The “ruined lives” of Oscar Pistorius and Ched Evans: why do men matter more than women?

Ched Evans, professional footballer and convicted rapist, walked out of prison on Friday. It’s unclear whether he will be walking back into his career and the money and celebrity that come with it. Over 100,000 people have signed a petition against Evans being reinstated by his ex-club, Sheffield United. The boys have his back though. The […]

Benefit sanctions: an inhumane system that’s out of control

The coroner said that when David Clapson died he had no food in his stomach. Clapson’s benefits had been stopped as a result of missing one meeting at the jobcentre. He was diabetic, and without the £71.70 a week from his jobseeker’s allowance he couldn’t afford to eat or put credit on his electricity card […]

Disabled children’s services being cut is the real story.

Over the past few years of cuts to disability services, I’ve covered many changes affecting adults – and some affecting the whole family. There are, however, currently massive reductions in services specifically for disabled children. This isn’t exactly the angle most of the media has been taking.   This week, The Telegraph and The Mirror reported the would-be mum of twins carried by a […]

Poor doors? If you’re disabled, you’ll know society’s segregation doesn’t end there

When London’s “poor doors” – the separate entrances for less wealthy residents of certain buildings – hit the news last month I couldn’t help but think how, for some of us, this segregation has occurred for years and with little public outrage. For wheelchair users, the goods entrance is a familiar way in. Sometimes I […]

Social media and the new brand of disability activism

The sudden onslaught of government cuts disproportionately affecting disabled people and the long-term sick have met with the growth of social media. This was – and is – an era of bedroom tax arrears and Personal Independence Payment delays, where government policies mean the UK risks being in breach of international obligations to the rights and equality of disabled people. […]

The disability housing crisis: disabled people struggling in unfit homes

Angela helps her husband wash with a plastic bowl each day because their bathroom sink is too high for his wheelchair. This is actually a better arrangement than their last home. The bungalow they lived in previously didn’t have a wet room, so Colin, who is partially tetraplegic following a severe spinal injury, had no […]

Assisted Dying: I interview Tanni Grey-Thompson

I’ve written on assisted dying several times, but – as a journalist and one with a disability – the question of where disability fits into the issue is not an easy one. I’ve argued in The Guardian and New Statesman that, with cases of the late Tony Nicklinson and Paul Lamb taken to the courts, Parliament will eventually need to address a disabled person’s […]