Information commissioner questions DWP’s ‘highly unusual’ failure on benefit deaths

By John Pring  Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   The information commissioner has questioned why the government failed to keep track of whether it had implemented recommendations on improving the safety of “vulnerable” disabled people that had been made … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: ‘Horrific’ suicide question sparks fresh assessment inquiry calls

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd March 2017 There are fresh calls for an inquiry into the way the government assesses eligibility for a key disability benefit, after claimants with mental health conditions described how they had been … Continue reading →

Billions of pounds of PIP cuts ‘will put lives at risk’

  By John Pring   Disability News Service    2nd March  2017 The announcement of billions of pounds of cuts to the government’s new disability benefit is a discriminatory attack on people with mental health problems, will push many of … Continue reading →

Allowing DWP barristers to sit as benefits appeal judges ‘is unquestionably wrong’

By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd February 2017 A system that allows barristers who are paid by DWP to prosecute benefit fraud cases to also sit as judges on tribunals that decide social security appeals is “unquestionably wrong” and … Continue reading →

Sister launches judicial review claim in bid for sanctions death inquest

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold … Continue reading →

G4S, Maximus and ‘A4E’ all set to win contracts under Work and Health Programme

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 Some of the country’s most controversial and discredited outsourcing companies are set to win contracts under the government’s new programme to find jobs for disabled people and other marginalised groups. … Continue reading →

Questions over DWP’s further medical evidence pilot secrecy

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing questions over why it failed to release the results of a pilot project that was supposed to correct a fatal flaw in … Continue reading →

Spartacus exposes work and health green paper ‘smokescreen’

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th Frebruary 2017 Campaigners have published a withering 237-page attack on the government’s work, health and disability green paper, accusing ministers of creating a “smokescreen” to disguise their intention to cut support and force … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Woman took her own life two days after learning of failed PIP appeal

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 A disabled woman who lost her disability benefits because of a controversial reassessment process took her own life just two days after being told her appeal had failed. The body of … Continue reading →

Peer pressure sees minister finally announce date for taxi access laws

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 The government has finally announced the date when it will bring into force regulations that will ban taxi drivers from discriminating against wheelchair-users, more than 20 years after they were … Continue reading →

Green Party calls on government to launch benefit deaths inquiry

By John  Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 The Green Party has written to work and pensions secretary Damian Green to demand an independent inquiry into benefit claimants whose deaths have been linked to the failings of his department. … Continue reading →

DWP report confirms fears over impact of ILF closure

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in England experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and an “adverse” impact on their physical and mental health … Continue reading →

MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

        By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Politicians call for action over ‘widespread dishonesty by assessors’

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Regulator receives ‘more than 1,600 complaints about assessors’

  By John Pring  Disability News Service 26th January 2017   A regulatory body has received more than 1,600 complaints in the last five years about nurses who have carried out benefits assessments for three private sector contractors, new figures … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses

By John Pring, Disability News Service. 26th January 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service … Continue reading →

May’s mental health speech ‘is smokescreen to hide damage of welfare reform’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th January 2017 The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her … Continue reading →

It’s official: Ministers have abandoned their disability employment gap target

By John Pring Disability News Service November 25th 2016 A Labour MP has proved that the government has abandoned a target it set to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. The promise, included in last year’s general election manifesto, … Continue reading →

DWP admits most Disability Confident employers just skipped across from Two Ticks

By John Pring Disability News Service November25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted flooding its under-fire Disability Confident scheme with hundreds of employers from the hugely-discredited disability employment programme it is replacing. The revelation is yet … Continue reading →