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  • charity – Dr. Frances Ryan
    been sanctioned or are homeless she says With help from regional union funding Wilson and friends began running the clothes bank out of their local community centre in October 2014 By mid December they were handing out around a hundred and fifty bags of clothing with toys on top for Christmas and seeing over a hundred people through the door in a day We thought we d be starting with two tables Wilson says But it s just ballooned Demand is so high that they are now looking for a permanent storage facility for the donations Wilson currently uses her house and garage Two more separate north east clothes banks one in Teeside and one in Stanley are due to open in the coming month she tells me Clothes banks are perhaps the latest stage of what the safety net has become under austerity A few years ago not many of us would have believed that food banks at last count having fed a million people would be entrenched into our towns and cities on a national scale The reality is they are now only one part of a much wider trend of charity substituting for government a twenty first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live For New Statesman I reported on the community charity now being used to fill in for the state About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets

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  • Education – Dr. Frances Ryan
    bit This week s New Statesman column looked at the ethics of paying for schooling Or why a holiday isn t the same as a private education No child is destined to fail August 12 2011 December 2 2012 francesryan18 Leave a comment I always said it was my parent s fault Everything that is but to narrow it down specifically the failings of my brain The ruinous rejection from Cambridge and every stage of incompetence before and there after sits firmly on their shoulders though some comfort can be gained in that they didn t actually have a choice It was all in the genes Nature versus nurture is an old debate one regurgitated this week in a new study reminding us of the power of genes in how well we think genetic difference it was reinforced accounts for up to half of the variation between people in IQ That s one for Team Nature or perhaps a tie Flattened by the sense of inevitability that comes with talk of inheritance it s easy to lose sight of a glaring fact if half of how smart we are is down to genes half of it is not It s easy because it s convenient Placated with the proof that a child s ability is pre determined and fixed there is little reason to concern ourselves with the depths of deprivation that run through society and education We did not cause the inequality there is no chance to address it and things we can content the conscious with sit exactly as they should do It would be to grotesquely misuse these studies if we were to latch on to them to encourage a lack of social action to allow progress in genetic understanding to inhibit progress as a humane society Focusing on the passing down of IQ risks encouraging a comfort with the status quo a mindset of what fate seals us to and not what we can do Determinism quickly turns to acceptability and there is nothing in the pandemic of inequality that we should accept lightly Inequality exists We can think of it as an immovable plight dealt by an invisible hand or we can think of it as a stain largely created by man set out by society and therefore entirely open to change It isn t just genes that we inherit from our family after all but money support and aspiration vastly different levels depending on the luck of the draw They are social rather than biological constructs but like genetics ones to which we are born Each will help shape a child not only in the ability they show but the effort they make and what the depths of their mind tell them they can be The power of this type of familial inheritance is pervasive and too often exacerbated by entrenched educational disadvantage rather than improved by a fair system designed to equalize it Genetics and environment play together daily and we cannot ignore

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  • education – Dr. Frances Ryan
    has 25p spare for a snack I wondered again this week when the teaching union NASUWT s warned that there are children in this country living in Victorian conditions turning to charity for regular meals and going without a winter coat Britain s economic recovery can be felt in the lives of hardworking taxpayers David Cameron claimed at a rally on Easter Monday Children are coming to school in dirty or fraying clothes eight in 10 teachers surveyed report Other children are vanishing halfway through the term evicted and without a home near their school to go back to I imagine it is difficult for them to feel the coalition s economic recovery if only their parents had worked harder For The Guardian I wrote about education unequal life chances and the lasting damage government s choices have on society Austerity is literally starving the poorest out of their futures About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets Subscribe Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts Recent Posts Now Britain needs clothes banks too What sort of society are we living in How the battle to save Lincolnshire s libraries became a full time job Luke Loy had a life until his benefits started falling away News Hardworking Britain Disabled workers can t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment Categories Categories Select Category Abortion 5 Benefit Sanctions 7 Benefits 20 Death Penalty 1 department

