Bernadette Meaden's blog

Hard Times: a Dickensian Christmas in 2017

When Jesus was born in a stable, men of high status brought him gifts. The shepherds, being poor, simply brought their company, and their love.

The disability employment gap - warm words and cold hearts

These days, whenever the government talks about helping people who are ill or disabled, this quote from Tolstoy springs to mind: “I sit on a man's back choking him and making him carry me, and yet

What does the budget tell us about the government's values?

Nothing reveals a government’s values and priorities like a budget: “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) So what does this week’s Budget tell us?

Victorian philanthropy, welfare reform and the budget

It’s a sad indictment of our society that in the run up to Christmas, many people feel the need to focus their charitable efforts on ensuring that children in the UK do not go hungry.

We need accountability for the harm of welfare reform

As Sarah Batty writes in an important but grim

Universal Credit: an interview with Bernadette Meaden

The following interview, on the subject of Universal Credit, is reproduced here with the kind permission of openDemocracy.

Respect is not enough

Recently a former British Army Colonel posted a picture of a white poppy on Twitter with the mes

The obfuscation of poverty

One of the most remarkable features of modern British politics is how, as the share of national wealth going to wages has

Universal Credit rollout is conscious cruelty

The government is going to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit.

Personal Independence Payment assessments

Recently a paramedic carrying out Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments for Capita, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, was found guilty of misconduct by a professional sta