Category: Politics

“Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

As a founder member of the UK disabled people’s independent living movement, John Evans finds nothing to celebrate in the result of the EU referendum. 23 June 2016 will not go down for disabled people in the UK as "Independence Day", as coined by Nigel Farage. In fact, it will go down as the blackest … Continue reading “Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Whether it’s in, out, leave or remain, Ruth Patrick says that disabled people’s voices and our issues have been largely missing from the arguments either way. Nestled between a pile of takeaway menus and a reminder about an overdue library book, today’s postal offerings included a missive from Jeremy Corbyn asking me to vote remain … Continue reading Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

June 6-12 is the annual celebration of Carers Week, highlighting a “campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.” But what asks Jane Renton if you have to fight even to get recognition as a carer in the first … Continue reading Caring, parenting and points of pressure

Health care and social care: the great divide

In confronting a problem which has existed since the creation of the NHS in the 1940s, Professor Mike Oliver comes up with a radical solution for dealing with resultant inequity. Recently I switched my support package from the local social services department to the local health authority and succeeded in crossing the great divide from … Continue reading Health care and social care: the great divide

Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda

As the Government’s migration of disabled people from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) picks up pace, Ruth Patrick talks to members of the network which is determined to reveal Department for Work and Pensions’ hidden intentions. Replacing DLA to PIP was always about saving money. While it has been presented as … Continue reading Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda

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?