Shock as Universal Credit rules treat sick as ‘fit for all work-related activity’ – against GPs explicit orders

Skeleton Sick And Fit For Work

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 25 May 2017 Activists ‘horrified’ by universal credit rules forcing sick claimants into work activity   “Very dangerous” rules are forcing severely-ill people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs … Continue reading →

DWP pilot failure on WCA ‘calls into question willingness to learn from suicides’

By John Pring Disability News Service 18th May 2017   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have gone back on its promise to a tribunal to address a fatal flaw in its “fitness for work” test that … Continue reading →

PIP suicide woman’s sister blames ‘barbaric’ system for her death

By John Pring Disability News Service 18th May 2017 The sister of a disabled woman who she believes was driven to kill herself by the anxiety caused by re-applying for the government’s new disability benefit has called for reform of … Continue reading →

‘I’m suffering’: woman who confronted May tells of disability cuts ordeal

By Alexandra Topping https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/16/woman-who-confronted-theresa-may-disability-cuts-ordeal-kathy-mohan   Kathy Mohan, who became an overnight champion of disabled people, says Tories’ PIP scheme has left her unable to cope Kathy Mohan, who confronted Theresa May during an election walkabout in Abingdon. Photograph: Ben Gurr … Continue reading →

In confronting Theresa May, Kathy has spoken up for all Britain’s disabled people

Play Current Time0:13 / Duration Time1:12 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Fullscreen Mute Voter confronts Theresa May over disability benefit cuts – video https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/15/theresa-may-cathy-britain-disabled-people By Frances Ryan Monday 15 May 2017 17.04 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 16 May 2017 20.30 BST Theresa May’s attempt … Continue reading →

Lower benefit cap sees income slashed for more than 10,000 disabled people

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 More than 10,000 disabled people have had their benefits slashed in just one month, after the government introduced a new, lower cap on the total benefits that any non-working household can … Continue reading →

General Election 2017: Tory mental health plans greeted with accusations of ‘hypocrisy’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017   Two user-led groups have accused the Conservative party of “hypocrisy” after it promised to end the “burning injustices” facing mental health service-users. Both groups pointed out that Conservative social … Continue reading →

DWP declared a ‘leading’ Disability Confident employer, despite UN rights violations

By John Pring Disability News service May11th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been declared a gold-standard employer of disabled people under its own much-criticised scheme, despite being found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of the … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants take to social media to describe DWP ‘hell’ and ‘abuse’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled people have described how the “terrifying” and “abusive” benefit assessments delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have seriously damaged their health, and how its failings will … Continue reading →

Boycott call after DWP wrongly claims DPOs helped devise punitive work scheme

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled activists have called on disability charities to boycott any further co-operation with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), after it wrongly claimed that disabled people’s organisations (DPO) had … Continue reading →

Government admits failing to record actions after benefit suicide inquiries

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government failed for more than three years to keep a record of what actions it took – if any – after carrying out secret reviews into the suicides … Continue reading →

Pushed to the Brink

By Ruth Hunt Morning Star Alice Kirby tells Ruth Hunt how DWP benefit assessment practices contribute to the deterioration of claimants’ mental health, causing an increase in suicidal feelings Of late, there have been great strides made regarding the understanding … Continue reading →

Concern over UN’s ‘silence’ on benefit-related deaths

  By John Pring Disability News Service 6th April 2017   Disabled activists fear that the UN committee examining the UK’s progress on implementing the disability rights convention may be ignoring links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths … Continue reading →

Potential Legal Challenge to £30 p.w. ESA Cut – defendants needed

From Monday (3rd April), new recipients of employment and support allowance deemed healthy enough to carry out ‘work related activities’ will get up to £1,500 less each year than existing recipients. Anyone who feels able to work and does so … Continue reading →

‘Shabby’ Labour fails again on disability rights, after abstaining on PIP cuts vote

  By John Pring Disability News Service 30th March 2017   The Labour party has been heavily criticised for again failing to defend disabled people from attacks on their rights, after its peers refused to vote against “discriminatory” cuts to … Continue reading →

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 →

Safety and supervision ruling could mean PIP for many more claimants

  Tuesday 28th March 2017   A panel of upper tribunal judges has made a decision relating to safety and supervision that Benefits and Work believes could allow many claimants with conditions such as epilepsy, heart disease, dementia and mental … 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 →