To enjoy all the benefits of our website
It would take 160 years for Philomena to save for a basic wheelchair. The cuts have stolen her independence.
A report of disability benefit claimants’ experiences exposes government cruelty and incompetence in unprecedented numbers.
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.
The Labour party is missing the opportunity to stand up proudly for low-paid workers and those who rely on state support.
Ignoring the history of mental illness of the mother who smothered her three disabled children to death feeds the wider cultural claim that disability is a nightmarish circumstance.
Under austerity, charities are regularly having to substitute for government. We live in a twenty-first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live.
It is very easy to arbitrarily cut benefits rather than do anything about why people might need them.
Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.
When faced with steps, it is not the need to use a wheelchair that makes the person disabled – it is the fact no one has thought to build a ramp.
In matters of sex, sexuality and political campaigning, the resurgence of mainstream feminism overlooks disabled women, who are left with the “half-life” of slicing their identity.