Work, first on the list?

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A presentation for VIA Scotland on why work should be first on the list of actions for citizenship.

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Work, first on the list?

  1. 1. Work, first on the list? Supported employment in the 21st century 1 st
  2. 2. • The journey away from the institution has been long and closing down long-stay hospitals was only a beginning. • We have had to develop a range of different innovations and theories in order to help guide us away from our dark past. • We have still got a long way to go.
  3. 3. The system spends people’s money ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! on things people wouldn’t buy for themselves
  4. 4. Making citizenship real for all 1. Purpose - expressing my gifts 2. Free - life lived my way 3. Money - having enough 4. Home - my own place 5. Help - needing others 6. Life - getting stuck in 7. Love - friends, family and lovers
  5. 5. Work, should be first on the list 1. Meaning - fits me 2. Responsibility - grown up 3. Independence - my money 4. Belonging - presence 5. Colleagues - community 6. Contribution - a difference 7. Friendship - mates
  6. 6. The lame rides a horse! the maimed drives the herd! the deaf is brave in battle.! A man is better! blind than buried.! A dead man is deft at nothing. Havamal (The Sayings of the Vikings)
  7. 7. • Supported employment showed people don’t need to be stuck in day centres • Real paid work is a real possibility • Even when times are tough • Even with crazy benefit systems
  8. 8. but the challenge evolves
  9. 9. • Innovations need to develop • Government’s don’t innovate • Innovations must evolve • We must also challenge the system
  10. 10. Challenge crazy policies 1. End the transition’s gap - a fair start for all families 2. End crazy eligibility thresholds, don’t wait for crisis 3. Make Self-Directed Support a flexible entitlement 4. End the Care Tax - another poverty trap 5. Empower local government - protect the local 6. Guarantee a basic income for all - security for all 7. Close down the DWP - no more benefits shame
  11. 11. Continue to innovate 1. Work through with schools and families 2. Support peer networks for people and families 3. Support different forms of employment - selfemployment, social enterprise, micro-employment 4. Train personal assistants and supporters 5. See employers as champions 6. Ensure statutory bodies lead the way 7. Focus on neighbourhoods - the real local
  12. 12. Put work first on the list
  13. 13. For more information: Web: www.centreforwelfarereform.org ! Twitter: @CforWR and @simonjduffy ! Blog: www.simonduffy.info ! Facebook: centreforwelfarereform ! Campaign: www.campaignforafairsociety.org ! Petition: WOWpetition.com Presentation by Dr Simon Duffy for Values Into Action Scotland on 6th November 2013 in Glasgow. © Simon Duffy. Rights Reserved. Full copyright details at www.centreforwelfarereform.org

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