Work and pensions secretary, Damien Green claims to be bringing a more benevolent approach to reforming welfare. But Ruth Patrick argues that the decrease in the benefits cap shows he hasn’t entirely abandoned the old agenda and rhetoric. As a supposedly compassionate conservative, the new Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, … Continue reading Benefits cap calls Green’s ‘compassion’ into question
In the latest conversation in our Head-To-Head podcast series, Ian Macrae meets Baroness Campbell of Surbiton. She talks about her suburban childhood and poor early schooling, the death of her first husband and its impact on her disability politics, her hopes for Teresa May's government and how members of the House of Lords react to … Continue reading The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell
Following the announcement by the new secretary of state for Work and Pensions that people with on-going health conditions or impairments which will only get worse will no longer have to go through repeat assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Ruth Patrick reflects on the mixed impact of this welcome change. The man now … Continue reading End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty
As Theresa May’s government continues to bed in, commentators suggest that her approach to social security may be different from the Cameron/Osborne slash and burn approach. But what will take its place and what difference will it make to disabled people? Ruth Patrick reports. Standing on the steps of 10 Downing Street, newly appointed Prime … Continue reading Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?
The general election of 2015 and the EU referendum of 2016 have been two crucial opportunities for votes and voters to shape our future. But as a newly enfranchised disabled voter, Chloe Smith has felt ignored, poorly served and neglected when it comes to information. As a young voter, I was incredibly excited at finally … Continue reading Young voters, disability and political neglect
It was recently revealed that figures showed that the number of disabled people living in Britain had increased by 1 million to 12.9 million. Peter White considers the implications of playing the numbers game. There was a time when the number people you could claim as part of your Disability Tribe, was worn as a … Continue reading Disability by numbers: do the math
The arrival of Penny Mordaunt as Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been greeted with more trepidation than joy, says Ruth Patrick. After her seamless if sudden arrival at No 10 Downing Street, we can perhaps forgive Theresa May for taking a little time to finalise her cabinet … Continue reading It’s wait and see as Mordaunt beds in as minister
For a short while Ian Macrae entertained the hope that a departmental move might change ministerial attitudes, responsibility and emphasis. There was a brief moment in the breathless days after Theresa May’s accession to the UK premiership when it looked as though a Minister for Disabled People might not have been appointed. Several options were … Continue reading Ministerial move would bring focus on rights
The contest for leadership of the Labour party is gathering both heat and momentum. What it lacks for disabled people, says Ian Macrae, is relevance and inclusivity. In the red corner with a reputation for doggedly going forward in the face of fierce opposition, for tenaciously hanging in there and for soaking up whatever the … Continue reading Corbyn and Smith fail to land blows on disability
At last, what appears to have been something of a secret is now out. The new Minister for Disabled People is Penny Mordaunt. And she has peripheral skills which may come in useful, says Ian Macrae. There are a number of interesting things to note about new Minister for Disabled People Penny Mordaunt. But the … Continue reading Will Minister Mordaunt make magic?