Academic

Introduction

During my ten years of self-funded research it has been my very great pleasure to have contact with various academics from universities both in the UK and in the wider world, who all willingly shared their research papers and commentary with me. This page offers a small sample of published academic papers, which represent many years of research and demonstrate the preventable harm created by UK government social policy reforms.  Of special interest are the quarterly benefit sanctions statistics by Dr David Webster, whose research demonstrates that sanctions are more common with disabled claimants  than with the general unemployed community.  I am very grateful to all the academics who have enthusiastically supported my research, and for their agreement for me to reproduce academic papers on my website so that others may benefit from their work. Very special thanks to Policy Press for their kind permission to offer access to a selection of published academic papers from their Journals, which are now available online free of charge. Links to the journal articles are identified on the web links page.  Of special significance, ‘First do no harm by Ben Barr et al identifies the impact on mental health of the WCA, and ‘Blaming the victim, all over again by Tom Shakespeare et al exposes the Waddell and Aylward BPS model of assessment, as adopted by the DWP to be used for the WCA, as having “no coherent theory or evidence behind this model” and revealed a “cavalier approach to scientific evidence”. That’s academic speak for the fact that the research used to justify the WCA, as used to resist funding the ESA, is totally bogus.  MS

Over the years UK social policies have gradually changed to the detriment of chronically ill and disabled people due to the ongoing influence of corporate America with UK governments, which academic research suggests dates back to the close bond between Mrs Thatcher and President Reagan. My research identifies the unacceptable influence of a corporate American healthcare insurance giant with the social policy reforms in the UK, which have created preventable harm to many. Things may now get much worse following the Presidential election in America, and Canadian academic Henry Giroux identifies the challenge to future democracy since the election of President Trump in the US. MS