Commentary by Bernadette Meaden

  • April 26, 2016

    We will hear a lot this week about who is to blame for the junior doctors' strike. Is it Jeremy Hunt, or the doctors who are being unreasonable?

  • April 21, 2016

    Faith communities throughout the land, because of their work with people in need, are only too aware of the devastating impact of benefit sanctions on some of the poorest and most disadvantaged mem

  • April 16, 2016

    Late last year, in response to the refugee crisis, Pope Francis called for "every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe" to take in a refugee family. 

  • April 12, 2016

    When Stephen Crabb replaced Iain Duncan Smith as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, it was an opportunity to hope for a different approach, and a change of direction from the DWP.  Alth

  • April 10, 2016

     We shouldn't blame anybody for the actions of their parents, so it isn't fair to blame David Cameron for the financial arrangements of his father.

  • April 4, 2016

    In May 2010 the incoming coalition government seized upon a silly, ill-advised note left in the Treasury by the outgoing Chief Secretary Liam Byrne. It said, "I'm afraid there is no money".

  • March 29, 2016

    Since the Budget, the issue of spending cuts affecting disabled people has been given some long-overdue media attention.

  • March 19, 2016

    From the very beginning of his involvement in social security policy, Iain Duncan Smith got it wrong.

  • March 16, 2016

    In the days before the Budget, some altruistic individuals were telling George Osborne via social media that if tax cuts were to be made at the expense of disabled people, then they personally did

  • March 16, 2016

    Gandhi said 'Poverty is the worst form of violence.' That being so, the Budget was a violent attack on people already battered and bruised.

  • March 11, 2016

    We have, sadly, become accustomed to politicians making dubious claims, or even telling what appear to be lies when they feel cornered, or are trying to make a weak argument seem stronger.

  • March 5, 2016

    A mother too malnourished to breastfeed her baby -  not in a famine-stricken developing country, but in the UK, today.

  • February 28, 2016

    When the government began reassessing Incapacity Benefit claimants in 2010, they expected the majority to be found fit to work.

  • February 21, 2016

    All Our Welfare : Towards participatory social policy by Peter Beresford

  • February 17, 2016

    A talk on "how state benefits can 'warp' the personalities of the unemployed" was

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