ links austerity policies in the UK, particularly severe cuts to social care, with increasing death rates.
An international survey on personalised support shows idea is spreading, but commissioning lags behind.
Mo Stewart has written to Shaw Trust expressing concern about their recent report on employment for disabled people.
Major report outlining Barnsley's success in promoting social justice through citizen and community action.
Professor Paul Hunt's report argues that the UK has ignored social rights, but now is the time to make them central to progressive change.
A petition to appoint a cabinet minister and stand up for our human rights.
The UN has criticised the UK for failing to protect disabled peoples' rights.
An independent inquiry has been launched into the future of civil society and it's seeking your views.
A campaign to fuel the growing movement for more recognition, education, research & funding for ME.
LDE elects Representative Body comprising people with learning disabilities, family members, friends, professionals and organisations.
A Special Issue of the Journal of Health Psychology is to be published to explore the scandalous PACE Trial.
Mo Stewart sets out the harm caused to sick and disabled people by the government's welfare policies.
Robin Jackson's report outlines the severe crisis for people with a learning disability caused by government policy.
The Herald in Scotland has reported concerns that Scotland's legislation on self-directed support is not bringing benefits to all the groups it should.
Rev. Nicolson is refusing to pay his Council Tax in solidarity with all those harmed by government's attack on the incomes and health of the poorest in Britain.
Join Basic Income UK and the Centre for Welfare Reform at the launch of Malcolm Torry's new book Citizen's Basic Income a Christian Social Policy.
Les Monaghan's powerful photographic exhibition revealing the reality of poverty in modern Britain comes to Sheffield.
In a letter to The Guardian, leading disability activists and their allies urge people to vote for Labour in the General Election 2017.
From Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions setting out their concerns about the system of social security in the UK.
Les Monaghan's powerful photographic exhibition revealing the reality of poverty in modern Britain starts in Doncaster.
A Festival of Debate event in Sheffield, speakers will put forward their ideas on how to create a better, stronger and fairer economy.
A Festival of Debate event, this meeting is part of a project to make UBI a reality for the people of Sheffield, tackling injustice and advancing citizenship.
Ekklesia, backed by the Centre for Welfare Reform, have published an Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister opposing the further cut in incomes to disabled people.
Open Letter to Psychological Medicine calls for retraction of publication of improper research of PACE trial.
The latest Spartacus Network report reviews the Government's plans to reform ESA and the Work programme. They find the same failed policies are largely repeated.
The UK Government appears to have rejected the severe criticisms of the United Nations for the way in which its austerity policies have targeted disadvantaged groups.
An invitation from the National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) to a Witness Seminar in London on 10th March.
The Centre's latest discussion paper written by John Burton outlines the systemic failures of the CGC regulatory system for care homes and offers suggestions for its reform.
A two-day conference co-hosted by the national campaigning organisation HOPE not hate and Leeds University’s Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change…
Currently 50% detained under the Mental Health Act in England - 25,000 per year - are not getting an independent MHA advocate. This petition calls for action and reform of the…
The Chairs of three House of Commons Select Committees are urging the Prime Minister to reach a cross-party agreement on the future of health and social care funding in a letter…
The UN has reported the the UK is failing to meet its international obligations to respect the rights of disabled people.
The DWP and DH have announced their intention to review the current failing systems for supporting disabled people and people with long-term health conditions into work.
Imagineer seeks Board members to help them develop their work to...
Graded exercise therapy causes serious harm, please sign the petition at Parliament UK.
The government's Nudge Unit has found that the Welfare Conditionality policy promoted by Government is counter-productive.
NIESR evaluation finds that there is no evidence Troubled Families Programme had any significant impact on key objectives,
Welfare Trends report published by the Office of Budget Responsibility.
NHS Digital has published three reports which include the latest statistics on the safeguarding and care of vulnerable adults in England.
Reframing the welfare state - a one day conference for policy makers, innovators and community leaders in London on 10th November 2016.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is launching an inquiry into the human rights implications of Brexit. Deadline 10th October 2016.
