Bernadette Meaden's blog

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

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