Bernadette Meaden's blog

Personal Independence Payment assessments

Recently a paramedic carrying out Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments for Capita, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, was found guilty of misconduct by a professional sta

Is low pay the result of government policies?

This week Robert Peston, ITV’s political editor, tweeted, “It is EXTRAORDINARY AND SHOCKING that un

Holiday hunger, period poverty, and economic justice

In recent years a range of new expressions have been added to our language which, although developed with good intentions to highlight specific and particularly distressing aspects of poverty

A human catastrophe for disabled people, a scandal for our country

For over seven years, disabled people in the UK have endured an onslaught from government which has caused immense suffering, and which some have not survived.

Buy to Let, Iain Duncan Smith, and the Waitrose effect

Amongst the many factors contributing to our housing crisis, perhaps the role of supermarkets is the most surprising.

Stop the Universal Credit juggernaut

The word juggernaut comes from the huge vehicles used by Indian temples to transport statues of their gods. They were so difficult to control that they often crushed people in their path.

State pension age, health, and dignity

As the state pension age rises for both men and women, it will affect the poor much more than the wealthy, and the sick much more than the healthy.

When prescription medication is unaffordable

We know that millions of people on low incomes often go without essentials such as food and heating.

Government-created destitution

A few days ago (29 June 2017) there was an event in Westminster – ‘The Co

Two magic money trees and a helicopter

When the end of austerity is proposed, well-worn arguments are rehearsed.