What’s New Down Under for People with Learning Disabilities? The workshop will include discussion about how the experiences of self-advocates, their families and their…
The Centre for Welfare Reform has moved its office, find out more.
There's been a major breakthrough on PACE trial as the courts force Queen Mary University of London to release data from questionable research.
Support this call to ensure that children entering the care system are routinely given robust assessments to detect Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other similar…
Jessica Saffer is exploring the psychological impact of disability benefit cuts and seeking people to interview as part of her research.
Two petitions have been launched to oppose Government plans to develop Welfare Cards to replace benefits paid in cash.
The UK Supreme Court has rejected the Scottish Government's proposal to give every child a Named Person as an interference in the rights of the family.
The latest report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies underlines that Government policy is increasing poverty for families and those in work.
NAO benefit sanctions study call for evidence by Autumn 2016.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed “serious concern” about the impact of regressive policies on the enjoyment of economic and…
Robin Jackson reviews the arguments for the Named Person Scheme in Scotland and argues that the scheme will be wasteful and paternalistic
Liverpool Hope University bring together people with learning disabilities, families, academics and activists in a stimulating one day conference.
Learning Disability England launched
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has launched an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care…
Compass the leading membership organisation for progressive change in the United Kingdom have published an important report making the case for basic income.
If you're a service provider working to support people to lead lives as full and active citizens, included in their communities, we need your help.
The Irish Times reports that the Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath is keen to establish a taskforce to look at the provision of personal budgets for people with…
Mothers from the Mothers Apart Project run by WomenCentre in Kirklees will talk about their work at this event from BASCPAN in Leeds on 27 June 2016.
Simon Duffy, director of the Centre for Welfare Reform will talk about this at a think tank hosted by Birmingham City Council on 15 June.
full time Policy, Research and Training Officer to work with them to advance economic and social rights in the UK.
University of York publishes the first wave of finding from their Welfare Conditionality project.
Social History of Learning Disability Conference in July 2016 - Exploring Learning Disability: Why history?
Learning Disability England consultation - results published by People First England and the Housing and Support Alliance.
Call for applications from Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) - proposals by 27th July 2016.
Gary Bourlet of People First England interviewed on Channel 4 News for No Go Britain debate.
Personalised Support Survey 2016 - If you're a service provider working to support people to lead lives as full and active citizens, included in their communities, we need your…
A new report from the Centre for Welfare Reform explains how a current scientific controversy relates to the debate surrounding welfare reform and cuts to disability benefits.
The Centre for Welfare Reform and its allies are recommending the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health launches an inquiry into social care in the UK.
In a joint letter from Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform leading Christians ask Stephen Crabb to reverse the policies introduced by Iain Duncan Smith.
NEWS: Iain Duncan Smith resigns following further disability cuts announced in 2016 Budget.
The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and RSA Scotland have 6 Fellowships available for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.
Nadia Clarke a fellow of the Centre wins a Skills for Care Accolade award for best employer.
Liberal Democrat Consultation Paper 123: Working-Age Social Security
A call for papers for Building Momentum 16 - 17 November 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
NAWRA have requested assistance in making a submission to the UK Parliament's Social Security Committee on mandatory reconsideration.
BBC TWO audience members sought for Spring 2016, to discuss whether Britain needs a pay rise.
The National Brokerage Symposium is taking place in Stirling on 14th March.
Dr Simon Duffy writes for the Huffington Post UK outlining the case for abandoning ESA and replacing it with Basic Income Plus.
New research report on Local Area Coordination: Catalyst for a System Wide Prevention Approach.
In the report 'Time for Change - The Challenge Ahead' by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO at ACEVO.
In Control Scotland argues that resource allocation systems are a vital part of any genuine system of self-directed support.
Plans to cut Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week have been defeated in the House of Lords.
Brian Fisher a Fellow of the Centre has been elected vice chair of the NHS Alliance.
Court of Appeal Judges have deemed the Bedroom Tax both 'discriminatory' and 'unlawful'.
Local Area Coordination Network's (England and Wales) Winter 2015/16 newsletter published.
Kaliya Franklin was interviewed by BBC Ouch on the experience of being disabled and pregnant.
