Tory conference: Activists criticise ‘heavy-handed’ police action at tram protest

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017 Disabled activists have criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct action protest that blocked tram lines outside the Conservative party conference. A handful of activists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Gauke admits sanctions can harm mental health claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017 Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has admitted that the system of benefit sanctions often fails to work and can instead cause harm to claimants, particularly those with mental health conditions. … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

McDonnell calls for disabled-led solution to care crisis, as DPAC occupies parliament

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Government’s UN response ‘exposes failings on disability convention’

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 The government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings. … Continue reading →

UN confirms that UK government’s treaty violations were both grave AND systematic

B y John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 The United Nations (UN) committee that found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed for the first time that its breaches of the human rights … Continue reading →

Shock after inquest ignores ‘fitness for work’ and jobcentre concerns

By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017 A coroner has declined to explain why he failed to take evidence on the apparent links between the government’s “fitness for work” test and the death of a disabled north London … Continue reading →

UK General Election: Why disabled people oppose the Tories ~ And need your help

Video: A woman with learning difficulties has accosted Theresa May while the prime minister was on a walkabout in an Oxfordshire market. ‘UK General Election: Why disabled people oppose the Tories’ By Linda Burnip DPAC in New Internationalist Thursday 1st … Continue reading →

#CripTheVoteUK #GE2017: #SNP calls on next government to follow Scotland’s lead on benefits

The SNP has called on the next UK government to follow Scotland’s lead in protecting disabled people from social security cuts.  The SNP general election manifesto, published this week, says the party will fight to end the “appalling Tory welfare … Continue reading →

#CripTheVoteUK: As UK doctors’ leaders abdicate duty to defend patients’ human rights disabled people face perilous post-election future

"Qui tacet consentire videtur" ~ He who is silent is taken to agree.

BMA ‘will be complicit in future deaths’, after silence on ‘fit note’ rules By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 1st June 2017 Appalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the … Continue reading →

#GE2017 “I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government” ~ Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP) Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon

Dr Philippa Whitford spends parliamentary recess performing surgery in Palestine

“I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government – and that so many others will simply stand back and not vote at all” ~ Surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP)

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Green paper was missed opportunity to dump biopsychosocial model, says DPO

  By John Pring Disability News Service  2nd March 2017 The government should replace its “deeply flawed and inaccurate” disability benefits assessments with an in-house system – based on the social model – that understands the barriers faced by Deaf … Continue reading →