New disabled MP accuses government of ‘eugenics’

Picture Courtesy of Guardian   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has accused the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”. Labour’s … Continue reading →

Anger, resignation… and optimism in wake of general election result

By John Pring Disability News Service  14th June 2017 Disabled activists have reacted with a mixture of anger, resignation and optimism to a general election that saw the Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority. Some believe that a resurgent Labour party … Continue reading →

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 →

‘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 →

Disabled people ‘denied access to justice by failure of judges on reasonable adjustments’

By John  Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human … 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 →

Voting Tory in #GE17 is a vote to kill people like me, and you need to know why

By Blogger a Disabled Activist Fiona Robertson April 21st 2017 IT IS to their credit, and to our collective doom, that the Conservative Party are masters of controlling narrative.  Although, much of the groundwork was done during Tony Blair’s days … 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 →

‘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 →

DPOs join forces to brief UN on how UK has breached disability convention

  By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017   Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have come together to tell a UN committee the different ways in which the UK government has been breaching the UN Convention on the Rights … Continue reading →

Activists bring ‘no more benefit deaths’ message to Westminster

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Disabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against … 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 →

Watchdog refuses to withdraw report to UN that omits benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd February 2017 The equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with … Continue reading →

Sister launches judicial review claim in bid for sanctions death inquest

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold … Continue reading →

Fiona Robertson SNP on Trump, protest and U.K. disabled people

Re: #Bafta #IDanielBlake #KenLoach – Comment of the year – By Fiona Robertson ‘The one and only famous person outside of the disability community to use his privilege to take on the government. We are being killed by the government. … Continue reading →

National DPOs forced to withdraw report sent to UN over benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 Three national disabled people’s organisations have withdrawn a report they submitted to the United Nations, after admitting that it failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare … Continue reading →

UN report failure on benefit deaths by national DPOs ‘is extreme insult to activists’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   A crucial report submitted to the United Nations by three national disabled people’s organisations has been criticised for failing to speak out strongly enough on the links between the … Continue reading →