Bernadette Meaden's blog

The link between poverty and poor mental health should not be ignored

The death of a young man recentl

What Northern Ireland can tell us about welfare reform

Imagine if, when Iain Duncan Smith began his welfare reforms, we had allocated an area of the UK where the reforms were not implemented, as a sort of control group for comparison.

Hard work and Theresa May

In the UK today, hard work is no guarantee against poverty. People in some of the most vital and demanding jobs have the lowest incomes - and they may be about to get lower. 

Is your household income high, low, or average?

When the Labour Party proposed a tax rise for the rich, Shadow Cha

A UKIP government in all but name?

You may be in pain because of a delayed operation. You may be unable to get social care for a frail parent. You may be worrying that your child’s school is about to lose teachers.

Rich House, Poor House - hats off to Hat Trick Productions

George Orwell said, “During a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”.

Record employment and government-created child poverty

When will the government take responsibility for its own role in actually creating poverty?

ESA cut - where is the promised mitigation?

Imagine if a friend had a stroke, heart attack or disabling accident this weekend. Imagine they became unable to work for an indefinite period, perhaps years.

School fees for a state education?

With schools facing funding cuts, parents across the country are being asked to make a financial contribution to make up the shortfall.

Disability, the minimum wage, and Christianity

 In Matthew’s Gospel (20: 1-15) the parable of the workers in the vineyard culminates in the famous phrase, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last”.