Single mums win vs fluctuating Universal Credit payments

Danielle Johnson, a dinner lady from Keighley, West Yorkshire, and three other single mums in waged work, have won their legal challenge against Universal Credit (UC) fluctuating payments.  A court hearing about what redress and compensation they will receive, is expected in February. Families, especially mothers in waged work, who rely on UC to top … Read more

Response to Local Government Association social care consultation

We have just sent in a response to the Local Government Association (LGA) Green Paper on Adult Social Care. The LGA says ‘We are the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government’. They represent 415 local authorities across England and Wales. They issued their Green Paper to influence the … Read more

Sleep-in carers’ pay — my experiences

In April 2017, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that sleep-in care workers should be paid the same hourly rate for the whole of their time at work.  Until then, charities were paying nominal amounts.  Mencap paid a flat rate of £22.35 plus one hour’s pay (£6.70) for a nine-hour sleep-in shift. In May 2017, Mencap appealed … Read more

A living wage for mothers and other carers — petition

We have been part of the independent living struggle for many years.  “Care” is devalued as something only older and disabled people need, when in reality, everyone needs care from before we are born and throughout life, we all need caring relationships and strive for a caring society.  That is, “care needs” are not just … Read more

Disabled People are not Worthless

Disabled people are not worthless Lord Freud’s willingness to consider paying people with disabilities £2 an hour, the closure of the Remploy factories and the demeaning treatment disabled people receive from Atos are starvation policies. The Nazis called us “useless eaters”, expressing similar contempt. This devaluing of human life is widespread. Mothers are called “workless” … Read more