Frances RyanWhen I was writing #Crippled, disabled people told me they had to take out sky-high payday loans ‘cos their benefits were so low. Susan, a wheelchair user, had a new NHS style bed but couldn’t sleep in it without sheets. A loan shark was the only option.
Study found stark differences in A&E waiting times and experience of GP services
Frances RyanWelcome to the two-tier NHS. >> England's poorest 'get worse NHS care' than wealthiest citizens: from longer A&E waits, worse GP services, to even fewer hip replacements. And working class are likely to have worse health in the first place.
Thousands of people have died before being able to access welfare payments, charities say
Frances Ryan2,000 people have died over the past six months while waiting for benefit payments, reports @patrickjbutler.
Nothing quite sums up the barbarity of Tory ‘welfare reform’ like withholding help from the terminally ill.
Nineteen-year-old woman convicted of lying will not go to prison and can return to UK
Frances RyanThis appalling case is a lesson in how male violence is treated. The alleged rapists going home to brag as the female victim is the one forced through court. A traumatised woman branded a liar. The social media misogynists revelling in it.
Headteachers tell of the challenges brought by 10 years of austerity – and their hopes and fears for the new year
Frances RyanIt’s fun to score points about the Labour Party but here’s a kick in the gut reminder of just who suffers when we don’t get our act together: Schools are now opening over the holidays for children so poor they wouldn’t otherwise get a Christmas present.
Raise money, support your friends, give to a cause. Show you care.
Frances RyanI’m an ambassador of @thehygienebank - who provide hygiene products and toiletries to people in poverty. It’s shameful this charity has to exist but clean hair on Christmas Day can make a big difference to someone.
You can give a Christmas gift here
Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Together we will end homelessness.
Frances Ryan.@crisis_uk run a brilliant scheme for homeless people each Christmas. £28.87 can reserve a place for someone - which gives immediate help like a meal with company and long term support to be housed.
If you can afford it, you can buy a place or two here
If the election result has left you concerned about services already stretched due to cuts or where politics goes from here, how can you get involved?
Frances RyanIt’s easy to feel powerless today. That’s why @guardian and I have put together a few ways to help those struggling: from donating to homeless charities to buying a birthday cake for a child in poverty.
Let’s build something hopeful out the heartbreak.
Editorial: The mood may be one of despair, but this election is critical to the country’s future. The best hope lies with Labour, despite its flaws
Frances Ryan“We believe a vote for the Labour party offers the best hope for the country. Think of the electrifying impact of relieving Mr Johnson of high office and stopping the Tory party in its tracks. Voters must seize the day.” | The Guardian view on the GE
Eleventh-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters as poll shows Conservative majority halved
Frances RyanA major poll suggests Johnson’s likely majority has been cut in half in the last two weeks. A late surge of tactical voting in a few swing seats could make all the difference. Let’s get the Tories out.
Voters must be told they deserve more – and that the UK can afford it, says the Guardian columnist Frances Ryan
Frances Ryan“Walks to work are now lined with homeless people. Our disabled neighbours are trapped indoors without social care. But flick through the front pages and you would hardly know it.” >> My col. on this election sleepwalking through Britain’s social crisis.
Frances Ryan“A decade of austerity has shrunk the British state to such a degree it’s no longer able to fulfil its basic functions. Homelessness lines the streets. Children can’t afford to eat. We have exactly one week left to fight for a better society.” >> My col.
Natalie Bloomer visited the Weston Favell food bank in Northampton every month for a year. Here is her diary
Frances Ryan“During one session a small boy of about five approaches me and asks quietly if there is any turkey so that he can have a Christmas dinner.” @natalie_bloomer visited a food bank every month for a year. Here is her must read diary.
Locals’ concerns include police cuts and prospect of Brexit in Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency
Frances Ryan“If you vote Tory you are voting to make the lives of people who are struggling, people with disabilities, you’re making their lives more difficult.” The Guardian talks to voters as the fantastic @faizashaheen works to unseat IDS.
The prime minister’s reputation sank to new lows this week, despite – or because of – his dad’s attempts to help, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde
Frances Ryan“This election marks a change of behaviour for the PM, who has finally started withdrawing. Unfortunately, he’s pulling out of debates and interviews, as opposed to single mothers. Still, baby steps. And he’s certainly missed a few of those.”🔥 @MarinaHyde
How can it be wrong to raise taxes on middle-class workers but acceptable to squeeze working-class wages, asks Guardian columnist Frances Ryan
Frances Ryan“Policies that marginally tilt favour back to ordinary people are class war, whereas a system that consistently pushes wealth and power to a few is simply seen as maintaining an anodyne status quo.” >> My col. in today’s paper on calling Labour ‘class war’