Democratic Process

Whether rightly or wrongly, the government gave the people the choice whether to stay in the EU or leave. Cameron said that he would initiate Article 50 immediately upon a vote in favour of Leave. The people who voted Leave did so in the expectation of immediate action. Having given that people that choice, it … Continue reading Democratic Process

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Government vs Reality – the big society

Dear government, Let’s stop talking about what you think happens in theory and start talking about what is happening in reality. In reality, people are being told they can’t claim JSA after you have told them they can’t claim ESA. In reality, other countries are looking at your handling of social security and using it … Continue reading Government vs Reality – the big society

Ministers don’t get it. Policy should be based on reality, not on misinformation

Ah Bah.   I am sick of hearing about what politicians think, or about what they think the public thinks, or about what the public thinks. I’m not interested in what people think. I’m interested in what they know and what evidence that knowledge is based on. I don’t want a minister who thinks it … Continue reading Ministers don’t get it. Policy should be based on reality, not on misinformation

The Contributory Principle

There is a debate continuing around the social security system on whether those who have paid in more should get back more when they need it. The inverse of this is that those who haven’t paid national contributions get nothing – including those who have not had the opportunity to pay anything. This is where … Continue reading The Contributory Principle

Conflicting Policies

Just as nature takes millions of years to regain diversity after a mass extinction, so neighbourhoods take years, even decades, to build up informal support networks broken by forced removal. Just as DLA is the means that allows people to work, so informal support is what allows people to work. The government isn’t even identifying … Continue reading Conflicting Policies

Something for nothing cultures

I’m getting sick of this ‘something for nothing’ attitude that MPs seem to have regarding social security. They complain about giving Jobseeker’s Allowance to people who haven’t spent many years in employment, and forget that to have spent many years in employment one also has to have lived many years since leaving education. They forget … Continue reading Something for nothing cultures

Beveridge Principles

When Sir William Beveridge wrote his report on social insurance he identified five giant evils: squalor, ignorance,  want, idleness and disease. Squalor, disease and want were all inter-linked. Squalor meant circumstances where disease was rife and often untreated. Want was both created by and a sustainer of disease: want was at times a result of … Continue reading Beveridge Principles

A week of poverty statistics

It seems to be a week of poverty. Median income is below its level in 2009-10. Work isn’t a route out of poverty. Being in full-time work should mean not being in poverty. Yet the majority of those in poverty are in work. This is not relative poverty but absolute poverty - “severe deprivation of … Continue reading A week of poverty statistics

The reality of benefit cuts is shocking

When I first started on disability research, I just saw the numbers. I saw that 40% of ESA claimants told they are fit to work then appeal that decision, and most of them win. I saw that nurses under-award points for people with physical health conditions, and physiotherapists under-award points for people with mental health … Continue reading The reality of benefit cuts is shocking

Shoukld disabled people be euthanased?

Disabled children should be euthanased, according to Cllr Colin Brewer. According to Baroness Warnock, disabled adults should be euthanased. In both cases this is based on the cost to society. Cllr Brewer suggested in an interview with the Disabled News Service that some disabled babies should be euthanased to save the costs of their high … Continue reading Shoukld disabled people be euthanased?