sickness

  • 4 Feb 2014

    Disabled and sick people's experience, views and expertise is frequently filtered out of skewed debates and discussions about welfare and benefits. Here researcher, blogger and campaigner Sue Marsh explains what it's like to negotiate the media circus as a person living with a deeply debilitating condition, how the mainstream media fails those most impacted by government-driven cuts and stigma, and why "we must make our own media".

  • 5 Dec 2013

    Pension age will keep rising, UK chancellor George Osborne announced in his autumn statement today (5 December 2013). Young people now finishing their education will probably have to wait until they are in their 70s. This will have a devastating effect on some areas and sections of society.

  • 9 Jul 2013

    When the Welfare reform Bill passed into law in March 2012, Iain Duncan Smith proclaimed, ‘These are the biggest reforms for 60 years. Michael McMahon MSP recently described it as “a tsunami of change engulfing the world of welfare,” and warned that “the biggest waves are yet to come.”

  • 21 Dec 2012

    The times in which the powerful and the comfortable could decide what is best for lives about which they have little comprehension are passing. Our family saying for this condition was 'VWTGTC'. It stood for 'vicar's wife taking gruel to cottagers'.

  • 11 Oct 2012

    The government wants “To set our country back on the path to prosperity that all can share in” and “mend a broken society”, claimed UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the Conservative Party conference on 10 October. Despite national policies inflicting deepening misery on the poorest in society, and promises by his ministers of more of the same, he was seeking to portray his leadership as compassionate and inclusive.

  • 11 May 2011

    The difficulties negotiated and the sacrifices made by many disabled and ill people in getting to London to join the Hardest Hit march against government cuts has been inspiring.

  • 11 May 2011

    Today (11 May 2011) Ekklesia is highlighting the contents of a research paper which maps out the contours of the government's revolution in Britain’s benefits and welfare system - one that hits the mo

  • 11 May 2011
  • 11 May 2011

    The Government plans to cut billions from support for disabled people and their families. Indeed, swingeing reductions, made worse by the 'economies' being imposed on and by local council, have already begun.

  • 11 May 2011

    Up to 10,000 disabled people are joining the Hardest Hit march in London today, in protest against government cuts to benefits and services.