Free Conference – Outsourcing and Austerity: Civil Society and the Coalition Government

Jointly hosted by TUC, NAVCA, Unite, UNISON and NCIA, the conference, taking place in London on 5th October, aims to bring charities, trade unions, voluntary and community groups and other civil society organisations together to discuss the impact of the coalition government on the voluntary and community sector and the people that it serves and to consider appropriate political and organisational responses.

When: Friday 5th October 2012,  9:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Download Flyer (PDF)      Download Programme (MS Word)

For more information or to book your place, please contact Maxine:
maxine@grantmoarcommunities.com

9 thoughts on “Free Conference – Outsourcing and Austerity: Civil Society and the Coalition Government

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  2. its true,after so many years,my consultant has said she cant do any more for me,that I have learnt to live with my condition operations and surgery willmake things worse,as one consultant said,if there was a factory we could send you too and get you fixed but we cant. some of my children have the same condition,it gets worse by about age 35,hope more can be done for them. ,i have a syndrome,which gets treated individually. hernia,angina,varicoae veins,angina,fissures,acid reflux,arthritis,doesnt sound a lot on its own,migraines ,urinary problems,sublaxions,cant be seen with blood tests,just slight abnormalities,overzealous physios leave me well alone,dizziness,malaiase,beento every type of department,they all come to the same conclusion ,its the way you are. will that do for medical evidence?its taken long enough to get taken seriously,to go through it all again,god no.feel so sorry for others,would not have believedit,if it hadnt have been for dispatches and panorama programmes,they should be suspended and it should have been investigated.

  3. I would love to attend, but the event is totally inacessible. Is it beyondtthe wit of mankind to use a ‘central’ geographic location for such conferences, or are the people doing the organising just ignorant talking out of their *******. I can only think of a handful of Citys which are less accessible in a wheelchair than London……..oh and I see that it is on a Friday as well….when the commuter time trains are standing room only…really thoughtful! In reality, we are not wanted there, it is the perceived thruth that is wanted, not the truth from those of us who really know. No change there then!

    • Sorry to hear you are unable to attend this event because it is taking place in London. We are only advertising this event on the Hardest Hit website and have not been involved in its organisation. If you would like to find out about TUC events in your local area or to make your complaint about the accessibility of this event then I would recommend you contact the organisers directly: maxine@grantmoarcommunities.com

    • As one of the organisers of the event, I can assure you that Congress House is fully accessible and we have a number of attendees with disabilities, including wheelchair users. Agree wholeheartedly that London has very poor levels of accessibility. Unfortunately, this is where our headquarters and conference space are. Finding a date when everyone can make an event is always problematic. I’m sorry that Friday is difficult. It in no way reflects the attitude of the TUC (or any of the other partners in the event) towards friends, colleagues and fellow activists who have disabilities. Some of the key presentations will be filmed and available on YouTube shortly after the conference, we hope our friends at the Hardest Hit will be able to forward links when they become available.

  4. This coalition Government has the genuinely disabled in their sites we dont see thm taking a pay cut no !!!….. then why pick on us, we are the softest target in the UK , this smacks of Thatcherism at its very worst .
    A Government that has lost its moral compass shouldnt be in power . The easiest way to check for cheats is to check hospital records for continued attendance to a consultant, pain clinic or whatever the persons disability and their respctive hospital department the cheat wont have these records will they as they will never have attended ,

    • “The easiest way to check for cheats is to check hospital records for continued attendance to a consultant, pain clinic or whatever the persons disability and their respctive hospital department the cheat wont have these records will they as they will never have attended ,”

      Yours is a very ‘medical model’ take on disability, presupposing that ‘genuine’ disability can only be measured by medical means; as though medicine has all the answers to disability.

      There are lots of conditions that don’t necessarily respond to medical treatment; or can be treated by routine visits to a GP. If a person has a condition that has stabilised or reached a point where medical intervention, at consultant and hospital level, is no longer required, then what is the point of them visiting hospital?

      Many disabled people get on with their lives without a continuous round of consultant appointments, visits to clinics or respective hospital departments. A person does not have to be perpetually ‘under’ a consultant to qualify as disabled or indeed to qualify for benefits such as DLA.

      Regular visits to a GP can keep people abreast of the medical side of their conditions. If and when conditions worsen the GP can then refer the person to a hospital consultant.

      Conflating the issues of a need for medical intervention with the needs of disabled people only serves to reinforce the medicalization of disability and does not recognise the fact that disability cannot be measured in medical terms alone.

      • ..and it is this very issue that ‘the system’ cannot / will not get to grips with…In the meantime we continue to make ‘check up appointments, ensure that consultant letters are sent to GPs and hope that the surgery secretary doesn’t edit them before entering them on the wonderful computerised records system!

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