Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts

The new work and pensions secretary has sent out mixed signals on whether he wants to make further cuts to spending on disability benefits. Stephen Crabb, who was appointed after the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith in March, was giving … Continue reading →

DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal if they miss the deadline for applying for the new personal independence payment (PIP). … Continue reading →

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people in ‘destitution’, research suggests

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are living in destitution, the first piece of research to look at extreme poverty in the UK suggests. The study, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that in 2015 there were 1.25 million … Continue reading →

Secret DWP proposal to scrap ESA ‘substantial risk’ rules ‘would breach right to life’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has proposed scrapping two benefit regulations that offer vital protection to disabled people facing the controversial “fitness for work” test. In response to a freedom of information request, DWP has sent Disability News … Continue reading →

Revealed: DWP’s secret, ‘financially devastating’ proposals for benefits appeals

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has drawn up secret plans for sweeping reforms that would make it far harder for disabled people to appeal against having their benefit claims turned down. The heavily-redacted document was sent to Disability … Continue reading →

Preventable Harm Is Government Policy

Government claims that welfare reforms are necessary, disregards the inevitable deaths they created, writes researcher Mo Stewart By: Mo Stewart Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 – See more at: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/preventable-harm-government-policy#sthash.1iWr1RuX.dpuf There have been many articles regarding the negative impact of … Continue reading →

#DavidClapson #SanctionsDeaths: IDS rejects three key calls from MPs on sanctions safety

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22nd October 2015 The government has rejected three key recommendations by a cross-party committee of MPs that were aimed at improving the safety and transparency of its benefits sanctions regime. In its response … Continue reading →

#JFMOS #PMQs David Cameron challenged twice in a minute over disability rights violations

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22 October 2015 The prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and the death of a north … Continue reading →

#JFMOS Michael O’Sullivan scandal: Inquest notes expose shocking failings of WCA system

The shocking failings of the work capability assessment system – and the healthcare assessors who are paid to police it – have been exposed by the family of one of its victims.

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#ChinaStateVisit : UK Human Rights Violations List of Deaths of Disabled People Killed by The British Conservative Government 2010 – 2015

Black Triangle’s List of Deaths Linked to Benefit Loss arising from Welfare Reforms Wednesday 20th October 2015 Please note: Although 68 cases are listed the number of deaths is 70 as two cases involved couples where both took their own … Continue reading →

Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Atos ‘has no idea’ if surgeon is still assessing claimants 

Friday 25th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service Government contractor Atos Healthcare claims it has no idea if a former surgeon whose flawed assessment of a disabled man helped trigger his suicide is still testing people with mental … Continue reading →

Disabled Scots: Invisible Collateral Damage

Jamie Szymkowiak writes on austerity, welfare and disability

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Go ahead, Scotland: Vote NO to independence and sign your own death warrant

A lot of people wish that this referendum campaign had never happened. They wish the whole damn thing would go away and be forgotten.But a wish for a return to “normal” is a wish for a Scotland that is already … Continue reading →

#IndyRef New Scottish Government Expert Group on Welfare Report: Scrap Work Capability Assessments, Workfare and Benefit Sanctions Regime

  Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ISBN: 9781784125400 This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland. Executive … Continue reading →

Need help and advice? The Scottish Welfare Support and Advice Network is here for YOU

By Rob McDowall A raft of changes introduced by the Conservative Lib-Dem Coalition has once again made ‘welfare’ and ‘benefits’ bad words in the UK. Benefits and welfare are now commonly referred to as “hand-outs” and the Ministers appear to … Continue reading →

Letter to The Guardian: ‘Grim toll of the government’s fit-for-work tests’ ~ Black Triangle, DPAC, Inclusion London & Others

BLACK TRIANGLE, DPAC & OTHERS LETTER TO THE GUARDIAN: ‘The UK government and opposition should follow the Scottish government’s pledge that private for-profit companies are removed entirely from having anything to do with the assessment of disabled people.’

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Bedroom tax axed in Scotland: Holyrood rivals back SNP Government’s £15m plan to banish hated spare-room policy

ALEX Salmond is to banish the bedroom tax from Scotland: The Scottish Government have agreed to cover the full cost of housing benefit cuts for Scots hammered by the vicious Con-Dem policy.

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Lorraine from Glasgow had cancer but was forced to starve and rely on the foodbank by DWP-Atos who over-ruled her doctors and declared her ‘fit-for-work’

Running on empty: the desperate families forced to turn to the food bank for survival

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