Minister told ‘alarm bells are ringing’ over disability hate crime

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 Disabled campaigners have written to a government minister to warn him that “alarm bells are ringing” over the “massive discrepancies and inconsistencies” in the way the criminal justice system deals … 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 →

‘My picture is proof that healthcare professionals lie in benefit assessments’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 A furious disability benefit claimant has produced what she says is the clearest evidence yet that healthcare professionals working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are writing dishonest assessment … Continue reading →

Ministers ‘failed to consider impact of rules that would cut university access’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Ministers have effectively admitted introducing a policy that will prevent many disabled students from entering higher education, without knowing how much money it would save or how many young disabled people … Continue reading →

DWP ‘is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending’

    By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people’s benefit claims, to help it cut … Continue reading →

DPO plans court vigil as it intervenes in ‘hugely significant’ Care Act case

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2107 A disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has intervened in a “hugely significant” court of appeal hearing that is set to decide how far the government’s Care Act protects disabled people’s independent living … Continue reading →

Recordings prove PIP report ignored near-fatal attacks, overdoses and blackouts

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017   A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret … Continue reading →

Universal credit rules ‘could bar many disabled students from university’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   Many disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to … Continue reading →

Disabled peer continues three-month boycott of EHRC board meetings

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing … Continue reading →

DRUK’s new boss pledges better links with other DPOs and grassroots groups

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 The new boss of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has pledged to do more to involve young disabled people in the organisation’s work, and improve its relationships with other disabled people’s organisations … 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 →

Jared O’Mara calls for action on bullying and harassment by MPs

Image Courtesy of The Star   By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP is calling for action to address the bullying and harassment he has witnessed in the House of Commons, in a bid to … Continue reading →

Purple boss raises concerns over Disability Confident accreditation

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 New concerns have been raised about the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, after a leading disabled social entrepreneur said that some businesses could be finding it easier than intended to secure … Continue reading →

Activists set for ‘David and Goliath’ fight to defeat assisted suicide court bid

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 A group of disabled activists – led by a crossbench peer – are to intervene in a legal case for the first time next week, in a bid to persuade three … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘have too little awareness of rights’ in lead-up to Brexit

By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017   A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit. … Continue reading →

Crossbench disabled peer calls for an end to austerity, and the misery it has caused

  By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused. Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s … Continue reading →

Ministers’ silence over why WCA legislation is missing from Queen’s speech

By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 Work and pensions ministers have refused to explain why plans for new social security legislation were dropped from last week’s Queen’s speech. Disability News Service reported last week how a Tory … 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 →

Queen’s speech: Government appears to dump Mordaunt’s WCA election promise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017   A Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new … Continue reading →