Latest updates from and for Citizen Network members.
Replace ESA with Basic Income Plus
Dr Simon Duffy writes for the Huffington Post UK outlining the case for abandoning ESA and replacing it with Basic…
Local Area Coordination's Outcomes
New research report on Local Area Coordination: Catalyst for a System Wide Prevention Approach.
Learning Disability Commissioner proposed
In the report 'Time for Change - The Challenge Ahead' by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO at ACEVO.
The case for upfront budgets
In Control Scotland argues that resource allocation systems are a vital part of any genuine system of self-directed…
Plans to cut ESA by £30 a week defeated
Plans to cut Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week have been defeated in the House of Lords.
Fellow becomes Vice-Chair of NHS Alliance
Brian Fisher a Fellow of the Centre has been elected vice chair of the NHS Alliance.
Bedroom Tax 'discriminatory' & 'unlawful'
Court of Appeal Judges have deemed the Bedroom Tax both 'discriminatory' and 'unlawful'.
Latest update on Local Area Coordination
Local Area Coordination Network's (England and Wales) Winter 2015/16 newsletter published.
Close to Collapse
An interim report from Action for M.E on access to social care and advocacy for people with M.E/CFS (Myalgic…
Disabled and pregnant
Kaliya Franklin was interviewed by BBC Ouch on the experience of being disabled and pregnant.
The impact of living with chronic illness
Catherine Hale was interviewed for Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 about her experience of living with chronic illness.
Inspirational Lecture in Glasgow - 18 February 2016
SCIF and the Sherpa Union host this lecture and film with Mark McGowan on Thursday 18th February 2016.
A Modern Hospital explores our institutional past
Disabled researchers, the Finding Out Group, supported by leading academic Jan Walmsley look back at the experiences…
Government disability policy increases suicide rate
New academic research published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health shows link between UK…
Finding Your Way - 30 January 2016
Bringing Us Together are delighted to announce their first Conference, in collaboration with Care Management…
Help a deaf candidate stand for Parliament
Simeon is standing for Parliament at the Oldham By-election. Simeon is deaf and uses 'Sign' as his first language. He…
What can we learn about inclusion from Camphill?
A discussion paper by Maria Lyons asks whether we are really taking the goals of citizenship and inclusion seriously
Friendship - a practical guide published
A new best practice guide to help people build friendships and find love has been published by the Centre for Welfare…
Churches say "Enough is Enough"
Major UK Churches are warning that the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away…
Join the Campaign to Save Adult Education
WEA is leading a campaign to make the case for adult education and to give adult learners a voice, please sign their…
Help reform the Work Capability Assessment
Stef Benstead and Ekklesia are running this survey and invite you to participate.
What do the different kinds of fraud tell us?
The Centre would be interested to publish any research on the different kinds of tax or benefit fraud and what we can…
Letter from people with Learning Disabilities
Wendy Perez is looking for 100 people with learning disabilities who want to sign her letter to the Prime Minister.
Death blamed on WCA by coroner
Simon Duffy talks to RT TV about the suicide of a man declared 'fit to work' by the failing WCA process.
Personal Budgets - what went wrong? 29 October
Dr Simon Duffy explores the ups and downs of personalisation at the Newcastle Business School.
Research on Peer Support and Personal Budgets
Jon Hyslop is looking for focus group participants who have experience of providing peer support to personal budget…
Celebrating Peer Support 9th October
Join us at an event celebrating Peer Support with PFG Doncaster on 9th October.
UN investigates UK for abuse of disability rights
The UN is investigating the UK for its failure to uphold the principles of the Un Convention on the Rights of Person with…
Personal Health Budgets
Personal Health Budgets were attacked by many in the media; The centre for Welfare Reform responded.
Sign the new WOWpetition
The Government continues to assess the impact of its cuts on sick and disabled people - it's time to demand they do
Local Area Coordination research published
Ralph Broad's report on Local Area Coordination - People, Places, Possibilities outlines progress on…
Benefit sanctions in Wales
People with mental health problems bear the brunt of benefit sanctions in Wales, finds a new report published today by a…
Iain Duncan Smith Responds
Iain Duncan Smith responds to letter from leading Catholics asking him to reconsider UK Government's version of…
Open Letter to Iain Duncan Smith
Think-Tanks publish open letter from prominent Catholics to Iain Duncan Smith.
Fellow wins major international award
Steven Rose, CEO of Choice Support and a fellow of The Centre wins Platinum Award for work on ISFs.
Guide backs Individual Service Funds (ISFs)
New guidance published by Think Local Act Personal supports greater use of ISFs.
Petition - DWP must publish death statistics
DWP must publish statistics showing how many people have died after their benefits were stopped.
People-Centred Services Bursary available
On the ‘Vanguard Method for Locality Working’ programme at University of Buckingham.
Don't cut ESA and JSA further
A new petition on Change asks the UK Government not to abolish National Insurance contribution based ESA and JSA…
Psychological abuse in workfare
New research by authors Dr Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn.
Impact of welfare reform on public spending
A resource database on the impacts of public spending cuts from The Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the…
Devastating impact of cuts on disabled people
A letter published in The Guardian 1st May 2015.
Banks need to make accounts accessible
Sign this petition urging banks to create adapted accounts, tailored to their customers' needs.
#welfareceasefire on thunderclap
SIgn up to this thunderclap by 16th April 2015.
Sheffield - Alternatives to Austerity
The Festival of Debate in Sheffield provides a chance to discuss alternatives to austerity.
Carers deserve a livable income
CarerWatch and signatories letter in The Guardian 31st March 2015.
Conservatives leave chair empty
At the Citizen Jury Event being held by LDA England on 2nd April.
Social Care system in crisis
Major new report outlines the increasing crisis in social care