Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Chief coroner silent over WCA ‘future deaths’ reports 

By John Pring Disability News Service Friday 25th September 2015 The chief coroner of England and Wales has refused to act after it emerged that only one coroner has written an official report warning that lives could be put at … Continue reading →

Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Atos ‘has no idea’ if surgeon is still assessing claimants 

Friday 25th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service Government contractor Atos Healthcare claims it has no idea if a former surgeon whose flawed assessment of a disabled man helped trigger his suicide is still testing people with mental … Continue reading →

H.M. Coroner’s ‘ground-breaking’ verdict: Suicide was ‘triggered’ by DWP ‘fit for work’ test

Friday 19th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service [http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/coroners-ground-breaking-verdict-suicide-was-triggered-by-fit-for-work-test/] A CORONER has demanded that the government takes action to prevent future deaths of disability benefit claimants, after concluding in a “ground-breaking” inquest verdict that a disabled man killed … Continue reading →

Queen’s Speech: For Our Poorest, Our Sick and Our Disabled The Worst is Yet to Come

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  Queen’s speech ‘suggests the worst is yet to come’  By John Pring Disability News Service 28th May 2015 Disabled people should prepare themselves for more cuts and further attacks on their rights over the next five years, disabled campaigners have … Continue reading →

GE15 The Disability Audit ~ In the name of love put an end to this vile pogrom on disabled people NOW!

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‘The Disability Audit: the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people’ By Frances Ryan New Statesman After looking in detail at all the changes to the benefits system in the last five years, it’s only possible to come to one conclusion: … Continue reading →

Is IDS’s DWP Spin Doctor Richard Caseby Formerly of The Sun Behind Blacklisting of Disability News Service Journalist?

Richard Caseby

Director, Communications Civil Service, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) March 2014 – Present (1 year 2 months)London, United Kingdom The DWP is implementing the biggest changes to the welfare system in 60 years through the introduction of Universal Credit. … Continue reading →

Herald Scotland: Letter in Defence Disabled Journalist John Pring – Blacklisted by U.K. Government’s DWP Press Office


  Letters to The Herald Saturday 25th April 2015 WE note that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out its threat to refuse to answer questions from, Disability News Service (DNS) editor John Pring (“inside Track: DWP … Continue reading →

‘DWP should be cautious about blocking critic of benefits policies’ ~ By Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland

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  By Stephen Naysmith Social Affairs Correspondent Herald Scotland Wednesday 22 April 2015     Journalist John Pring is not a household name, but for those affected by benefit cuts, particularly those with disabilities, he is something of a hero.  The … Continue reading →

DWP carries out threat to ban questions from Disability News Service

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17 April 2015 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out its threat to stop answering any questions from the country’s only disability news agency. DWP’s chief press officer (disability) had previously warned that he and his staff … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability mini-manifesto chaos

Rachel Reeves

  23 April 2015  By John Pring, Disability News Service ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaos Labour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dump

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  24 April 2015 By John Pring, Disability News Service The Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA). The party’s manifesto says a Conservative … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA disability spending cuts

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  23 April 2015  By John Pring, Disability News Service The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. In one of … Continue reading →

Submission to The Smith Commission by Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights ‘Black Triangle Campaign’

Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights ‘Black Triangle Campaign’ Submission to The Smith Commission Black Triangle Campaign C/O Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh 17 W Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA. http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/about/ Edinburgh – Friday 31st October 2014 We … Continue reading →

Disabled Scots: Invisible Collateral Damage

Jamie Szymkowiak writes on austerity, welfare and disability

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UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014

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  Updated tragic list of welfare-related deaths of UK’s sick and/or disabled people. This is the tip on the iceberg: They shall be remembered forevermore. Avenge the dead. Resuscitate the living. We must fight on for freedom from Westminster’s murderous … Continue reading →

Go ahead, Scotland: Vote NO to independence and sign your own death warrant

A lot of people wish that this referendum campaign had never happened. They wish the whole damn thing would go away and be forgotten.But a wish for a return to “normal” is a wish for a Scotland that is already … Continue reading →

Second court case to challenge ILF closure in England and Wales launched

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Claimants are asking the courts to again quash the decision to close the Independent Living Fund

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