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 →

Watchdog refuses to withdraw report to UN that omits benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd February 2017 The equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with … 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: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied there is any dishonesty among the healthcare professionals who carry out its benefits assessments, even though Disability News Service (DNS) has now … 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 →

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 →

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 →

Employers ‘reluctant’ to provide adjustments in zero hours culture

The growth of zero hours contracts is making it even harder for disabled workers to secure the reasonable adjustments they need to do their jobs, “valuable” new research suggests. Employers are displaying a “strong reluctance” to make reasonable adjustments for … 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 →

Chancellor’s social care and WRAG omissions ‘show contempt for disabled people’

  By John Pring  Disability News service November 25th 2016   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance … Continue reading →

Green refuses three times to apologise to Scotland for harm of benefit reforms

By John Pring Disability News Service November 10th 2016   The work and pensions secretary Damian Green has refused three times to apologise or even acknowledge the distress and harm caused by his government’s welfare reforms and cuts, during an … Continue reading →

UN’s conclusion that UK violated disability rights is ‘vindication’ for activists

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday November 10th 2016 Disabled activists who persuaded the United Nations (UN) to investigate serious breaches of rights by the UK government say their four-year journey has been vindicated, after a report concluded there … Continue reading →

DPOs criticise DWP for excluding them from green paper launch

by John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Grassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper. The event for “stakeholders” … Continue reading →

Ministers set to force work-related activity on everyone in ESA support group

  By John Pring – Disability News Service November 3rd 2016   The Department for Work and Pensions is considering forcing all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits to take part in “mandatory” activity, its new green paper … 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 →

Professors’ silence after DWP waters down their guidance on preventing WCA suicides

By John Pring Disability News Service October 28th 2016   A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that … Continue reading →