Bernadette Meaden's blog

Social security and the hostile environment for disabled people

Some time ago I went to the birthday party of a woman I’ll call Ellen.

Eton Rifles and political education

Richard Burgon has said that if elected deputy lea

Book review: Poverty Is Not Natural by George Curtis

Inequality is an issue that looks set to rise inexorably up the political agenda in the coming months and years.

The welfare reform cliff edge looming for Northern Ireland

Whilst much of Great Britain has spent the past few years worrying about a Brexit cliff edge, many people in Northern Ireland have been worrying about another looming cliff edge, which will have a

Our future is in the hands of young people, and they are good hands

For people who believe in a compassionate society and progressive politics, these winter days can feel very dark indeed.

Some random thoughts on a fearful day

This morning many of us are feeling sick with disappointment and fear. Fear of what the coming months and years will bring. We may also be feeling a fair amount of disbelief – I know I am.

Christmas 2019 - Dickensian for many, but not in a good way

The fascination with Christmas TV advertisements has tended to pass me by.

On tax cuts and infant mortality

Yvonne Hope from the Christian charity Barnabas

The Spending Review - a continuing attack on the poorest households

Recently on Twitter, Rory Stewart MP was discussing a visit to a foodbank, and struggling to process the anger he encountered.

Ask not what people on low incomes are doing for their country

It was recently revealed that 43 per cent of UK adults pay no income tax, because their annual income is below £1