E N T who we are. what we stand for. what we stand against. EST 20 M 20 U N C H S T A T E PAGE 1 L A O LI TI C AL V O IC E AR A DI CA L P S S T A N A L YS IS B Y AND S O CI AL I E P ER IEN C ED F O R TH E C A R E EX C E E X P ER IE N C E D THE C A R E C A R LA lace.solidarity @lace.solidarity lace.solidarity @lace.solidarity @gmail.com WHO WE ARe. 1 'Looked After and Care 2 This can range from anyone currently in Experienced Solidarity' (or LACES / the care system as a 'looked after child' living LACE-SOLIDARITY) is a network of in foster care, a children's home, residential care, child supported living, unaccompanied asylum Capita lism individuals who have been under a care order as some point in their seeker refuge, adoption services, youth life and had interactions with prisoner, forensic hospital patient, on remand child protective services . etc and all those out of care as care leavers in whatever setting they find themselves now . 3 Initially our members are currently based in 4 but by no means will it be UK the United Kingdom so exclusive and we aim to reach out our analysis, commentary and to and build our network organising will most likely focus from other care experienced on care-related topics in the UK . communities across the world . WHAT WE STAND FOR & AGAINST. 5 We stand for Socialism, We are unapologetically political, We provide 6 There are several hundred thousand care experienced people in the UK alone and millions more across the world and we put forward the statement that from start to finish of someone's time in care no matter how short or long, it Prof iteering collective political solidarity, has been political actions and political choices that have not cold detached 'charity' . shaped it and contributed to your experience whilst in it . 7 it was those in political power or 8 Politics can do this because politics is those with access to it that decided power and power is currently is in the how much funding should be cut wrong hands when it needs to be in yours, from your local authority, how much to under staff your local social for children's protective services and care services, to cut your mental health services to be ran democratically under the provision, to close your local youth control And management of service users Auste rity centre – nursery – women's refuge, to and service workers, not for private sell off and privatise local council companies profit or austerity politicians . services and homes . 9 Care experienced individuals 10 However a care-experienced political voice come from all demographics but in the grand scheme of things is barely seen overwhelmingly most come from or heard in the mainstream media, let alone working-class communities and from a socialist one. We aim to change to that. 2008 onwards since the finical crash That's why our political analysis will not capitalists have been making the be neutral, it will provide a platform to working-class pay for their mistake, giving the bankers bonuses whilst fightback against both the Tories and they tore our communities apart any Blairite enablers that do the Tories with austerity cuts... with one of the dirty work by passing on austerity biggest factors of family breakdown cuts and supporting the for-profit and youth going into care being marketisation of child care services . Privatisation poverty related . 11 We are not 'pro' or 12 We organise, fight and campaign against how child 'anti' children and young people care services are ran like a for-profit business, going into care. The reasons for against how the The Financial Times, the paper of youth going into care are complex choice for so many ‘Venture capitalists' or more and multi-faceted but we are appropriately vulture capitalists stated that against how the service is how foster care is a 'growth business ripe for managed and whose interest consolidation'.To make money for share-holders, not its ran in... in the interests of for all funding to go back into avenues of child market forces and the profit welfare . motive . 13a It's impossible to fit our entire programme and ideas here but we will 13b to reverse all austerity cuts, to expand it over time through our different platforms and as our capacity grows but our fundamentals would include to fight for the rights of care- fully fund all support programmes and packages for care-experienced users, to stop the failures of the Expl o ita tion experienced community as service users state where we have to rely on the linked up with service workers (who are donations of charities but all our key workers), to fully nationalise under democratic public ownership all foster basic needs and more should be met care and bring back in-house all council by professional public sector services . child care services under a National Care Service akin to the NHS . 14 LACES is an initiative of 15 We reach out to and support the wider individual Socialist Party care- Labour movement of trade unions and experienced members but you service user campaign groups, everyone don't need to be a member of one to be a member of the other, as from 'Social Workers Against Austerity' – 'IWGB Foster Care branch' -Disabled People commodification long as we can find a point of Against the Cuts' and more, an injury to unity over a socialist and anti- austerity programme . one is an injury to all! . 16 If your care-experienced join LACES today for the fightback, to fight for a society of the millions not millionaires, for care-experienced rights not profits .