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Crippled
Crippled | Frances Ryan
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The austerity crisis and threat to disability rights In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case Britains 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. This includes a paralyzed man forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldnt provide accessible housing; the malnourished woman sleeping in her wheelchair; and the young girl with bipolar forced to turn to sex work to survive. Through these personal stories, Ryan charts how in recent years the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from societys most vulnerable to benefit cheats. Crippled is a damning indictment of a safety net gone wrong, and a passionate demand for an end to austerity measures hitting those most in need.
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Crippled, recording the extreme impact of Britain‘s welfare cuts on its disabled population, is the kind of reporting that‘s so damning it should‘ve changed everything.

The UN has called the situation “a human rights catastrophe”, and this short book illustrates clearly, with both personal stories and data, that when a range of services are cut, it creates a cumulative effect in which the most in need will experience the greatest deprivation.

tenar Key to the story is how the gutting was paired with a narrative pushed by members of the government and media to vilify disabled benefits recipients, leading to an increase in hate crimes against the disabled and greater public tolerance of the “catastrophe”.

I learned so much about how welfare is eroded & what kinds of supports can be crucial to independent living. Thank you for the suggestion, @jenniferw88! Book 2 for #newyearwhodis #nywd2022
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Bookwomble It's heartbreaking to see the devastation caused to the vulnerable in this country by a political party which just doesn't give a shit ☹ 5mo
tenar @Bookwomble It truly is. The stories in this book touched me! An interesting point made was how some of what we think of as natural vulnerability is created by policy - when stronger supports are in place, many more disabled people and their family members are able get an education and to work, which greatly lowers their economic vulnerability. 5mo
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Bookwomble @tenar Blaming the disenfranchised for their own difficulties is a favourite Tory tactic. It's weird that individual Tories can be really nice people, and then vote for such horrible policies 🤷🏻‍♂️ Saying that, I think it's an unfortunate human trait, rather than a specifically political one. 5mo
tenar @Bookwomble I agree. The book briefly touches on Labour‘s lack of counter-narrative to the “benefit scrounger” myth, and I read it like they don‘t know enough to have one. There‘s a lack of interest in learning about disabled people‘s needs across the board, and the disability rep in government is so low. Taking seriously a book like this, I think, would lead to improved policy ideas from all parts of the political spectrum. (well… I‘d hope🤞🏻) 5mo
Bookwomble @tenar I hope so, too 🤞🏻 (though it's telling that this is something we actually need to hope for). 5mo
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Andrew65 Sounds compulsory reading. 6mo
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Thank you @Mrs_B been meaning to get on here for over a week now . This really made my day and couldn‘t wait to plant my flower paper 🤩 🌸 thank you ❤️

I imagine this one will be an emotional read

Mrs_B 😘 14mo
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Good choice @jenniferw88 , I learnt a lot and certainly feel much more aware.
@Powered_By_Plants it‘ll be with you by the end of the week. Keep smiling!!! :)
#lmpbc

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4 1/2 🌟.

@Mrs_B I'll get my #lmpbc book out to you next week when I can come out of shielding 🎉🎉🎉.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Mrs_B Yay - excited to read it!!! 1y
Mrs_B This has just dropped through the letter box. Looking forward to starting it! 1y
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jenniferw88 @Mrs_B 😊 the bookmark is in there for you. I think I've been a bit harsh in my review as I can't seem to forget it now so definitely 4 and 3/4 🌟, possibly 5! 1y
Mrs_B @jenniferw88 the bookmark is gorgeous, did you make it? 1y
jenniferw88 @Mrs_B unfortunately, no, I'm not clever enough! 1y
Mrs_B I was going to say I‘m very jealous of your colour coordinated bookshelves if you did!!!!! 1y
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Continue top 2, start bottom 2.

Cinfhen 🥰 1y
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jenniferw88
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#bookspinbingo March card

4 free spaces this time.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Here we go #groupy #lmpbc @Mrs_B @Powered_By_Plants @veritysalter

Already looking forward to March! Have missed doing this.

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veritysalter Fantastic, thank you @jenniferw88 1y
Mrs_B Ooooo love the picture! Thank you! 1y
Powered_By_Plants Brilliant 🤩 , thank you @jenniferw88 looking forward to these 1y
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