Category Archives: Carers

Carers have a right to not be impoverished, overworked and exploited

Around the world caring work is overwhelmingly carried out by women.

Why is it still not given the recognition and respect it deserves, asks NINA LOPEZ


IN 1946, Liverpool Suffragette and independent MP Eleanor Rathbone won universal family allowance — later called child benefit — after decades of campaigning.

She was outraged at mothers’ dependence and poverty: “Nothing can justify the subordination of one group of producers — the mothers — to the rest, and their deprivation of all share of their own in the wealth of a community which depends on them for its very existence.”

Mental health cuts ‘put lives at risk’

Cuts to adult mental health services in England have started damaging the quality of care given to patients, a report suggests.

The review by the King’s Fund think tank found there was now “widespread evidence of poor quality care”.

Researchers linked this to the use of unproven, cheaper services in a bid to balance the books.

Thank you, disability campaigners, for the difference you’ve made to my life

 Imagine how ashamed of my body I would have been as a girl, being told that it was offensive enough to merit removal

Without people like Jane Campbell, who fought for the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago, I can’t imagine where I would have been today
‘Jane Campbell, one of the leading lights of the Disability Discrimination Act campaign, describes how much she envied her sister for getting a regular education while she was taught how to cook cheese on toast.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

I was 11 months old when the Disability Discrimination Act became law, 20 years ago this week. As I approach my 21st birthday, it’s sobering to think that when I was born, there wasn’t a single piece of legislation protecting the rights of disabled people in the UK and that as I lay on the floor with my soft toys, people just like me – but infinitely more courageous – were out on the streets fighting to be recognised as equal. From where I sit now, it is hard to believe.

It is even more sobering to consider what my life may have been like without the act. Of course it’s impossible to know, yet I am certain that I would not have fared as well as I have.

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