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 →

PIP investigation: MPs’ evidence session confirms concerns, but dodges dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Nearly nine in 10 Citizens Advice offices have reported problems with the accuracy of personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports, MPs have been told. An urgent session of the … 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 →

PIP investigation: ‘Horrific’ suicide question sparks fresh assessment inquiry calls

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd March 2017 There are fresh calls for an inquiry into the way the government assesses eligibility for a key disability benefit, after claimants with mental health conditions described how they had been … 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 →

PIP investigation: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied there is any dishonesty among the healthcare professionals who carry out its benefits assessments, even though Disability News Service (DNS) has now … Continue reading →

Mother of ‘fit for work’ victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017   The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Welfare expert says two-thirds of appeals involve lying assessors

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: MPs to consider assessment dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 An influential committee of MPs is to examine claims of widespread dishonesty by healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of disability benefit claimants. Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) … 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: Politicians call for action over ‘widespread dishonesty by assessors’

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following … 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 →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses

By John Pring, Disability News Service. 26th January 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service … Continue reading →

May’s mental health speech ‘is smokescreen to hide damage of welfare reform’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th January 2017 The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her … Continue reading →

UN’s conclusion that UK violated disability rights is ‘vindication’ for activists

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday November 10th 2016 Disabled activists who persuaded the United Nations (UN) to investigate serious breaches of rights by the UK government say their four-year journey has been vindicated, after a report concluded there … Continue reading →

Coroner asked to explain failure to hold inquest into benefit sanctions death

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Lawyers for the sister of a disabled man who died after his benefits were sanctioned have asked a coroner to explain why there was no inquest into his death. Gill Thompson … 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 →

MSPs hear call for government to ‘speak out more forcefully’ on WCA deaths

    13th October 2016  By John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the … Continue reading →