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 […]

Life in limbo: what it’s like to be one of Britain’s hidden homeless

For the past couple of months, I’ve been speaking to Rob – a forty year old single man in social housing who, after having his housing benefit stopped, has been homeless for six months. “Each day is a fight for survival just to get somewhere to stay and something to eat. I’ve not had a […]

Disabled feminism: on the margins?

In writing about feminism and disability (and being a disabled woman), I often think about the way the two cross-over. At times, I’ve looked at those issues: abortion on the grounds of disability; the forced marriage of people with learning disabilities; the domestic abuse of disabled women. But I’m aware, very much, how little attention these subjects get […]

Benefit cuts: One Year On

“I don’t buy into the idea that being on benefits is a lifestyle choice,” says one claimant. “I’d much prefer to be in my old £38k job, with a life of hope ahead of me, instead of worrying about how to make half a loaf of bread an onion and half a bottle of ketchup […]

Independent Living Fund: another DWP cut against the disabled

I wrote a New Statesman column a couple of weeks ago, titled ‘Immoral or incompetent? With the DWP, it’s no longer a choice.’ It summed up what I’d been thinking for a while; the sheer scale of damaging, cut-inspired ‘reforms’ and the depth of carelessness that was accompanying it. As if confirmation, one week later […]

WOW petition: fighting the cuts

The WOW petition read: “We call for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions.” Some 100,000 signatures later, the government has been forced to listen. This morning, the House of Commons will have a full debate on what the “reforms” have done to […]