About JJ

Co-founder of Black Triangle

Stop the Universal Credit Juggernaut

By Bernadette Meaden -Ekklesia August 11th 2017 The word juggernaut comes from the huge vehicles used by Indian temples to transport statues of their gods. They were so difficult to control that they often crushed people in their path. It … Continue reading →

Minister hears how to boost democratic involvement of disabled voters

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Disabled voters have told a minister what he should do to make it easier for them to take part in the democratic process. Disabled service-users and representatives of three Brighton charities … Continue reading →

BBC bids to ‘shine a light’ on disabled performers

  By John Pring Disability News Service  August 10th 2017 Disabled actors have welcomed a new BBC scheme that aims to “shine a light” on experienced disabled performers, and discover and develop up-and-coming talent. The Class Act development programme will … Continue reading →

Ministers ‘failed to consider impact of rules that would cut university access’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Ministers have effectively admitted introducing a policy that will prevent many disabled students from entering higher education, without knowing how much money it would save or how many young disabled people … Continue reading →

Labour MP to push for action on widespread claims of PIP assessment lies

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 A Labour MP is to push for a Commons debate on evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who assess disabled people for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP). Disability … Continue reading →

DWP ‘is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending’

    By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people’s benefit claims, to help it cut … Continue reading →

DPO plans court vigil as it intervenes in ‘hugely significant’ Care Act case

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2107 A disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has intervened in a “hugely significant” court of appeal hearing that is set to decide how far the government’s Care Act protects disabled people’s independent living … Continue reading →

Recordings prove PIP report ignored near-fatal attacks, overdoses and blackouts

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017   A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret … Continue reading →

Campaign seeks to Embolden disabled girls with Welsh role models

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 A new campaign aims to highlight the achievements of Deaf and disabled women in Wales, and provide role models for disabled girls. Disability Wales (DW) – the national association of disabled … Continue reading →

Universal credit rules ‘could bar many disabled students from university’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   Many disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to … Continue reading →

People living with HIV ‘have been failed by PIP’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   People with HIV have been failed by the government’s new disability benefit, according to new research. The research by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) found that only three-fifths of … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: 200 cases of dishonesty… and still DWP, Atos and Capita refuse to act

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 The government and its private sector contractors are refusing to investigate claims of widespread dishonesty in the benefits assessment industry, despite Disability News Service (DNS) collecting more than 200 such cases. … Continue reading →

Disabled peer continues three-month boycott of EHRC board meetings

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing … Continue reading →

Disabled women raise concerns over peer’s disability abortion bill

By John Pring Disability Service 3rd August 2017 Disabled women have raised concerns about a new bill that would equalise the time limit for abortions for disabled and non-disabled foetuses. The private member’s bill has been brought forward by the … Continue reading →

My disability abortion bill could halt Britain’s slide towards eugenics, says Tory peer

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   A disabled peer has warned that Britain could be heading towards becoming a “eugenic” society if parliament does not agree to update abortion laws to make it illegal to discriminate … Continue reading →

Activists fighting ‘assisted suicide’ laws now need ‘hard facts’ for battle ahead

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017 Disabled activists will need to seek out more “hard facts” if they want to fight off the continuing threat of efforts to persuade the courts to legalise assisted suicide, according … Continue reading →

Scope’s ‘radical’ plans ‘will see it compete with DPOs’

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017 An announcement by disability charity Scope that it will sell all its residential homes and special schools, and re-position itself as a “social change organisation”, is an attempt to invade … Continue reading →

PA employers are facing probes into ‘sleep-in’ minimum wage back-pay

  By John  Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017   Disabled people who employ personal assistants (PAs) are being investigated by the government for failing to pay their PAs the minimum wage during overnight “sleep-in” shifts. HM Revenue and … Continue reading →

Senior civil servant admits draft industrial strategy failed on disability

By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other … Continue reading →

Disabled MP credits mainstream education for new parliamentary career

Image DNS By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has said that she would never have been elected to parliament if her mother had not fought for her right to a mainstream education. Marsha … Continue reading →