Ofgem’s ‘very limited’ fuel price cap ‘will lead to deaths, ill-health and misery’

By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd November 2017 The energy regulator’s “discriminatory” plans to impose only a “very limited” cap on fuel prices will “will lead to deaths, ill health and misery” for hundreds of thousands of disabled people, … Continue reading →

Watchdog’s report shows impact of years of ‘hostile’ cuts on disabled people

By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd November 2017 Families which include both a disabled adult and a disabled child have lost more than 13 per cent of their income through seven years of government cuts, according to a new … Continue reading →

Chancellor ignores social care, weeks after UN’s independent living warning

  By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd November 2017 Disabled campaigners have criticised the chancellor’s failure to provide any money in the budget to solve the social care funding crisis, despite a warning from the UN. Although Philip Hammond … Continue reading →

Disabled woman takes DWP minister to court over PIP mental health changes

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th November 2017 A disabled woman is taking work and pensions secretary David Gauke to court over “unfair and discriminatory” changes that were made to a disability benefit. There was widespread anger earlier this … Continue reading →

Concern over government’s four-year delay on PIP ‘safety’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 Campaigners have asked why it took the government four years – and a tribunal judgement – to ensure that eligibility for a disability benefit takes proper account of whether a … Continue reading →

‘Caution’ urged over government’s supported housing U-turn

By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd November 2017 Long-term supported housing will continue to be funded through the social security system, the government has announced, while it has also scrapped plans to cap housing benefit payments, which caused huge … Continue reading →

Sir Bert Massie: Tributes to ‘a life committed to disabled people’s liberation’

By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017 Tributes have been paid to Sir Bert Massie, the chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who made a “fundamental” contribution to disabled people’s liberation, and who … Continue reading →

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

By John  Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Vote means party must rethink approach to social security cuts

By John Pring Disability News Service September 2017 A shadow cabinet member has supported calls by party members for Labour to come up with a stronger policy on reversing government cuts to social security spending. Debbie Abrahams spoke out after … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: DPOs ‘delighted’ with exposure of government’s failings

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations who travelled to Geneva this week to help highlight the government’s continuing human rights violations have praised a UN committee of disabled experts for publicly exposing the … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

Tackle education, career stereotypes and flexible working to close pay gap, says EHRC

By John Pring  Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The equality watchdog has called for action to improve the education of disabled pupils, tackle career stereotypes and improve the availability of flexible working, in order to close the gap in … Continue reading →

Ministers ‘failed to consider impact of rules that would cut university access’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Ministers have effectively admitted introducing a policy that will prevent many disabled students from entering higher education, without knowing how much money it would save or how many young disabled people … Continue reading →

Labour MP to push for action on widespread claims of PIP assessment lies

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 A Labour MP is to push for a Commons debate on evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who assess disabled people for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP). Disability … Continue reading →

Universal credit rules ‘could bar many disabled students from university’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   Many disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to … Continue reading →

Scope’s ‘radical’ plans ‘will see it compete with DPOs’

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017 An announcement by disability charity Scope that it will sell all its residential homes and special schools, and re-position itself as a “social change organisation”, is an attempt to invade … Continue reading →

PA employers are facing probes into ‘sleep-in’ minimum wage back-pay

  By John  Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017   Disabled people who employ personal assistants (PAs) are being investigated by the government for failing to pay their PAs the minimum wage during overnight “sleep-in” shifts. HM Revenue and … Continue reading →

Senior civil servant admits draft industrial strategy failed on disability

By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other … Continue reading →

DRUK’s new boss pledges better links with other DPOs and grassroots groups

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 The new boss of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has pledged to do more to involve young disabled people in the organisation’s work, and improve its relationships with other disabled people’s organisations … Continue reading →