Bernadette Meaden's blog

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”.

'Taking pills at home' - PIP and mental illness

Last week an Upper Tribunal ruling clarified the law, making it clear that people suffering from mental illness and who meet the criteria are entitled to a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Inquiry into PIP and Motor Neurone Disease

There can be few things more devastating than to be diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND

The Smokescreen of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Welfare reform policies, almost without exception, have been based on false assumptions, policy-based evidence, and an astounding ignorance of the lives that will be affected by such reforms.