Rogue landlords are also profiteering from the welfare system. The CAB says £1.3bn of Housing Benefit is spent on dangerous homes that are unfit to live in.
“The waste of taxpayer money—none of us can feel good about,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the
Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education just last month. Yet, he is calling for a 48% increase in the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) quarter-billion-dollar-a-year ($253.2 million) program designed to create, expand, and replicate charter schools—an initiative repeatedly criticized by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for suspected waste and inadequate financial controls.
SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said: “These are damning new figures showing the appalling impact of the Tory government’s relentless assault on the poor – and demonstrate precisely why we need to take urgent action to ensure the Tories’ punitive, indefensible welfare policies aren’t allowed to continue to push more people into poverty.
Some of the world’s largest banks have admitted criminal conduct in manipulating the global foreign exchange market and have been fined some US$5.7 billion. Have you ever heard of a banker being shot by the police when they were committing a crime?
The Medicare cuts in the trade adjustment assistance bill set a dangerous precedent, allowing Congress to treat Medicare like its own personal piggy bank. Please sign the CREDO petitionto stop this attack on Medicare.
When an employee is unhappy at work, it stands to reason that one of two things is fundamentally at fault: the employee or the work. The happiness industry exonerates capitalism. It’s not that the job is underpaid, the hours unreasonable or the product pointless. It’s that the employee is just unhappy. She should be encouraged to eat better, exercise and practice mindfulness. Or, if those things fail, seek a pharmaceutical remedy.
Police are dealing with “more and more allegations” since the revelation of Savile’s abuse and the sheer scale of it
Jeffrey Bridge, in Columbus, Ohio, led a study that tracked suicide rates for ages 5 to 11 from 1993 to 2012. The white rate fell.
Major changes to the way people’s needs are assessed to decide if they need a package of care and support in Wales have been unveiled by Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford.
Prof. Michael Eugene Collie, 54, Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, passed away Sunday, May 17, in Winslow.
County Hall, Norwich. Council bosses have admitted assessments for some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable children have been hit by delays – after an attempt to ease the pressure on social workers went wrong.
More than six weeks—twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola—have elapsed since the last person known to be infected died. On May 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola.
Is he getting bad advice? Does he seek finally the chance to say he crafted a bi-partisan agreement on something? Or is he what many of us have feared he is for a while now: a Trojan Horse president, presented at the gates as a progressive gift? Once let in, however, an army of Third-Way “Democrats,” multinational corporations, insurance companies, banks and Wall Street masters-of-the-universe were unleashed to wreak havoc, again. Res ipsa loquitur, the saying goes. The thing speaks for itself.
The decision has drawn the ire of the New Zealand Association of Social Workers, which says the Government does not social workers seriously. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley (above) announced an overhaul in April, appointing a high-powered panel to lead the restructure.
Elli Petacque Montgomery, a licensed social worker and deputy director of mental health policy and advocacy at the sheriff’s office, supervises the intake process. Before being sent to bond court, each person under arrest is briefly interviewed to collect information used to determine if mental illness may have played a role.
Scott Walker (above) has proposed cutting $300 million in state funding from Wisconsin’s public universities. According to an analysis by Politifact, this constitutes 13 percent of the overall budget; it would be the largest cut in the system’s 45- year history. UW Milwaukee alone would face a $40 million hit, beginning with $20 million on July
But the topic that received the most attention was the nation’s patchwork of rapidly deteriorating municipal water systems, which are estimated to need more than $1 trillion worth of upgrades. This, water executives said, not only represented a historic opportunity for their businesses, but could also be used as leverage to finally convince Americans to cough up more money for their tap water. It is the classic Shock Doctrine approach – turning a social crisis into a financial shakedown.
Demonstrators attempt to keep protests calm during Baltimore demonstrations
From left: Pat Burland, Allyson Schwartz, MSS ’72, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Dean Darlyne Bailey, Tawana Ford Sabbath, MSS ‘71, PhD ‘86, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy
When Dr. Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?
Lillian, who didn’t want her real name used for fear of reprisal, relies on ODSP and had to complete a long and complicated medical review to confirm her eligibility for the program.
