DWP presentation on ESA plans ‘confirms worst fears’ about green paper

  By John Pring Disability News Service 30th March 2017   Ministers have been accused of ignoring a public consultation and ploughing ahead with plans that will make their “fitness for work” testing regime even more stressful and unfair for … Continue reading →

‘Fitness for work’ test has led to deterioration in mental health, say researchers

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 Disabled activists have welcomed “timely” new research that concludes that the government’s “fitness for work” process has caused a deterioration in many people’s mental health which they have failed to recover … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Council probes ‘shockingly poor and dishonest’ assessments

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 A local authority is to hear evidence from up to a dozen disabled people later this month as part of an inquiry into serious concerns about the system of assessing eligibility … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Claimant group tell MPs of ‘systemic malpractice’ by assessors

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   A group of nine disabled people with the same rare neurological condition have written to MPs to warn of “systemic malpractice” by healthcare professionals who carry out benefit assessments and … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: MPs’ evidence session confirms concerns, but dodges dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Nearly nine in 10 Citizens Advice offices have reported problems with the accuracy of personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports, MPs have been told. An urgent session of the … Continue reading →

Activists bring ‘no more benefit deaths’ message to Westminster

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Disabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against … Continue reading →

PIP cuts ‘will be debated and voted on’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Calls for government cuts to disability benefits to be reversed are likely to be debated separately – and voted on – by both Houses of Parliament later this month. … Continue reading →

Disabled peer says Mordaunt was ‘spinning like crazy’ over PIP cuts

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017 A disabled peer has accused the minister for disabled people of “spinning like crazy” in an attempt to defend the government’s latest cuts to benefits for people with mental health … Continue reading →

Maximus ‘admits’ using brutal and dangerous suicide questions

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017 One of the outsourcing giants paid to assess disabled people for their eligibility for benefits appears to have admitted that it is standard practice – approved by the government – to … Continue reading →

#BMJ #BritishMedicalJournal ‘#FirstDoNoHarm’: are #WCA #disabilityassessments associated with adverse trends in #MentalHealth? ~ assessments have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits – A longitudinal ecological study – B Barr1, D Taylor-Robinson1, D Stuckler2, R Loopstra2, A Reeves2, M Whitehead1 Author affiliations

Abstract Background In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist—the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Claimant seeks judicial review over assessment flaws

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   A disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by the high court of the errors she says were made in dealing with her claim for personal independence payment (PIP), … Continue reading →

No chance of halving employment gap without tackling independent living, says DPO

By John Pring  Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   The UK government will not be able to achieve its aim of halving the disability employment gap because of its failure to address the “crucial” issue of independent living, according … Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

PIP goalpost shift reveals awful mindset of the Tories

By Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh  for National Scot Newspaper 1st March 2017   Sometimes it’s more than helpful for each of us, and especially those of us in public life, to detach ourselves from our personal perspectives to consider how others … 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 →

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 →