Bernadette Meaden's blog

'Taking pills at home' - PIP and mental illness

Last week an Upper Tribunal ruling clarified the law, making it clear that people suffering from mental illness and who meet the criteria are entitled to a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Inquiry into PIP and Motor Neurone Disease

There can be few things more devastating than to be diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND

The Smokescreen of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Welfare reform policies, almost without exception, have been based on false assumptions, policy-based evidence, and an astounding ignorance of the lives that will be affected by such reforms.

Trump and May - more alike than appearances suggest?

As we watch the Trump White House in horrified fascination, are we in danger of tolerating similar attitudes and policies from our own government simply because they are expressed in a more subtle

The 99 Names of God - book review

The 99 Names of God : an illustrated Guide for Young and Old

Government ideology makes caring more difficult

When making cuts to social security benefits the government’s approach has been to blame the poor for their own poverty.

Why we can't afford child poverty

In 2013 Sir Michael Marmot warned that Britain faced a

Inequality, scapegoating and misdirection


Theresa May and mental health - first do no harm

Theresa May could quite easily stop her own government making life much harder for people who have mental health problems.

When government policies put people at risk

The Prime Minister, we are told, is going to talk about a shared society. It would be good if she could make it a safe society for those at the sharp end of government policy.