Catherine Hale was interviewed for Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 about her experience of living with chronic illness.
SCIF and the Sherpa Union host this lecture and film with Mark McGowan on Thursday 18th February 2016.
Disabled researchers, the Finding Out Group, supported by leading academic Jan Walmsley look back at the experiences of staff and patients at one of last institutions for people…
New academic research published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health shows link between UK Government's harsh disability assessment system (WCA) and increases…
Bringing Us Together are delighted to announce their first Conference, in collaboration with Care Management Group.
Simeon is standing for Parliament at the Oldham By-election. Simeon is deaf and uses 'Sign' as his first language. He will need an interpreter to help communicator with many of…
A discussion paper by Maria Lyons asks whether we are really taking the goals of citizenship and inclusion seriously
A new best practice guide to help people build friendships and find love has been published by the Centre for Welfare Reform.
Major UK Churches are warning that the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away from a core principle of the Welfare State and will make poor…
WEA is leading a campaign to make the case for adult education and to give adult learners a voice, please sign their petition.
Stef Benstead and Ekklesia are running this survey and invite you to participate.
The Centre would be interested to publish any research on the different kinds of tax or benefit fraud and what we can learn from any breakdown.
Wendy Perez is looking for 100 people with learning disabilities who want to sign her letter to the Prime Minister.
Simon Duffy talks to RT TV about the suicide of a man declared 'fit to work' by the failing WCA process.
Dr Simon Duffy explores the ups and downs of personalisation at the Newcastle Business School.
Jon Hyslop is looking for focus group participants who have experience of providing peer support to personal budget users in a range of different settings.
Join us at an event celebrating Peer Support with PFG Doncaster on 9th October.
The UN is investigating the UK for its failure to uphold the principles of the Un Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.
Personal Health Budgets were attacked by many in the media; The centre for Welfare Reform responded.
The Government continues to assess the impact of its cuts on sick and disabled people - it's time to demand they do
Ralph Broad's report on Local Area Coordination - People, Places, Possibilities outlines progress on implementation and recent research
People with mental health problems bear the brunt of benefit sanctions in Wales, finds a new report published today by a group of Christian churches.
Iain Duncan Smith responds to letter from leading Catholics asking him to reconsider UK Government's version of welfare reform.
Think-Tanks publish open letter from prominent Catholics to Iain Duncan Smith.
Steven Rose, CEO of Choice Support and a fellow of The Centre wins Platinum Award for work on ISFs.
New guidance published by Think Local Act Personal supports greater use of ISFs.
DWP must publish statistics showing how many people have died after their benefits were stopped.
On the ‘Vanguard Method for Locality Working’ programme at University of Buckingham.
A new petition on Change asks the UK Government not to abolish National Insurance contribution based ESA and JSA welfare benefits.
New research by authors Dr Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn.
Jean Vanier awarded the Templeton Prize 2015.
A resource database on the impacts of public spending cuts from The Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick
A letter published in The Guardian 1st May 2015.
Sign this petition urging banks to create adapted accounts, tailored to their customers' needs.
Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face.
SIgn up to this thunderclap by 16th April 2015.
The Festival of Debates in Sheffield provides a chance to discuss alternatives to austerity.
CarerWatch and signatories letter in The Guardian 31st March 2015.
At the Citizen Jury Event being held by LDA England on 2nd April.
Major new report outlines the increasing crisis in social care
A coalition of major UK Churches, with a combined membership of more than 800,000 people, has welcomed the call for a full independent review of the benefit sanction system.
Please complete this quick survey on Individual Service Funds from the Housing and Support Alliance.
New research published by Scottish Parliament on the cumulative impact of welfare reform on households in Scotland.
Results from LDA England's quality checking Government survey February 2015 reveal the deep level of shock and outrage felt by many.
Series of useful seminars
A new research report from NCIA
Join DPAC in a day of protest across UK on 2nd March 2015.
Paula Rawnsley’s 20 year old son Thomas is in hospital on a life support machine. This is an appeal fund to help Thomas and his family.
We Chose to Climb an international event on SDS in Glasgow, 16 March 2015.
