Bernadette Meaden's blog

Leave or Remain, we need a preferential option for the poor

Sometimes, Leavers and Remainers seem like divorcing parents so caught up in the battle for custody of their child, they fail to notice that the child is seriously ill.

Book review: Austerity's Victims: living with a learning disability under Cameron and May

There are almost a million adults living with a learning disability in the UK.

Spring Statement: starving the children to pay off the mortgage

As I listened to Phillip Hammond’s self-congratulatory assessment of

Why is government held to account on money lost, but not lives?

In recent days the media has positively revelled in Chris Grayling’s reputation for incompetence, and almost every report focused on what his failures have cost in financial terms.

The Independent Group - old wine in a new bottle

The Independent Group (TIG) shows no sign of any fresh thinking, and every sign of being firmly attached to the status quo.

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.