I am sick of hearing about what politicians think, or about what they think the public thinks, or about what the public thinks.

I’m not interested in what people think. I’m interested in what they know and what evidence that knowledge is based on.

I don’t want a minister who thinks it is right to make sure that people in work don’t feel others are getting something they can’t get.

I want a minister who thinks it is right to make sure that people in work or out of work are correctly informed about what the social security system provides.

Read more: Responding to Rachel Reeves

Ceri, the Sun’s favourite mental health patient, is speaking with DWP staff on Monday about the support that people with mental health conditions need if they are to be able to work.

Cue a series of tweets from a range of people on what is needed. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of suggestions about what can be done, and as many seem to group round a few themes we may reasonably expect most of them to be helpful.

Read more: Employment support for people with mental health conditions

There is a debate continuing around the social security system on whether those who have paid in more should get back more when they need it.

The inverse of this is that those who haven’t paid national contributions get nothing – including those who have not had the opportunity to pay anything. This is where Mr Cameron’s recent proposals for under-25s come in: under-25s have paid in less, therefore should get less leeway.

Read more: Restoring the contributory principle

Policy Exchange brought out a new report, Work Fair?, on 27th September. The Daily Mail reported this as showing that there is "overwhelming support for stricter conditions for the long-term unemployed." However loaded phrases such as 'work for the dole' and 'workfare' may not be appropriate for what Policy Exchange is advocating - which is community or charity based work for those people who are not engaging with support to move into work.

Read more: Policy Exchange: is community workfare fair?

From Sue Marsh, Stef Benstead and Sam Barnett-Cormack

So, yesterday, as most of you will know by now, representatives from Spartacus finally got to meet with Mark Hoban to discuss Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments after almost a year of trying.

Other online groups representing sick and disabled people had felt very strongly before the meeting that it should be made explicitly clear that WCAs should be scrapped. They are unfit for purpose and no amount of tinkering with descriptors or processes will change that.

We agreed, but felt that for that approach to be credible, there had to be alternative suggestions in place.

Read more: Meeting with Mr Hoban

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