Frances Ryan is a journalist and political researcher. She writes regularly for the Guardian, New Statesman, and others on disability, feminism, and most areas of equality you throw at her. She has a doctorate in inequality in education. Her website is here.
The class hierarchy in acting doesn’t exist in a vacuum: it’s reflective of the rigged opportunities shutting the working class out of most positions of status and wealth in this country.
Iain Duncan Smith’s “overhaul” of the benefit system is surrounded by harmful distortions.
The Department for Work & Pensions has been caught making up case studies of claimants explaining and backing its benefit sanctions policy; the government believes it can get away with anything when vulnerable people are at stake.
This dehumanisation isn’t exclusive to the Daily Mail. Our prime minister believes he can publicly describe some of the most vulnerable of human beings as dirty, buzzing locusts, too.
The latest Budget measures give a painful insight into the relationship between the UK’s austerity experiment and women.
Today’s figures are an exercise in muddying the waters – if you don’t like the answer, ask another question.
Until top recruiters stop thinking that a candidate’s “poshness” is an indicator of their ability, social mobility in Britain will never be more than a myth.
Austerity was a choice and one not born from economic reasoning but political ideology: a desire to dismantle the benefit system and with it, the state.
After looking in detail at all the changes to the benefits system in the last five years, it’s only possible to come to one conclusion: the coalition’s attitude towards disabled people has been pointlessly cruel.
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