Coroner asked to explain failure to hold inquest into benefit sanctions death

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Lawyers for the sister of a disabled man who died after his benefits were sanctioned have asked a coroner to explain why there was no inquest into his death. Gill Thompson … Continue reading →

Dr Sarah Glynn: Why we must resist the ‘work cure’

By Dr Sarah Glynn SUWN  1stNov 2016 Ahead of the IdeaSpace event in Glasgow this week, Dr Sarah Glynn of the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network says people should beware the Tory rhetoric around the ‘work cure’ THE new secretary of … Continue reading →

MSPs hear call for government to ‘speak out more forcefully’ on WCA deaths

    13th October 2016  By John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the … Continue reading →

Tory conference: PIP claimants will not be spared retests, DWP admits

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016 The government has confirmed that sick and disabled people who will soon be spared reassessments for out-of-work benefits will still face repeated testing for personal independence payment (PIP). Work and pensions … Continue reading →

Duncan Smith tells DNS: ‘I’m not going to be accused by you’ over mental health deaths

By John Pring  Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Iain Duncan Smith has denied responsibility for the deaths of people with mental health conditions who took their own lives after being unfairly found fit for work by the Department … Continue reading →

‘Fit for work’ suicide man’s sister tried to take her own life after DWP ordeal

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 21st 2016   The sister of a man driven to suicide by the “fitness for work” system tried to take her own life after being “treated like a criminal” by the … Continue reading →

Two Apparent Irregularities Involving UNUM, ATOS, And DWP

  September 17th  By George Berger for  DPAC http://dpac.uk.net/2016/09/two-apparent-irregularities-involving-unum-atos-and-dwp/ Debbie Jolly, Jonathan Rutherford, and Mo Stewart have discussed the influence of UNUM on the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) [1]. Here I study relations of UNUM to DWP and ATOS that … Continue reading →

Disabled researcher’s book exposes ‘corporate demolition of welfare state’

15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ A string of activists, academics, politicians and journalists have welcomed the publication of a new book by a disabled researcher which exposes how successive governments have planned the “demolition of the welfare state”. Mo Stewart … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants die as DWP staff keep failing to follow suicide guidelines

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to consider an inquiry into its repeated failure to prevent the deaths of benefit claimants, despite the release of damning new information … Continue reading →

Crisis and resistance in mental health services in England

September 5th 2016 Published in the Critical and Radical Social Work international journal, this 2015 academic paper is just in from the team at Liverpool Hope Uni, via ResearchGate, and identifies the crisis in mental health services and the significance … Continue reading →

COMING SOON ~ ‘CASH NOT CARE’… Mo Stewart

  August 28th 2016 By Mo Stewart “Stewart names names.  She shows where and how the policies originated.  She destroys all claims that they were based on solid research. And she vividly paints a clear picture of how disabled people … Continue reading →

Government ‘has stripped Paralympians of their Motability vehicles’

August 25th 2016 Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed. Some Paralympians have spoken … Continue reading →

Arts Council funding is ‘vote of confidence’ in disability arts organisation

  11th August 2016 The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding. Arts Council England (ACE) announced this … Continue reading →

DPAC will use Paralympics to highlight austerity impact in week of action

11th August 2016 Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) … Continue reading →

Atos nurse struck off over PIP assessment lies

11th August 2016 A nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone. Amelia Victoria Bailey … Continue reading →

DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse

11th August 2016 John Pring DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say whether it has reviewed hundreds of “fitness for work” tests carried … Continue reading →

Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

4th August 2016 John Pring A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his … Continue reading →

Parents of Scottish ‘fit for work’ suicide man back call for Iain Duncan Smith prosecution

    John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 28 July 2016 The parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions … Continue reading →

Cockroft’s fear of PIP reassessment and losing independence as she heads for Rio

One of Britain’s biggest stars from the London 2012 Paralympics has said she is “scared” that she will lose her independence when she is reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit. Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft has yet to be assessed … Continue reading →

I love Channel 4’s Paralympics advert. But we can’t all be superhumans

Since the Channel 4 Paralympics trailer was unveiled last week, the reaction has been almost universally positive. And understandably so. As a film, it is pretty phenomenal. It’s witty, slick, doesn’t prettify disability, and the music is brilliant. Actually, positive … Continue reading →