Bernadette Meaden's blog

Serious questions about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Over the past few years the DWP has developed something of a reputation for having scant regard for facts or statistics. It has been accused by the UK Statistics Authority of twisting or misrepresenting figures in order to justify its own policies.

Foodbanks: charity, justice and Cameron's avoidance

For several weeks at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron has been asked about foodbanks. Each week he has had a request by an MP to visit a foodbank in their constituency, to speak to the people who run them, and to the people who rely on them to feed themselves and their families.

Welfare: Archbishop should seek justice, not charity

The day before he became Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby spoke at an evangelical church in Nottingham. His comments were summarised by the Daily Telegraph thus; ‘The welfare state cannot go on doing the job it has for the past 70 years and the Church should step in to fill the void, according to the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury’.

Panorama exposes the great (war on) disability scam

Last night’s Panorama programme (BBC1, 28 January 2013) was sickening, but for those interested in disability or welfare issues, sadly not so shocking.

Where are the alternative and challenging voices on the BBC?

I have been concerned about the BBC for some time. I wrote about those concerns last year and since then I believe matters have got worse, not better. As far as political coverage is concerned, this national treasure is beginning to look like a cosy club.

How Iain Duncan Smith is contributing to family breakdown

Amongst the avalanche of changes coming from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) at the moment, one in particular gives rise to a terrible irony.

The trillion dollar coin

There is an idea gaining ground in the US which sounds absurd, but which perhaps simply highlights the absurdity of something we now consider normal.

These seeds of resentment and hostility have been sown before

It’s sometimes said that, when discussing politics, the first person to make a comparison with Nazi Germany has lost the argument.

'Tough choices', Cabinet paper revelations, and the assault on welfare

UK government Cabinet papers from 1982, now released under the 30-year disclosure rule, confirm that the dismantling of the welfare state, the privatisation of the NHS and the savage cutting of public services has been a long-held ambition of the Conservative party.

Justice Collective show the way for Christmas

It’s easy to get cynical about celebrities and their charitable efforts, but this year’s race for the Christmas No. 1 actually seems meaningful, as The Justice Collective’s ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ looks well placed to win. [It did!]