A research report published by NCIA - Voluntary Services and Campaigning in Austerity UK.
A series of protests being held in Sheffield on 14 February 2015, plus please sign the tax dodging bill petition.
Benefits claimants judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions.
In the run up to the General Election in May 2015, the Learning Disability Alliance England have produced a questionnaire in order to quality check government policy.
Finding of tribunal into job seekers agreement
Independent Living Fund High Court ruling
Save the date and a call for papers for Claiming Full Citizenship Conference in Vancouver, October 2015.
Better Lives - an evaluation of personalisation in Southwark published today.
Best Buddies UK launched at the end of October.
Finding A Way Forward - a meeting in Sheffield 29 November 2014.
A petition on 38 degrees to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards - IDS Time to Stop the Lies.
Sign up to this campaign to keep volunteering voluntaryp.
Publication of open letter on regulations
LDA England website goes lives
The most important conference of the year for people working in the housing and supported living sector for people with learning disabilities.
Sign this petition at 38 degrees.
An initiative to encourage the design and delivery of more effective services for women who are facing multiple disadvantages.
3 day residential workshop with Kate Fulton, Bright Souls and Judith North, Orenda.
Carer Watch is compiling a list of questions to MPs before the elections in 2015 and collating their responses.
Let's Scrap the DWP - the case for Basic Income Security - has been published by The Centre for Welfare Reform
The Campaign for a Fair Society, People First England and the Housing and Support Alliance have formed the Learning Disability Alliance - join them.
Carer Watch and Pat's Petition call for groups to support a welfare ceasefire to end the shameful changes to the current welfare system
A national conference on 25 September, organised by WomenCentre demonstrating the resilience, tenacity and innovation of women working for change in their lives and their…
Sign this petition by Scotland Against the Care Tax - to end care charging in Scotland.
New Zealand Human Rights Commission to address prenatal discrimination against the down syndrome community.
CarerWatch share a new report by the Work and Pensions Committee on Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments.
Green Party Manifesto 2015 to include universal basic income
Ailsa McKay Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in Economics
Just Fair publish a new report Dignity and Opportunity for All
An independent evaluation of the WCA by disabled people themselves
The Learning Disability Carers Community invite people and organisations to come together to speak up about cuts to care services and funding.
Failure of WRAG
Individual Service Funds - learning from Inclusion's 18 Years of Practice.
Working on the Inside a new paper by Kate Fulton.
Event - Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era, London 7 July.
Sign the Assisted Dying should not be legalised petition.
Women in Exile is under threat, can you help?
Simon Duffy's book first published in 1996 now updated, offers a path for commissioners who want to create the conditions for citizenship and stronger communities for everyone.
New report published on 9 May by Haringey Learning Disabilities Partnership Board reveals the impact of cuts in funding to local services that vulnerable disabled adults depend…
Important new report by Spartacus Network now published
Project SEARCH Europe conference - 24 June
Inclusive education conference on 19 May
A public meeting in Sheffield on the impact of welfare reforms and cuts - 6 May.
World Down Syndrome Day 2014
Down's Syndrome Awareness Week 17 – 23 March
A campaign in partnership with Church Action on Poverty.
WOW petition debate held in Commons and motion passed.
Church letter in response to government's welfare reforms
Press coverage on report - Counting the Cuts.
Simon Duffy's new report Counting the Cuts has been published.
Details about how to help get People First England up and running.
Cameron Trust vacancies, interviews 4 March 2014.
Guardian article on the problems of personalisation
The new public procurement directive was adopted on 15 january 2014.
A petition from the Justice Alliance to save legal aid to protect access to justice for all.
A free event for families across the North of England.
An Inclusive Education and a Fulfilling Life Conference
News from Spartacus Network
Manavodaya are helping women lead sustainable change In rural India
Are you in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) for ESA?
Kaliya Franklin's new report shows how WCA process is corrupted
New report from the Health Service Management Centre: Doctor knows best? The use of evidence in implementing self-directed support in health care
European Policy Seminar on Self-Directed Support is held in Brussels on 5th December
Launch of the report from Just Fair Consortium on 26 November in the Houses of Parliament.
