Citizen Network members share ideas, stories and writings on how to advance citizenship for real.
The Social Role of Friend
Rules that restrict friendship between staff and people with disabilities are harmful and irrational.
In Harmony with Nature
We need to radically reimagine ourselves, Nature and the relationship between us.
Persecuting Those in Greatest Need
Toxic welfare policies did not start with the 2010 Coalition Government, many began under New Labour.
A Culture of Cruelty
Thatcherism and neoliberalism has created a toxic culture that targets disabled people for harm.
The End of Family Doctors
Commissioning bodies cannot provide the kind of doctors we want and need.
How We 'Deliver' Peer Support
The People Focused Group empowers people to take back control and then to make their own life choices.
The Seattle 2000 Declaration
The Seattle 2000 Declaration on Self-Determination and Individualized Funding.
Neighbourhood Parliaments and Sociocracy
A short history of sociocracy and the development of the movement of Neighbourhood Parliaments.
Town and Parish Councils
The parish councils of England could be an engine room for real democracy.
Democracy Through the Looking Glass
Democracy should start in our communities, our streets and our neighbourhoods.
Global Standards for Self-Directed Support
The SDS Network has drafted a statement for consultation on best practice on self-directed support.
You Can't Manufacture Doctors
Political talk of solving the NHS recruitment crisis reflects decades of bad policy-making.
Building the Right Support...
Why we are failing to provide the right support to people and what we can do to fix it.
The Failure of NHS Leadership
Have recent leaders of the NHS been wilfully blind or deliberately neglectful of their duties?
Reimagining Disability in Family Life
The ideal of citizenship helps a father reset his relationship with his daughter with disabilities.
30 Years on Citizenship
This article and film reviews the work of Simon Duffy on the topic of citizenship.
DWP on Trial
Neil Carpenter describes the price people with learning difficulties pay for the DWP's welfare reforms.
Self-Directed Support and the Future
Simon Duffy considers some of the emerging trends and how SDS can help us tackle future problems.
Self-Directed Support and System Design
Simon Duffy explores how you design a system of self-directed support that works for everyone.
Self-Directed Support and Citizenship
Simon Duffy argues that self-directed support is a tool for enhancing our citizenship.
My Mental Health
Glyn explains how he manages the voices he hears and how, with help from his peers, he's turned his life around.
Open Letter on Regional Devolution
A letter to Gordon Brown's Commission on Regional Devolution calling for a Citizens' Assembly.
The Challenge of Citizenship
A talk to mark the Launch of Values Into Action Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in 2007.
How to Make Control Work
How can we help people to take control in a system of self-directed support.
The Troubling Health and Care Bill
The Health and Care Bill is a means to undermine the NHS, this is a constitutional crisis.
Do Schools Enable Community?
Are schools actually helping us create better and stronger communities?
Homelessness in Sheffield since 2005
This article explores how levels of homelessness have changed in Sheffield since 2005.
Safe Space is the first ever Peer-Led Crisis Service and it's run by the People Focused Group (PFG) Doncaster.
Global Ranking of Electoral Systems
There are many different electoral systems used around the world, most better than the UK system.
An Inclusive Multi-Media Campaign
Irwin Mitchell created a multi-media campaign that sets a new standard for inclusivity.
Electric Cars, Sharing and Decarbonising
Further measures on car use must be taken now in order to meet the UK’s overall net zero emission target by 2030.
Problems with Universal Basic Services (UBS)
A response by Simon Duffy to Anna Coote's criticism of UBI.
Disability Benefits and Suicide
A Channel Four documentary has revealed the cruel nature of the UK's disability system.
An Interview with Lou Townson
Lou Townson talks about her experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy movement.
On Social Prescribing
Social prescribing can become used in ways that are insensitive to what people really need.
Make Everyone a Policy Maker
PolicyEngine is a tool that gives the public an unprecedented insight into the tax and benefit system.
What is Citizen Network?
We are a global community working for a world where everyone matters.
Self-advocacy becomes much easier when we have the support of friends, family and peers.
UBI: Unpaid Labour and Gender Relations
We need to value care and help move society away from an unjust system that advantages men over women.
An Interview with Katrina Kurowski
Jan Walmsley interviews Katrina Kurowski about their experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy…
An Interview with Patrick Burke
Jan Walmsley interviews Patrick Burke about his experience as a leader and an advocate in the self-advocacy movement.
Imagine a Democracy
Modern democracies must tap into the power of citizenship to tackle our severe environment and social problems.
The Constitutional Elephant in the Room
The lack of democratic constitution, rooted in human rights, creates a fundamental problem in the UK.
Yorkshire - Renewing a Regional Identity
Yorkshire has a strong identity yet it exists in one of the most centralised states in the world.
Moving the Centre
The Centre for Welfare Reform is changing to become Citizen Network Research, this article explains why.
Awed by the Human Spirit
Recollections of the early days of deinstitutionalisation and the emergence of self-advocacy by one of its pioneers.
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