Bernadette Meaden's blog

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

Welfare reform, deaths, and the reluctance to make a connection

When the government said it would delay reducing the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT), Tracey Crouch resigned from her Ministerial post,

The Budget didn't even scratch the surface of Universal Credit's problems

People responsible for designing and implementing Universal Credit, like Iain Duncan Smith and

The origins of Universal Credit

As Universal Credit (finally) approaches the top of the political agenda, now seems a good time to reflect on how it was devised.

Charities, politics, and independence

The role of charities in the UK seems to get more confused and confusing by the day.

Universal Credit and 'managed migration'

Universal Credit can no longer be seen as a benign attempt to simplify the benefits system.

Why we don't need centrist politics

At a time when politics is becoming increasingly polarised and antagonistic, it is easy to understand why well-meaning people could find the idea of centrist politics attractive.

Pirates, emperors, and moral authority

The term ‘whataboutery’  had not been coined in the 5th century, but

The BBC and political journalism

The late Gavin Stamp wrote about architecture for Private Eye, under the pseudonym Piloti. As his obituary said, ‘he was entirely unafraid to offend the stars of the profession’.

Holiday hunger and the DWP's response

Last week the Trussell Trust issued an