Isabella McRae
Isabella McRae is a senior reporter at The Big Issue specialising in social justice. She reports on a wide range of issues including poverty and inequality, the benefits system, disability rights, housing, health, immigration, gender equality and much more. Isabella was a winner of the PPA Next Gen Awards in 2023, formerly known as the 30 under 30. She was shortlisted for journalist of the year in the Scope Disability Awards 2024.
Hate speech, snooping and benefits: How government policy has 'violated disabled people's rights'
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Disability rights

Hate speech, snooping and benefits: How government policy has 'violated disabled people's rights'

'It's evil what they're doing': DWP denying benefits to people with schizophrenia and mental illness
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Benefits

'It's evil what they're doing': DWP denying benefits to people with schizophrenia and mental illness

DWP risks repeat of Post Office scandal with plan to snoop on claimants' bank accounts, MPs warn
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Benefits

DWP risks repeat of Post Office scandal with plan to snoop on claimants' bank accounts, MPs warn

'It's a choice between dinner and devices': Millions of children held back by digital poverty
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Exclusive

'It's a choice between dinner and devices': Millions of children held back by digital poverty

My daughter has been trapped in hospital for years with a learning disability – and she wants out
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Disabilities

My daughter has been trapped in hospital for years with a learning disability – and she wants out

Millions missing out on £23billion in unclaimed DWP benefits – an average of £2,700 per person
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Benefits

Millions missing out on £23billion in unclaimed DWP benefits – an average of £2,700 per person

DWP could violate human rights with plan to snoop on benefit claimants' bank accounts
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Benefits

DWP could violate human rights with plan to snoop on benefit claimants' bank accounts

Long-term sickness cannot be fixed by tightening 'harsh' disability benefits system, experts warn
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Benefits

Long-term sickness cannot be fixed by tightening 'harsh' disability benefits system, experts warn

Thousands could be owed up to £12k from DWP in backdated PIP payments. Here's what you need to know
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Social Justice

Thousands could be owed up to £12k from DWP in backdated PIP payments. Here's what you need to know

Millions of families on universal credit worse off by £1,400 a year, experts say: 'It needs to change'
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Universal credit

Millions of families on universal credit worse off by £1,400 a year, experts say: 'It needs to change'

Amy's Place: How a 'beautiful' housing project giving hope became Amy Winehouse's real legacy
Housing

Amy's Place: How a 'beautiful' housing project giving hope became Amy Winehouse's real legacy

My cousin was killed in front of his six-year-old son. I need to get my family out of Gaza
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Israel-Gaza war

My cousin was killed in front of his six-year-old son. I need to get my family out of Gaza