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  • food poverty – Dr. Frances Ryan
    report by an all party group of MPs and peers released today Lady Jenkin a Conservative used its launch to declare the main cause of this national crisis was poor people who do not know how to cook Jenkin is symbolic of a climate of denial privilege and power that dismisses food poverty as a symptom of the idiot poor The desperation of men women and children detailed in the report may be worth a few minutes pause from our leaders and officials the unemployed woman from Birkenhead who was taken to hospital with malnutrition after not eating for five days because she had no money to buy food the heavily pregnant woman and her partner found living without food in a child s tent near a church in a wealthy Berkshire town in the middle of winter a Wirral man crushed to death after a lorry picked up the bin in which he was scavenging for food He had not funnily enough lost a recipe or failed to work the oven The jobcentre had suspended his benefits and he had received no money for 17 weeks Social security cuts in the form largely of what the report terms these heavy handed benefit sanctions play a crucial role in this widespread hunger Almost 2 million people have had their benefits stopped through the sanctions regime over the past two years If it can get more grotesque that includes a 580 rise against chronically ill and disabled people in the 12 months to March 2014 Benefit sanctions are being handed out with such ease at this point we may as well be kicking the unemployed into the gutter and removing the scraps of food from their hands For The Guardian this week I wrote about the link between food poverty and

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  • poverty – Dr. Frances Ryan
    if only their parents had worked harder For The Guardian I wrote about education unequal life chances and the lasting damage government s choices have on society Austerity is literally starving the poorest out of their futures Benefit Cap another Coalition policy that hits the vulnerable October 29 2013 francesryan18 Leave a comment Maria and her children have been in temporary accommodation for five years after they became homeless in 2008 Her youngest is one year old and there s four of them now crammed into a flat in London The place smells of damp and she tells me it s infested with rodents She s paying almost 400 a week for this The benefit cap the policy introduced nationally in July that sees a cap of 500 per week in benefits per household means that this rent now takes up almost all of the money she has coming in She s been left with 2 98 for each of them per day to pay for food clothes heating and electrics Maria is one of six claimants from three families who this month have challenged the lawfulness of the benefit cap forcing the Government into a judicial review at the High Court Others are women like Rachel and Sarah who have fled domestic violence and due to high London rents and an arbitrary cap on benefits are struggling to feed their children and stay safe This week for New Statesman I looked at the human impact of the benefit cap and the women taking the Government on About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the

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  • British children are living in Victorian conditions – it’s an inequality timebomb. – Dr. Frances Ryan
    eight in 10 teachers surveyed report Other children are vanishing halfway through the term evicted and without a home near their school to go back to I imagine it is difficult for them to feel the coalition s economic recovery if only their parents had worked harder For The Guardian I wrote about education unequal life chances and the lasting damage government s choices have on society Austerity is literally starving the poorest out of their futures Share this Twitter Facebook Like this Like Loading Related education food banks food poverty poverty Post navigation Previous Post Labour and the battle on social security Next Post The Disability Audit the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people One thought on British children are living in Victorian conditions it s an inequality timebomb Quinonostante says April 9 2015 at 3 02 pm Reblogged this on Mentally Wealthy Reply Leave a Reply to Quinonostante Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email required Address never made public Name required Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email About Frances Frances Ryan is a freelance journalist She writes The Guardian s austerity column Hardworking Britain She appears on television and radio shows from BBC s Sunday Politics to Radio 4 s Woman s Hour and speaks at political events around the country She has a doctorate in politics covering inequality in opportunity in education She detests speaking in the third person Follow me on Twitter My Tweets

