Bernadette Meaden's blog

Meritocracy, social mobility and grammar schools

Theresa May’s attempt to bring back grammar schools seems to be either one of two things.

New book reveals how disastrous welfare policies were developed

How did Britain reach the point where thousands of seriously ill people

'Self-help welfare' - an appeal to self-interest?

Prior to the 2010 General Election, I heard a man on a radio phone-in asking, "Why should I pay tax and National Insurance so that other people can claim benefits?"

'Welfare dependency' or essential redistribution?

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has issued an Economic

The 'magic money tree' now officially exists

The British government can now borrow money at negative interest rates.  This extraordinary turn of events was discussed in a BBC radio interview this morning.

Mentor a child in care

By the time a child is taken into care, they may already have experienced loss, neglect, abuse, or trauma which is hard to contemplate.

Holiday hunger: a national shame

The start of the school holidays should be a happy time for children, but in too many cases the anticipation of leisurely sunny days and fun activities has been replaced by worry and anxiety.

Labour leadership - how did it come to this?

As she launched her leadership campaign, Angela Eagle

Prepaid benefit cards

The idea of paying social security benefits via a prepaid card has been popular in certain political circles for some time.

Chilcot - the saddest truth

As the Chilcot report was released, bereaved relatives of soldiers who died in Iraq uttered terrible truths.