Well That Would Be Nice, but We Can’t Do That in the Current Climate: Prioritising Services Under Austerity

Donovan, Catherine and Durey, Matthew (2018) Well That Would Be Nice, but We Can’t Do That in the Current Climate: Prioritising Services Under Austerity. In: Austerity Policies. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 197-220. ISBN 9783319791197

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Abstract

In this chapter, we consider the impacts of public sector funding cuts within the conjoined narratives of austerity and the ‘Big Society’ on services for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse in LGB and/or T communities. We draw on qualitative interviews undertaken in an evaluation of a regional development project building capacity to respond to LGB and/or T survivors in existing mainstream and specialist DVA services. Interviewees explain how their work—especially of LGBT organisations—is increasingly governed by prioritisation with the loss of spaces for development; and point to similar trends amongst their partners and a focus on ‘generic’ rather than specialist services. Such evidence supports the biofinancialisation thesis wherein social services are assessed economically rather than for their utility in deciding their success.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Michelle Marshall
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 09:43
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 11:22
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10630
ORCID for Matthew Durey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6841-9532

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