WCA May Have Failed But What Activists Want Is Worse

The Work Capacity Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) has been controversial to many people, and there has been plenty of calls for it to be scrapped. I am therefore somewhat bemused by the mute response to the government's commitment to do just that in the spending review.Despite what many believe I have … Continue reading WCA May Have Failed But What Activists Want Is Worse

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Puting the ‘Y’ in Dysability

The terms used to describe dysabled people have radically changed over the last 200 years as many terms are corrupted, with many terms ending up being now used as derogatory insults.The term disability replaced handicapped as the main term in the early 1980s, and it has lasted well, where Disabled people is a wholly accepted … Continue reading Puting the ‘Y’ in Dysability

The Forgotten History of the Disability Discrimination Act

As people celebrate 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act was enacted, it is worth briefly reminding ourselves that it was not the act anyone campaigned for or wanted. Instead, it was a compromised act proposed by the then Conservative government to divide the disability movement and to stop a more substantial Disability Rights private … Continue reading The Forgotten History of the Disability Discrimination Act

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

As the House of Commons vote on the First Reading of Rob Marris' Assisted Dying bill comes near, I feel it is time for another article on what is a very important topic for me. While the bill is aimed at those at the end of their lives, there is a long term consequence for … Continue reading Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Has Labour Lost Its Natural Friendship With Disabled People?

On my wall I have the back of one of my business cards signed by Tony Blair (in Blue) and the late Tony Benn (in red). I got their autographs at a lobby for Roger Berry's Disability Rights Private Members Bill in 1994, which failed but it was the start of a whole raft of … Continue reading Has Labour Lost Its Natural Friendship With Disabled People?

Has Labour lost its natural friendship with disabled people?

On my wall I have the back of one of my business cards signed by Tony Blair (in Blue) and the late Tony Benn (in red). I got their autographs at a lobby for Roger Berry's Disability Rights Private Members Bill in 1994, which failed but it was the start of a whole raft of … Continue reading Has Labour lost its natural friendship with disabled people?

Why Is the Social Care Debate So Primitive?

I read the Chief Inspector of Social Care's, Andrea Sutcliffe, recent article in the Guardian with disappointment and concern at her arguments, as well as the wider debates within social care. Social Care has been politically reduced into simply being about warehousing older people, as loved ones simply waiting to die, with no contribution left … Continue reading Why Is the Social Care Debate So Primitive?

My Labour MP is undecided to whether I should keep the right to life

A few weeks ago I attended a lobby of MPs, at Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament, to ask them to oppose Rob Marris’ Private members bill on ‘Assisting Dying’. I was pleased to see that my own Labour MP, Geoffrey Robinson, had turned up to meet me, although that was as far as … Continue reading My Labour MP is undecided to whether I should keep the right to life

Hooray! Dilnot’s Care Cap Has Been Halted

After two white papers from twp successive governments, the Care Act was hailed as a major victory as the next generation of social care for adults. The jewel in the crown of the act was the care cap, limiting the amount any one person would pay for social care within their lifetime. It was the … Continue reading Hooray! Dilnot’s Care Cap Has Been Halted

Would Channel 4’s ‘Humans’ Be Good for Disabled People?

I have been watching Humans on Channel 4, and the potential impact the idea of consumer focused 'synthetics', with great interest. If we ignore the storyline, I am really interested on how they would improve, or perhaps harm, the lives of disabled people, especially those of us who employ personal assistants to support us to … Continue reading Would Channel 4’s ‘Humans’ Be Good for Disabled People?