Author: Peter White

PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?

Now that the Government has come clean that its motivation for moving people on to Personal Independence Payments is getting the benefits bill down, Peter White says it has forgotten the day-to-day extra costs disabled people face. Is Britain broke or not? One minute we're being told to pull up the drawbridge, pull in our horns; … Continue reading PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?

DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

The absorption of the DDA into the Equalities Act in 2007 represented dilution of legislation which, despite its weaknesses still managed to achieve change, says Peter White. Twenty years ago I presented my first piece for BBC ONE’s prestigious Six O'clock News. It covered the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and for me, … Continue reading DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

Democracy and doing down disabled people

Democracy and doing down disabled people

Whatever the outcome of the pending general election, Peter White says the result will be a bad one for disabled voters. Despite cash for questions, dodgy expenses claims, and MPs who rarely open their mouths, let alone say something sensible, we're still very pleased with our democracy in this country. As the so-called short campaign … Continue reading Democracy and doing down disabled people

Election selection: the disabled person’s guide to voting

Election selection: the disabled person’s guide to voting

If as disabled people we were to base our choice at the election purely on disability, Peter White says casting our vote would be a thankless task. If you're not expecting a magenta bus to come along to tell you, sorry ask you, what your voting intentions are or if there's no space on your … Continue reading Election selection: the disabled person’s guide to voting