A number of flats at 3 Kellys Row, which faces onto Dorset Street in Dublin city centre, have been declared unfit for residential use. A letter was also sent to a Children in Care social worker on 9 March, warning the building was considered potentially dangerous and a fire safety notice had been served.
Mohsin Ilyas (above), 29, was with his father Mohammad in the village of Kallar Syedan when the attack happened, his family said.
Pablo Doherty (a social worker in Brownlow) was born on the North Coast, lived in Belfast, settled in Aghagallon – and has just published his first poetry book.
Bronwyn Mayden, Associate Dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, oversees a school-community partnership supporting one of the poorest neighborhoods in her native Baltimore,
Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers says she will be making some announcements about long-term care “very, very soon.”
‘I see people from all walks of life, and on the surface it is not always apparent they are struggling.’
People associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement meet on the steps of the Minnesota capitol building to protest the influence of corporate money in politics, March 12, 2012. The American Legislative Exchange Council serves as a major sphere of corporate influence.
Paige. Turpel-Lafond said Paige’s life was chaotic from the beginning, as she was regularly exposed to violence, neglect, open drug use and inappropriate living conditions while growing up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Welcoming committee. Therapists stood outside a Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim yesterday and, for once, wanted to tell folks about their problems. They handed out leaflets claiming the health insurance giant is “retaliating against whistleblowers.”
Victor Montagu pictured in 1962. His abuse of the boy took place over a two-year period about a decade later.
The caseload of Nottinghamshire social workers has left it impossible for them to do the job safely, an expert claims.
A volunteer clears debris scattered around a burned CVS pharmacy in late April after protests in West Baltimore. What needed correcting? Basically, the “nation of takers” narrative, according to which we have been contributing ever-greater sums toward helping the poor, all without making a dent in the poverty rate.
Samia Ibrahim, 14, and her grandmother, Khadija Abdullahi, have been renting an apartment in Salt Lake City since they moved here from Sudan five years ago. A new statewide study released Wednesday show Utahns don’t know much about fair housing laws and reveals some surprisingly discriminating attitudes.
Purpose: The increasing role of systematic reviews in knowledge production demands greater rigor in the literature search process. The performance of the Social Work Abstracts (SWA) database has been examined multiple times over the past three decades. The current study is a replication within this line of research.
Method: Issue-level coverage was examined for the same 33 SWA core
journals and the same time period as our 2009 study. Results: The mean percentage of issues missing in the current study was 20%. The mean percentage of issues missing in the current study was significantly greater than the mean percentage of issues missing in the
Discussion: The research of other groups, and that of our own, has failed to prompt the National Association of Social Workers Press (NASW-P) to act. SWA was failing, it is failing, and NASW-P has failed to correct those failures.
OFSTED inspectors have told Warrington Borough Council children’s services they need to make improvements.
Like many women, Kulasekran Kugamathi lost her husband during Sri Lanka’s civil war. Social workers in the north say that poverty forces many women to leave their potentially vulnerable children behind as they seek jobs further and further away from their villages.
Sujita and her 5-year-old son Jenif lost their home in Khokhana town at the outskirts of Kathmandu. In Khokhana, many people lost their family members and homes after the earthquake and now live in overcrowded tents. Locals are afraid to go back to their homes because of the aftershocks.
Hā Kūpuna, the National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders located in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at UH Mānoa, was recently honored with the Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging by The American Society on Aging.
A study of an obesity drug has ended after the manufacturer released early and ultimately misleading data, researchers said on Tuesday.
A troubled teen finds himself shuffled around the French system as selfless social workers attempt to help him find his path in life.
A UK-wide poll found that 4.7 million people are regularly cut-off from pre-paid electricity, and one in 10 have arrears on their water, gas or electricity accounts. A quarter of British people say they rely on pre-pay meters, which are usually more expensive, due to previous struggles with bills, or because they need help to manage their energy spend. In Northern Ireland half of those questioned said they had meters installed.
Signs of Safety is an approach to safeguarding which involves social workers, schools, partner agencies, children and their families. It’s designed to spot issues and concerns at their very earliest stages so appropriate work can be done to protect children and support children.
