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Crippled by Frances Ryan

Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People

Frances Ryan

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2 reviews

Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781786637888

The austerity crisis and threat to Disability rights

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
Yvonne Roberts
18 Jun 2019

"...ought to put politicians – especially chancellors – in the dock"

In Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People, Frances Ryan, a fine journalist, broadcaster and campaigner for disability rights, robustly stacks up the evidence that ought to put politicians – especially chancellors – in the dock. There, they could be tried and found guilty of the destruction of the rights, dignity, independence and mental health of too many of Britain’s 14 million disabled citizens...Crippled is an admirably comprehensive charge sheet of the scale of state abuse. “I’m treading water – or at least delaying my drowning,” one woman says.


3 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
13 Jul 2019

"A powerful polemic, full of telling details, on how government cuts have ruined the lives of disabled people"

Ryan, a Guardian columnist, makes clear just how far we have fallen over what she evocatively calls the “precipice of national character”. Over six chapters she sets out the many ways in which disabled people have been made to pay since the financial crash. In Poverty we learn how the cumulative impact of benefit changes – cuts to council tax support, the bedroom tax, increased sanctions – has pushed an estimated 650,000 disabled people into destitution.