Bernadette Meaden's blog

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

Is low pay the result of government policies?

This week Robert Peston, ITV’s political editor, tweeted, “It is EXTRAORDINARY AND SHOCKING that un

Holiday hunger, period poverty, and economic justice

In recent years a range of new expressions have been added to our language which, although developed with good intentions to highlight specific and particularly distressing aspects of poverty

A human catastrophe for disabled people, a scandal for our country

For over seven years, disabled people in the UK have endured an onslaught from government which has caused immense suffering, and which some have not survived.