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 →

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 →

MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

        By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of … Continue reading →

Coroner orders inquest into ‘fit for work’ man who collapsed after leaving jobcentre

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017   About 100 activists and their allies have taken part in a protest and vigil to mark the death of a disabled man who died minutes after leaving a jobcentre… six … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Regulator receives ‘more than 1,600 complaints about assessors’

  By John Pring  Disability News Service 26th January 2017   A regulatory body has received more than 1,600 complaints in the last five years about nurses who have carried out benefits assessments for three private sector contractors, new figures … 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 →

Professors’ silence after DWP waters down their guidance on preventing WCA suicides

By John Pring Disability News Service October 28th 2016   A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that … Continue reading →

‘Grave concern’ over coroner’s refusal to hold inquest into Maximus WRAG death

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 28th 2016   A coroner has refused to hold an inquest into the death of a disabled man who had a fatal heart attack an hour after being told the Department for Work … Continue reading →

DWP sends woman’s confidential WCA report to privacy campaigner

By John Pring Disability News Service  September 29th 2016 A disabled benefit claimant is set to lodge a complaint with the information commissioner after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sent him highly confidential medical details belonging to another … Continue reading →

DWP issued guidance that made suicides more likely, then ‘lied’ to cover its tracks

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 or removing regulations 29 and 35, and said that such a move would provide substantial savings. But the memo – drawn up before the 2015 election, and to be used … Continue reading →

‘Fit for work’ suicide man’s sister tried to take her own life after DWP ordeal

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 21st 2016   The sister of a man driven to suicide by the “fitness for work” system tried to take her own life after being “treated like a criminal” by the … 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 →

ESA figures show ‘very disturbing’ drop in number placed in support group

  15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/   “Very disturbing” new government figures show a steep fall in the proportion of disabled people being found eligible for out-of-work disability benefits. Disabled campaigners fear the figures show the government is cutting spending … Continue reading →

COMING SOON ~ ‘CASH NOT CARE’… Mo Stewart

  August 28th 2016 By Mo Stewart “Stewart names names.  She shows where and how the policies originated.  She destroys all claims that they were based on solid research. And she vividly paints a clear picture of how disabled people … Continue reading →

Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap

  11th August 2016 A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department … Continue reading →

Maximus company ‘lied’ about user-involvement in inspection contracts

A company controlled by the disgraced US outsourcing giant Maximus apparently lied when it promised that user-led organisations would help it deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Late last year, … Continue reading →

Scottish Campaigner Dr Tony Cox Found Guilty

Thursday 21st July 2016 1400 hrs BST Dr Tony Cox was today sentenced to 150 hours community service at 0945 this morning at Dundee Sheriff Court after being convicted of threatening behaviour towards employees of MAXIMUS Inc who carry out … Continue reading →