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Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship$
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Shana Cohen, Christina Fuhr, and Jan-Jonathan Bock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331032

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331032.001.0001

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Austerity and social welfare in the UK: a perspective from the advice sector

Austerity and social welfare in the UK: a perspective from the advice sector

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Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship

Amardeep Bansil

Policy Press

This chapter examines the implementation of austerity measures and its impact on the advice sector and on vulnerable groups. The perspective will be examined from Amardeep Bansil’s experiences at Havering Citizens Advice and Greenwich Citizens Advice as a trainee volunteer, trustee and paid staff member. His analysis will also centre upon local and national institutional changes necessitated by the changing political landscape and its effect on service delivery, funding and the difficulties faced by the advice sector. His perspective suggests that the austerity measures, particularly the welfare benefit reforms and legal aid cuts, have had a detrimental effect on vulnerable groups, specifically the disabled. Although the austerity measures have led to increased campaigns and a greater collaboration within the advice sector, there is a desperate need for legislative and institutional reforms to safeguard vulnerable groups and improve services within the third sector.

Keywords:   Austerity, vulnerable, disabled, advice, reforms

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