Members of the Rich Kids gang say they have changed for good (the faces of former gang members have been blurred to protect them from being targeted by rival gangs)
Starting next week, WUOT 91.9 FM and UT’s College of Social Work will ask East Tennesseans one question: “What keeps you up at night?”
Social workers in the UK will have different experiences of government over the coming years. In some parts of the UK our humane mission is welcomed. In others, our commitment to human dignity and human rights makes our voice unwelcome. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, nor should we be deterred. Because social work has always operated at the fault-lines of democracy.
As we know from this week’s leaked Whitehall documents, when it comes to cuts there is no longer any “low-hanging fruit”. What’s left are in large part harsh cuts hitting middle-income working families: or, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies politely puts it, the “less palatable options”.
Siblings Isla and Roni attend the same daycare centre. According to the Institute of Health and Welfare, the number of Down syndrome pregnancies has risen in parity with the rising childbearing age of mothers since the 1990s. In 2011, 170 Down pregnancies were detected in Finland.
Two months ago, one of Muriel Bestina’s foster child turned 19. Under the current rules, that means he no longer automatically qualifies for extra support.
Danielle Boshers (left), Anna Garcia, and Chris Reynolds say the University of Michigan could do a better job welcoming first generation students to campus.
In this May 8, 2015 photo, volunteer Anne-Marie Saintou announces that only special needs children will be treated, or allowed to live at the Mercy & Sharing residential center
If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex, and on Saturday, a Pennsylvania mother of seven died there.
Margaret “Peg” Ruddy is the executive director of the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton.
The social workers’ union, the SEIU Local 509 says Department of Children and Families caseloads are at crisis levels, and they’re increasing. Massachusetts social workers plead for more state funding in the Senate Budget proposal.
In an effort to protect children in the midst of addiction epidemics, some states are jailing women for using drugs during pregnancy. But is incarceration the best approach?
Staff at childcare, youth and remedial centers across Germany have begun an unlimited strike to press for 10 percent more pay. It means added strain for commuting parents delayed by a train drivers’ strike.
The casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam. If the repeal goes through, the Adelson family’s savings, when added to what they’ve already avoided through loopholes, could total as much as $12 billion. That’s far more than the $8.6 billion Congress sought to spare taxpayers over a decade by cutting food stamps last year. High-profile GOP funders Charles and David Koch together control about $100 billion. By repealing the estate tax instead of closing its loopholes, Congress could put an additional $40 billion in the pockets the next generation of Kochs. That’s over 13 billion school lunches.
At May’s Nails Salon on West 14th Street in Manhattan, a customer gets a neck massage while her nails dry.
A boy looking into the Louis H. Pink housing project, Brooklyn, New York, 2012
The Lakin State Hospital for the Colored Insane opened in 1926 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
‘We want to see a [social care] system that is protected through adequate funding’, says Adass’ Ray James.
5 July 1948, England. Welsh Labour politician Aneurin Bevan with a group of nurses on the day that the NHS came into being. ‘The NHS, born out of war and strife, helped heal a nation,’ writes David Nicholson and others.
Lakehead University social work researcher Jo-Ann Vis speaks during a mental wellness training program for paramedics at Superior North EMS Wednesday.
The C4 closure comes on the heels of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s closure of half of Chicago’s public mental health clinics. The city had pointed to C4 as an alternative resource to public clinics.
A viewer watches UKIP leader Nigel Farage on a televised election debate on April 4, 2015, in London
Social workers could face a five-year sentence for failing to report suspected child abuse.
Growing numbers of working class people face the nightmare of eviction. Part one of a three part series on housing in Coalition Britain.
Arturo “Art” Virgen-Sandoval tours Old Main on the Tempe campus on May 4 – the first time he’d ever gotten to see inside the building. He has been a student at ASU’s School of Social Work in Tucson and will receive his degree May 11 at Sun Devil Stadium, despite a medical diagnosis four weeks ago that had doctors urging him to suspend his studies.
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, 44 percent of school administrators admit that they’ve cut physical education or recess to focus on test prep.
Social workers live with the anxiety of making a mistake with terrible consequences, feeling that they are ‘a Baby P waiting to happen’.