#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 →

Police force criticised after refusing to treat ‘lynch mob’ murder as hate crime

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd Febraury 2017   A chief constable has insisted that his police force was right not to treat the brutal murder of a man with learning difficulties who was hung from a tree and … Continue reading →

‘Inspired by ‘I, Daniel Blake’ disabled protesters make ‘Declaration of Humanity’ in Seoul

By Ahn Young-choon, Staff reporter     Disabled people in wheelchairs spraypaint their names as a declaration of their humanity, inspired by the movie “I, Daniel Blake”, while demanding a ruling to end to the role of the Social Security Committee, … 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 →

Fresh evidence that DWP bars email communication from disabled claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims that it allows disabled people with “valid reasons” … 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 →

Joint – letter from the United Kingdom Disabled People’s Movement and Allied Civil Society Organisations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Published By Black Triangle November 19th 2016 Secretary General   As U.K. disabled campaigners and civil society organisations we write to you to denounce attempts to delegitimise the UN interim report by UN officials carried out under Article 6 of … 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 →

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 →

McDonnell promises DPAC ‘a seat at the heart of government’

15 September 2016 John Pring  http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ Disabled activists have been promised a seat “at the heart of government” if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as Labour leader and the party wins power at the next election. The pledge was made by … Continue reading →

Disability hate crime has fallen since 2007-2010, surprise new figures suggest

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Levels of disability hate crime in England and Wales have fallen in the years between 2007 and 2014, figures contained in a new report by the equality watchdog suggest. The publication is … Continue reading →

Capita suspends assessor after disablist, racist Facebook posts

4th August 2016  John Pring Disability News Service A disability benefits assessor with extreme right-wing sympathies has been suspended by the government contractor Capita after she posted disablist, racist comments about social security claimants on her Facebook page. The posts … Continue reading →

Government’s hate crime plan’s ‘unforgiveable’ failure on disability

  Angry campaigners have attacked the government’s new hate crime action plan for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility. The four-year action plan was published this week by the new home secretary, Amber Rudd, and aims … Continue reading →

Campaigners Call for Boycott Of Workfare Slave Labourers

Campaigners are calling for people to boycott workfare users this week after  a long court battle to get those taking part in using cheap workfare named and shamed to be released . See the list below and say ‘NO’ to … Continue reading →

Brexit vote: Disabled people speak of shock, horror and dismay

Disabled people have spoken of their horror, shock and anger at learning of the vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum. Although many disabled people voted for Brexit, the vast majority of leading disabled activists were strongly … Continue reading →

DWP piles WCA demand onto ‘humiliated’ abuse survivor

A government contractor has told a traumatised abuse survivor he must be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA), just a week after a minister faced a call to resign for threatening to stop another of his disability benefits. Justin … Continue reading →

UN Slams Tories over Human Right Abuses

  While the country is entrenched in the mire of the EU referendum fallout, the Tories have just been slammed by the United Nations (UN) – for human rights abuses. But not abroad. Here, in the UK. As The Canary previously … Continue reading →

Election leaves UN disability committee with 17 men and just one woman

Disabled activists are calling on the UN to take action after elections to the 18-strong committee that oversees the implementation of its disability rights convention left it with just a single female member alongside 17 men. The committee on the … Continue reading →

Police force faces two watchdog probes over treatment of autistic people

A police force has launched an internal review of its treatment of disabled people, after it was forced to refer two separate incidents involving young autistic men to the police watchdog. One case referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission … Continue reading →

Tomlinson faces call to resign over PIP harassment of child abuse survivor

  A minister has been urged to resign, after he threatened a traumatised child abuse survivor – who is waiting to give evidence about the abuse in court – that his benefits would be stopped if he failed to co-operate … Continue reading →