Revealed: DWP’s secret, ‘financially devastating’ proposals for benefits appeals

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has drawn up secret plans for sweeping reforms that would make it far harder for disabled people to appeal against having their benefit claims turned down. The heavily-redacted document was sent to Disability … Continue reading →

Preventable Harm Is Government Policy

Government claims that welfare reforms are necessary, disregards the inevitable deaths they created, writes researcher Mo Stewart By: Mo Stewart Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 – See more at: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/preventable-harm-government-policy#sthash.1iWr1RuX.dpuf There have been many articles regarding the negative impact of … Continue reading →

#DWP ‘Benefit sanctions: Britain’s secret penal system’ by Dr David Webster University of Glasgow

Benefits claimants are subjected to an ‘amateurish, secret penal system which is more severe than the mainstream judicial system’, writes Dr David Webster of the University of Glasgow. By Dr David Webster Published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Few … Continue reading →

WATCH ‪#‎BBCQT‬ ‪#‎BBCbias‬: Man’s question to ‪Tories‬ ignored over current ‪UN‬ ‪CRPD‬ ‪‎investigation‬ into UK disability rights violations

BBC Question Time, Grimsby, Thursday 22nd October 2015 LINK TO FULL SEGMENT [Scroll to 35 minutes 35 seconds into the programme for the question]: HERE It’s also worth pointing out that the only person who has been on Question Time … Continue reading →

#DavidClapson #SanctionsDeaths: IDS rejects three key calls from MPs on sanctions safety

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22nd October 2015 The government has rejected three key recommendations by a cross-party committee of MPs that were aimed at improving the safety and transparency of its benefits sanctions regime. In its response … Continue reading →

#JFMOS #PMQs David Cameron challenged twice in a minute over disability rights violations

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22 October 2015 The prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and the death of a north … Continue reading →

#JFMOS Michael O’Sullivan scandal: Inquest notes expose shocking failings of WCA system

The shocking failings of the work capability assessment system – and the healthcare assessors who are paid to police it – have been exposed by the family of one of its victims.

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#JFMOS Michael O’Sullivan scandal: DWP twice pushed dad-of-two to suicide bid

Disabled Michael O’Sullivan had already tried to take his own life once before because of government attempts to force him back to work

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Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Chief coroner silent over WCA ‘future deaths’ reports 

By John Pring Disability News Service Friday 25th September 2015 The chief coroner of England and Wales has refused to act after it emerged that only one coroner has written an official report warning that lives could be put at … Continue reading →

Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Atos ‘has no idea’ if surgeon is still assessing claimants 

Friday 25th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service Government contractor Atos Healthcare claims it has no idea if a former surgeon whose flawed assessment of a disabled man helped trigger his suicide is still testing people with mental … Continue reading →

Disabled Scots: Invisible Collateral Damage

Jamie Szymkowiak writes on austerity, welfare and disability

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UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014

Black Triangle The 45

  Updated tragic list of welfare-related deaths of UK’s sick and/or disabled people. This is the tip on the iceberg: They shall be remembered forevermore. Avenge the dead. Resuscitate the living. We must fight on for freedom from Westminster’s murderous … Continue reading →

#IndyRef New Scottish Government Expert Group on Welfare Report: Scrap Work Capability Assessments, Workfare and Benefit Sanctions Regime

  Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ISBN: 9781784125400 This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland. Executive … Continue reading →

Need help and advice? The Scottish Welfare Support and Advice Network is here for YOU

By Rob McDowall A raft of changes introduced by the Conservative Lib-Dem Coalition has once again made ‘welfare’ and ‘benefits’ bad words in the UK. Benefits and welfare are now commonly referred to as “hand-outs” and the Ministers appear to … Continue reading →

To the “Squeezed Middle” – Labour & Tory Welfare “Reforms” affect YOU: Unum’s ‘Back-Up Plan” will not save you!

Unum 'Back-Up Plan'

“In this special….. Insider Exclusive presents… “Disability Insurance Expose – UNUM Insurance & Dr Anthony Sterling’s Story” And how Frank Winkles, Member @ the Winkles Law Group successfully represented Dr Anthony Sterling to Force Unum Disability Insurance Company to honour … Continue reading →

Children’s Commissioner for England highlights risks to children’s rights of Welfare Reform Bill

Family Law Week

Proposed reforms incentivise family breakdown, according to the OCCE The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has issued an assessment of the impact of the Welfare Reform Bill which highlights the risks to children’s rights.   The purpose of the assessment is … Continue reading →