The abuse of disabled people is a hidden crime we must face up to

Almost 5,000 disabled adults – across 106 councils – have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, new figures show. As the NSPCC put it, this is the “visible peak” of what could be a bigger problem of sexual assault against disabled people. People with learning difficulties were the victims of almost two-thirds […]

Under austerity, deprivation in the UK is becoming normalised. Don’t vote for any more of it

Jenny Tomlinson, 24, hasn’t eaten in two days. She has fibromyalgia, a painful chronic illness that means she can’t leave the house, and feeds herself by online shopping “when [she] can afford it”, but after paying her electric and council tax, her benefits have run out. She’s been waiting six months for an assessment for […]

The Tory response to the pain of austerity: carry on regardless

Iain Duncan Smith may still not know where the Conservatives’ proposed £12bn of social security cuts would come from but his civil servants seem to. A list of “very, highly or extremely controversial” potential cuts to benefits have been drawn up by officials at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as seen by the […]

The Disability Audit: the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people

Listen to the Conservatives promise the electorate £12bn of social security cuts and you have an insight into the thinking that has plagued the last five years. Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have ended this parliament as they began: demonising disabled people and the chronically ill as expensive drains on the rest of society. The […]

British children are living in Victorian conditions – it’s an inequality timebomb.

What does it mean to be one of the richest countries in the world? I wondered this as I read through the report by the Children’s Commission on Poverty (CCP) at the end of last year, in which British children describe the hunger that comes with not being able to afford lunch, or the wait […]

Shut up about Ed Miliband’s two kitchens: if you kick champagne socialists out, champagne Tories will conquer

It’s funny because, up until this morning, I had thought Ed Miliband did all his cooking on a camping stove with out-of-date sausages he found in the discount bin in Aldi. It turns out the Leader of the Opposition has his own kitchen. He even has two. Or, as journalist and friend of the Milibands […]