UK wants to promote its disability policies to rest of the world, says Mordaunt

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   The minister for disabled people has dismissed a damning UN report on her government’s disability rights record, arguing that the rest of the world should instead be learning from … Continue reading →

Sir Bert Massie: Tributes to ‘a life committed to disabled people’s liberation’

By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017 Tributes have been paid to Sir Bert Massie, the chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who made a “fundamental” contribution to disabled people’s liberation, and who … Continue reading →

Advisor says 30 local claimants with terminal cancer had PIP rejections overturned

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   A welfare rights advisor has described how at least 30 local benefit claimants with terminal cancer have had their claims rejected in the last year, with every one of … Continue reading →

I work for the DWP as a universal credit case manager – and what I’ve seen is shocking

Reblogged From Independant Newspaper  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/universal-credit-dwp-worker-case-manager-benefits-system-government-food-banks-a7998196.html I see so much suffering on a daily basis. Case managers like me are well-trained to deal with any claimants threatening suicide, simply because it’s become such a frequent occurrence I work with many compassionate and thoughtful employees, … Continue reading →

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

By John  Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” … Continue reading →

Mordaunt misleads MPs… again

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 The minister for disabled people has again misled MPs, after she claimed that the UK had “volunteered” to take part in a public UN examination which concluded that her government’s … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Silence on eligibility means WCA announcement is ‘meaningless’

By John Pring Disability News Service  Oct5th 2017 Changes that mean some sick and disabled benefit claimants will no longer need to face repeated assessments of their capability for work are “meaningless” because the government has refused to say which … Continue reading →

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 →

Labour conference: Abrahams pledges ‘supportive and enabling’ social security system

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has pledged to transform the social security system from one that “demonises” benefit claimants to one that is “supportive and enabling”. Debbie Abrahams told Labour’s … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Vote means party must rethink approach to social security cuts

By John Pring Disability News Service September 2017 A shadow cabinet member has supported calls by party members for Labour to come up with a stronger policy on reversing government cuts to social security spending. Debbie Abrahams spoke out after … Continue reading →

Labour conference: New disabled MP pledges to fight government’s assault on rights

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A newly-elected MP has accused the government of putting its “head in the sand” over the damage caused by years of cuts that have been “targeted” on disabled people. Marsha de … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Benefit assessment nurses must be held to account, says Abrahams

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has called for nurses and other healthcare professionals who write misleading benefit assessment reports to be “held to account”. Debbie Abrahams said there had been … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Call for union action over DWP staff who ‘take pleasure in sanctions’

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A leading disabled activist has asked the head of one of the country’s largest unions to take action over jobcentre staff who appear to enjoy handing out sanctions to benefit claimants. … Continue reading →

UN demands annual UK progress report on correcting ‘grave and systematic violations’

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 A UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of … 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 →

Fears have been expressed that the growing number of people being reported missing across Tayside could be linked to money worries.

Reblogged Article by Adam Hill Sept 7th 2017 New figures released by Police Scotland show a huge rise in people being recorded as missing across the region compared with last year. In the first quarter of this year (2017/18), more … Continue reading →

  By Steven Naysmith  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15508062.UK_Government_cuts_driving_disabled_people_into_poverty__key_UN_committee_says/ Reblogged DISABLED people are dying as a result of austerity measures and discrimination, campaigners have claimed, after the UK Government was sharply criticised by a United Nations watchdog committee. Equal Lives chief executive Mark Harrison said: “In … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

DWP breaks promise to stop harassing child abuse victim in run-up to trial

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has broken its promises not to harass a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial. … Continue reading →