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9781788739566

Crippled

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  • ISBN13:

    9781788739566

  • ISBN10:

    1788739566

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-09-01
  • Publisher: Verso Books

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Summary

The austerity crisis and threat to disability rights. New updated edition includes the impact of COVID on Britain's 14 million disabled people.

In austerity Britain, disabled people have been recast as worthless scroungers. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and the media alike have made the case that Britain’s 12 million disabled people are nothing but a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, journalist and campaigner Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the stories of those most affected by this devastating regime. It is at once both a damning indictment of a safety net so compromised it strangles many of those it catches and a passionate demand for an end to austerity, which hits hardest those most in need.

Author Biography

Dr. Frances Ryan is a journalist, broadcaster and campaigner. Named one of the UK’s most influential disabled people by the Shaw Trust in 2018, her work has taken her to lecture halls, the Women of the World Festival, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and The World Tonight, BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Sunday Politics, Channel 4 News and more. Her weekly Guardian column, Hardworking Britain, has been at the forefront of coverage of austerity over the last decade. She has a doctorate in politics from The University of Nottingham. Ryan was highly commended Specialist Journalist of the Year at the 2019 National Press Awards for her work on disability, as well as shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2019 and shortlisted for the 2020 Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism. This is her first book.

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