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  • francesryan18 – Page 4 – Dr. Frances Ryan
    against disabled people People with learning difficulties were the victims of almost two thirds of reported incidents The others had a range of physical disabilities Disabled children are also likely victims The charity Respond noted they had seen some horrendous cases involving young disabled people There are gangs of boys who don t have a disability who are grooming girls who do Your stomach may be starting to crawl at this point Mine is I think most of us would put the rape and assault of people with disabilities into the category of things we do not want to think about let alone say out loud But then that is part of the problem Hush it up Ignore the warnings Some things should not be real Here s the reality Today s finding of sexual assault against disabled adults and likely teenagers and children is part of the large scale abuse of disabled people in this country Disabled children and young people are three to four times more likely to be abused and neglected than their non disabled peers according to the NSPCC Disabled women are twice as likely to be assaulted or raped as non disabled women be it at the hands of a stranger or more likely their partner a family member or the person they have trusted to care for them According to research by Women s Aid half of disabled women and yes this is often a gendered crime have experienced domestic abuse For The Guardian I wrote about this hidden crime Under austerity deprivation in the UK is becoming normalised Don t vote for any more of it May 7 2015 francesryan18 Leave a comment Jenny Tomlinson 24 hasn t eaten in two days She has fibromyalgia a painful chronic illness that means she can t leave the house and feeds herself by online shopping when she can afford it but after paying her electric and council tax her benefits have run out She s been waiting six months for an assessment for the new care and mobility support Personal Independence Payments PIP and her disability unemployment benefit Employment and Support Allowance ESA won t go into her bank account for three days I m out of food now she says My cupboards are empty bar a handful of pasta and half a bag of chips in the freezer There isn t anything I can do There s a food bank in Jenny s town now but she won t be able to use it Because she s unable to get out of bed she can t get to the Citizen s Advice centre that gives out the voucher she needs I ve spoken to a lot of Jennys over the course of this government Twenty something disabled men working out what biscuits would fill his stomach because the PIP cuts meant he d soon have no one to help him reach the oven Women who fled abusive husbands only to have the benefit cap

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  • Welfare cuts – Dr. Frances Ryan
    no longer physically get to work It does not take advanced economics to grasp that if you tamper with the support disabled people rely on being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home staring at the kitchen walls If we are going to reduce people to profit we can at least get the maths right Read the full column at The Guardian here Yes people can starve in benefit sanctions Britain December 12 2014 francesryan18 2 Comments Hunger stalks this country is the finding of a church funded report by an all party group of MPs and peers released today Lady Jenkin a Conservative used its launch to declare the main cause of this national crisis was poor people who do not know how to cook Jenkin is symbolic of a climate of denial privilege and power that dismisses food poverty as a symptom of the idiot poor The desperation of men women and children detailed in the report may be worth a few minutes pause from our leaders and officials the unemployed woman from Birkenhead who was taken to hospital with malnutrition after not eating for five days because she had no money to buy food the heavily pregnant woman and her partner found living without food in a child s tent near a church in a wealthy Berkshire town in the middle of winter a Wirral man crushed to death after a lorry picked up the bin in which he was scavenging for food He had not funnily enough lost a recipe or failed to work the oven The jobcentre had suspended his benefits and he had received no money for 17 weeks Social security cuts in the form largely of what the report terms these heavy handed benefit sanctions play a crucial role in this widespread hunger Almost 2 million people have had their benefits stopped through the sanctions regime over the past two years If it can get more grotesque that includes a 580 rise against chronically ill and disabled people in the 12 months to March 2014 Benefit sanctions are being handed out with such ease at this point we may as well be kicking the unemployed into the gutter and removing the scraps of food from their hands For The Guardian this week I wrote about the link between food poverty and government led benefit sanctions and the latest damning report You can read the full column here Starving disabled children are symbol of a cuts agenda with no conscience November 27 2014 November 27 2014 francesryan18 1 Comment Lorna Jamison is selling things from her home in Haverhill Suffolk to buy her two sons winter coats Family photo frames ornaments and toys whatever she can get her hands on and will get some money quickly She s full time carer to Ellis who is six and has Asperger syndrome and the benefits the family gets aren t enough to pay for basics like food and gas The

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