In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...
First, I've a personal interest to declare. My twin sister Jenny, who died nearly 20 years ago when we were 27, had cerebral palsy. It's been part of the fabric of my life as the non-disabled twin. I certainly wouldn't need an awareness month to bring it to my attention.
The weekend was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare. For years we've warned that the government can't just cut away the housing benefit that five million households rely on before building the hundreds of thousands of genuinely affordable homes we need. But could there be signs that the billions taken out of housing benefit in repeated waves are beginning to cause politicians real discomfort?
After a torrid few days which saw Iain Duncan Smith resign as Work and Pensions Minister partly over the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA)...
Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.
PR is the bedrock on which our government is built. It's right at the heart of the way it operates. We have never had a more media-savvy government or PR-aware leadership. So why did they think they could spin their way around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability cuts? To understand why they truly believed that the great British people would swallow the proposed PIP cuts you need to go back in time. Quite a long way.
A general and logical consensus has emerged; one of cynicism. The consensus that sugests Iain Duncan Smith did not resign as DWP Secretary on Friday due to genuine concern about the impacts of welfare cuts, but instead resigned in order to be able to push forward his own anti-EU message, arm-in-arm with the rest of the Brexit team.
There's only one winner in all of this, and he's got quite the hangover following a weekend on the Pol Roger: Boris Johnson. The Mayor of London hasn't even had to open his mouth yet he will have the biggest grin. Brace yourself. He's ready to enter, stage-right, any time now.
If the Chancellor does nothing, or too little, he will be forever tainted as the worst kind of Tory - the kind that merely seeks to entrench advantage for the benefit of his own class. But if the Chancellor were to adopt this simple 10 point plan he could become the best kind of Tory - a new Peel or Disraeli. The choice is, almost entirely, his.
Today's economic mauling of the poor and the vulnerable has ushered into being a brutal dystopia for those at the bottom of society and a wondrous utopia for those at the top.
The austerity narrative is finally being meaningfully punctured from the front bench of the opposition. If Labour maintains this level of pressure it can expect to do rather better than its critics predict in the upcoming local elections.
Even IDS himself admits that aspects of this are "absolutely appalling". When I brought up the story of the woman who was being told her benefits were being cut on the day she died, he agreed that the case was one of those things that "went wrong" and said that he always apologises to people that suffer from those kind of things. Weirdly though, I couldn't pin him down on whether he'd actually apologised to that particular family or not. It's almost like he's a politician.
I'm exhausted. As someone who has become increasingly politically active in recent years, I don't mind admitting that I am somewhat battle-fatigued. I use the word 'battle' with full cognizance of its dramatic effect.
Naturally, I have no sympathy. If he and Cameron are going to impose a inhumane regime on the most vulnerable in our society, they should not be surprised when it comes back to bite them in public. And yet, they always seem to be....
For the first time in my life, I am a floating voter. I have four months in which to make up my mind. At this stage, I am genuinely undecided which way I will vote in the referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union. My position right now is that I will listen very carefully to both sides, and make my decision when I have to - on 23 June.
Frankly, I cannot believe you genuinely want to undo all the work we and the government have done together to try to put refuges on a more secure footing. I think the disastrous impact the housing benefit cap will have on refuges is unintentional. But, make no mistake, it is dangerous.