Victory on ILF
Ordinary Lives: Shifting perspectives in housing and social care - 21 November
Co-producing resilient communities: Building confidence and capacity
Announcement of the launch of the European Self-Directed Support Network
Values Into Action AGM on 6 November 2013.
From Changing our Lives - a conference launching the Lost and Found project.
10 attacks on the rights of disabled people.
10 Thousands Cuts & Counting is a ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for those who have had their lives devastated by the austerity programme.
The conference title this year is Hear our Voices: Citizens First!
Launch of The Driving Up Quality Code - providers taking responsibility for driving poor care out of the sector.
These webinars are being offered by the Citizen-Centered Leadership™ Development (CCLD).
The Campaign for a Fair Society joins Just Fair Consortium
DPAC launch manifesto
New paper written by Karl Nunkoosing and Mark Haydon-Laurelut
New paper by Terry Lynch - Hospital
New publication - Returning Home
New publication by Chris Howells and Chris Yapp
The Housing and Support Alliance (H&SA) has appointed Dr Simon Duffy, Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform, as its new chair.
Open letter from Campaign et al.
The latest book by Dr Simon Duffy, Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform, is now available to buy.
A new practical guide to support published.
New initiative to increase the supply of housing for people with learning disabilities from the Housing and Support Alliance.
SWSC Media are hosting a Twitter debate on Stand Up Social Work.
We remember the great pioneer and innovator Carl Poll.
Alicia Wood on residential care
Jon Glasby on social care funding
The OU is looking for researchers to work with them on a European Funded project to look at the history of people with learning difficulties.
Public Meeting - Saving Civil Legal Aid and Judicial Review - briefing meeting for NGOs
A Finnish perspective on the state of the welfare state in the UK today.
All in this Together deliver open letter to Welsh government in support of co-production
Article by Simon Duffy on Huffington Post UK on the severity of the cuts to social care.
Learning Disability Today regional exhibition and conference in Sheffield 14 May.
Launch of NCIA Inquiry into voluntary services on 10 May in London.
New research from Sheffield Hallam University on the impact of welfare reform across Britain.
The Centre has published two major reports on the progress of disability funding reform and self-directed support in Australia.
The Centre is hosting a seminar in Doncaster to explore the future of social work.
A public meeting hosted by Sheffield Equality Group on cuts to social care and support.
No Going Back documents the experiences of people who lived and worked at Prudhoe Hospital in County Durham.
Effect of the crisis on people with disabiiities to be debated in European Parliament on 12 March.
New report: A Fair Society? - how the cuts target disabled people
Simon Duffy has written a blog post on the Huffington Post UK website about the proposed Welfare Cash Card.
Chris Yapp and Chris Howells outline their concept of Community Sourcing, strengthening rather than hollowing out communities
Members of Pats Petition meeting Liam Byrne MP February 6.
The Centre for Welfare Reform, in partnership with Relative Matters, are hosting a day of reflection on innovation for older people and future policy direction.
Campaign group calls for government to go ‘back to the drawing board’ as new report analyses impact of unexpected disability benefit changes
A Post-Winterbourne opportunity to identify positive, outcome focussed alternatives to expensive, out of area placements and assessment and treatment units.
A commission on disability hate crime established.
Government reduces mobility for disabled people.
Pat's Petition Debate in House of Commons in January 2013.
Personal Health Budgets evaluation report published
Speaking for us? Don't let them get away with it - sign our letter!
New UK Chair for Campaign for a Fair Society
The over-regulation of the national disability insurance scheme could lead to the duplication of services and a blowout in costs without major improvements to the lives of…
Anticipating the publication of Professor Harrington’s third (and, for him, final) annual review of the Work Capability Assessment, the WeAreSpartacus group have…
Partners for Inclusion Conference - Changing the Face of Services for Good
A new vision is needed
Choice Support improves night-time support and reduces costs by providing more personalised support through use of ISFs.
An event with Social Work Action Network (SWAN) and the Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
A day to develop and practice our facilitation skills for fellows of the Centre and guests.
