Bernadette Meaden's blog

Universal Credit, foodbanks, and media management

Imagine living in a country where an admission by the government that its own policies were causing hunger amongst the population was greeted as a positive development by social justice campaigners

Benefit sanctions: where is the government's duty of care?

The government has recently been

Can a tour of foodbanks by two MPs serve any useful purpose?

I confess, when I first heard that Conservative MP Heidi Allen was undertaking a tour of foodbanks to understand the causes of poverty in the UK, I was very angry.

Universal Credit rumbles on: don't be distracted by the smoke and mirrors

In any appraisal of Amber Rudd’s performance as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, there is one area in which she should score very highly – media management.

Welfare reform: increasing hunger by design

In the UK today there is more protection for the nutritional needs of prisoners than there is for people who are poor and in need of social security.

Austerity, artificial scarcity, and the 'migrant crisis'

A banker, a worker, and a migrant sit at a table, on which there are a dozen biscuits.

The nativity, child poverty, and where the church stands

At Christmas, Christians focus their thoughts and prayers on a traditional nativity scene, with the baby Jesus at its centre.

In the UK in 2018, we must defend our human rights

Decades ago, I joined Amnesty International. Naively, in those days I thought human rights were something that needed to be defended in other countries.

Foodbanks, the Irish Famine, and Poor Law reforms

Foodbanks expect more people than ever to need their help this Christmas, but MPs who support the policies which created such need are shamelessly using it for seasonal photo opportunities.

Book review: Mithras to Mormon: A religious history of London

Mithras to Mormon: A religious history of London by Philippa Bernard