Bernadette Meaden's blog

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

The UN report on extreme poverty in the UK - what next?

On 15 November 2018, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee announced an

Benefit sanctions, disabled people, and evidence ignored

Following the Brexit Secretary’s revelation that he is just getting to grips with the implications of Britain being an island, we probably should not be disappointed or surprised by anything from t

Welfare reform, deaths, and the reluctance to make a connection

When the government said it would delay reducing the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT), Tracey Crouch resigned from her Ministerial post,

The Budget didn't even scratch the surface of Universal Credit's problems

People responsible for designing and implementing Universal Credit, like Iain Duncan Smith and

The origins of Universal Credit

As Universal Credit (finally) approaches the top of the political agenda, now seems a good time to reflect on how it was devised.

Charities, politics, and independence

The role of charities in the UK seems to get more confused and confusing by the day.

Universal Credit and 'managed migration'

Universal Credit can no longer be seen as a benign attempt to simplify the benefits system.