I was pleased to describe the ways in which I would fix our broken social security net in a major piece for PoliticsHome, here. Meanwhile, this report from the Trussell Trust revealed that the country is letting down too many vulnerable families during this pandemic, with more and more driven to food banks. This is just not good enough. You can read my response here and watch me question the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how she will stop destitution doubling by Christmas as horrifically predicted here. I also asked Therese Coffey about the disgrace of rendering relatives of low paid NHS workers lost to Covid-19 ineligible for benefits. I feel really angry about this – these families have already paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep the nation going. Watch here. I also responded to yet more worrying unemployment statistics, and spoke to Granada Reports about the increased competition for fewer jobs in different regions. As my brief also covers disability, I was very concerned by this Mirror exclusive into potentially exploitative “treatments” for autism. People who are neuro-atypical need a more autism-inclusive society, not expensive scams not yet rooted in evidence.

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