UK Uncut: directaction
Over the last few years my involvement in UK Uncut has taken
several different forms. For example, I have regularly participated in
its actions and protests, written articles and blogs about the campaign,
given interviews to the media as a spokesperson and was a director
of UK Uncut Legal Action, whose work I discuss below. I thought it
would be worthwhile to write this chapter to reflect on what Uncut
has achieved so far, and the strengths and weaknesses of its model of
This chapter deals with the application of austerity since 2010 as a political act designed to transform the way in which local authorities in the United Kingdom operate and are funded. It explains how the local authorities have been dependent on government funding as the UK is considered as one of the most centralised states in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It also recounts how the UK government in 2010 decided that the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) funding paid to councils would be removed through annual tapering to zero by 2020. The chapter probes the intention of the UK government to replace RSG with each of the council's retention of 75 per cent of the local business rates. It analyses the system of local government funding that operated until local government reorganisation in 1974.
to set out the action that social workers can take. This includes action to bring about change
in policy so that it ceases to be oppressive. It also sets out how social workers can go further and
take directaction through their own practice.
key words ethical practice • directaction
To cite this article: Slasberg, C. (2019) Ethical and lawful practice in assessment of need and
planning support: the case for action, Critical and Radical Social Work, 7(1): 111–17
The political context of assessment practice
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