A conference to bring together disabled people, including disabled children and their parents and their allies, to explore the opportunities and choice with regard to…
Housing Options and the Association for Supported Living merge to form a new learning disabilities membership organisation.
How professionals can help to create genuine, sustainable social change.
This conference will explore three key aspects of mental health reform: personalisation, payment by results and peer power.
Working Together - to deliver better housing and support for living, Housing Options' Annual Conference on 22 November.
Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services, which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.
Academic study finds back-to-work scheme's reliance on financial incentives undermines service innovation
Don Derrett's article in the Guardian on lessons for public managers following the Winterbourne View hospital scandal.
Congratulations to Steven Rose.
Fellows Event - 18th September 2012.
Moving forward with Self-Directed Support.
This valuable resource has been updated.
North West Personal Health Budgets event in Liverpool on 12 September.
Mithran Samuel of Community Care writes about The Centre for Welfare Reform's latest report: A Fair Budget.
Personal Health Budgets: Experiences and outcomes for budget holders at nine months: Fifth interim report from the Social Policy Research Unit.
Independent Social Work Pilot Project run by ibk initiatives and LivesUnlimited.
Simon Duffy's article in Guardian on Local Area Coordination.
Clare Jones awarded CBE.
Article in Guardian on Kelly Hicks and her role as an independent social worker.
NI campaign begins
Innovation network launch in Leeds on 28th June
Members' Away Day on 27 June in London
LAC to be published
New report on peer support published.
Guardian letter published
New proposals in England could promote inclusion and citizenship for disabled children
Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services, which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.
‘This is an invaluable book for anyone involved in planning care for elderly loved ones. It is both highly personal and supremely professional. It is a book about practice,…
It was announced this week that the Personalisation Forum Group has been shortlisted for the Mental Health Hero community organisation award.
The first Self Direct Members' Meeting (free membership included).
Sarah Maguire of Choice Support wins an award for Training and Good Practice.
Welsh Focus's Inaugural Conference - an important event in Wales.
The Campaign For a Fair Society is launching its manifesto for a better future at an event at the House of Lords today (12th March).
How a large block contract was converted into individual service funds - report launch 7 March 2012.
Details of the Manifesto Launch for the Campaign for a Fair Society.
Adult Social Worker of the year, Kelly Hicks, writes about Support Buddies - peer support in action
Congratulations to Kelly Hicks!
The Centre for Welfare Reform and the University of Birmingham have just published proposals for a radical reform of the tax-benefit system.
Report outlines the cost of too many deaths in hospital and the case for using personalisation to better support families and individuals to promote dignity in dying.
Local communities need to be treated positively and respectfully if positive change is going to be achieved.
The Social Policy Association awarded Simon Duffy - outstanding contribution by a non-academic for his defining work on personalisation.
The Centre for Welfare Reform has published a landmark report on the innovative work of WomenCentre. Innovative and efficient services like WomenCentre continue to overcome…
A policy proposal to reduce the growing numbers of women and children in prison - published by The Centre for Welfare Reform and the University of Birmingham
Simon Duffy, one of the pioneers of personalisation, gave the 2011 Tizard Lecture at Kent University. He describes how the current crisis in the welfare state and the cuts that…
The Campaign for a Fair Society has been launched to challenge the unfair cuts that target disabled people and to propose positive reforms that advance family, citizenship and…
Vidhya Alekason's policy paper makes the case for extending the use of individual budgets to large areas of healthcare.
People with mental health problems in Doncaster who have come together to transform their own lives and improve the quality of local services have just won a major award.
New discussion paper sets out the case for abandoning the health and social care divide for mental health services.
The case for radically reorganising the care management role and making better use of social work skills.
Researchers call for new system to support disabled children and their families.
A report and companion toolkit outlining the architecture necessary to support personalisation.
Showing service providers how to transform their current services to offer highly flexible and creative supports - to people with the most complex and challenging needs.
A ground breaking model showing how mental health services might work in the future.
Radical extension of personalisation proves possible giving young people with disabilities and their families a totally new level of control over their life after school.
New publication raises doubts about the value of independent professional brokerage.