New Economics Podcast: Why is the benefits system failing disabled people

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Kaliya Franklin and Mikey Erhardt

Almost three million people in the UK are unemployed and unable to work because they are ill or disabled. According to the right-wing media, these people aren’t nearly as unwell as they claim. Meanwhile a UN committee warned that disabled people in the UK are subjected to a traumatising” benefits system.

We have a social security system that’s been stripped to the bone and millions of people are struggling to afford the essentials as a result, yet both of the main political parties are desperate to be seen as tough on benefits”.

So what’s gone wrong with our social security system? Why are politicians so intent on alienating those who rely on it? And how can we build a system that gives everyone the support they need?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Kaliya Franklin, freelance disability policy expert and campaigner, and Mikey Erhardt, campaigner at Disability Rights UK.

Music: Thoughtful by Lee Rosevere, Free Music Archive: freemusicarchive.org/music/lee-rose…/thoughtful‑2/, used under Creative Commons licence: cre​ativecom​mons​.org/​l​i​c​e​n​s​e​s​/​b​y​-​n​c​/4.0/.

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