‘Single theme’ decision of government’s Action Alliance ‘feels like a cop-out’

A disabled-led network set up by the minister for disabled people in 2012 to offer the government advice on the implementation of its disability policies has cut the areas it focuses on to just one “strategic theme”. Esther McVey, then … Continue reading →

Crabb scrapped IDS’s white paper because he ‘didn’t like the look of it’

  The new work and pensions secretary scrapped the disability and employment white paper prepared by his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith because he “didn’t like the look” of it, a Tory MP has told a parliamentary meeting. The new work … Continue reading →

UN report raises ‘deep concerns’ about impact of austerity on disabled people

UN experts have expressed serious concerns about the impact of government austerity on the rights of disabled people and other disadvantaged groups. In a scathing report, the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights said it was “seriously concerned” … Continue reading →

Brexit vote: Disabled people seek safe haven in Scotland

Hundreds or even thousands of disabled people are so alarmed by the idea of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) that they are considering moving to Scotland, information from disabled activists suggests. One disabled campaigner has told Disability News Service … Continue reading →

EU laws ‘have played crucial role’ in fight for disability rights

Disabled people have been urged to recognise the importance of the European Union (EU) in maintaining and building on their rights, across areas such as access to information, transport and accessible goods and services. The call for disabled people to … Continue reading →

Peer support ‘could provide impetus for government’s jobs pledge’

  Providing support from their peers is an effective way of boosting disabled people’s job prospects, and should be used far more in government work programmes, according to two new studies. The research from Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and … Continue reading →

TUC Disabled Workers Conference: ‘Most disabled teachers face harassment’

  Four-fifths of disabled teachers face harassment and discrimination at the hands of head teachers and other senior managers, disabled union delegates have been told. Members of the TUC Disabled Workers Conference heard of the “growing evidence of increasing and … Continue reading →

TUC Disabled Workers Conference: PIP U-turn ‘could be turning-point’ in fightback

Union delegates say the government’s decision to reverse planned cuts to its new disability benefit could be a turning-point in the fightback against its repeated attacks on disabled people. The TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London voted in favour of … Continue reading →

Outrage over ‘horrifying’ and ‘miserable’ plans to scrap Human Rights Act

A string of user-led organisations have warned that the government’s “horrifying” plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British bill of rights will lead to a loss of vital legal protection for disabled people. Proposals … Continue reading →

Loach film on shame of poverty in Britain moves Cannes to tears

‘I, Daniel Blake’ moved Cannes audiences to tears and is greeted with shouts of ‘BRAVO!’ Black Triangle Campaign is in the film’s credits for our work in advising Scottish scriptwriter Paul Laverty on the WCA and sanctions system which is … Continue reading →

Disabled Access Day sees venue numbers quadruple

More than 1,000 venues and an estimated 10,000 people took part in the second annual Disabled Access Day, according to a new report. The figures show that last month’s event, which saw eight countries taking part, attracted 10 times the … Continue reading →

Disabled people are ‘stronger and safer’ in EU, say leading academics

Leaving the European Union (EU) would put at risk significant improvements that have been made to the lives of disabled people over the last 15 years, according to three of the country’s leading academics working in the disability rights field. … Continue reading →

‘Enforcement is key on Equality Act’

Lawyers, campaigners, peers and academics have spoken of how disabled people can find it almost impossible to enforce their rights to equality, six years after the introduction of the Equality Act. They were speaking at a seminar in London – … Continue reading →

‘Conflict of interest’ lawyer to chair EHRC, as minister ignores MPs’ concerns

The government has appointed a commercial lawyer to chair the equality and human rights watchdog, despite MPs raising serious concerns about a potential conflict of interest caused by his firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The … 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 →

#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 →

Herald Scotland: Letter in Defence Disabled Journalist John Pring – Blacklisted by U.K. Government’s DWP Press Office

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  Letters to The Herald Saturday 25th April 2015 WE note that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out its threat to refuse to answer questions from, Disability News Service (DNS) editor John Pring (“inside Track: DWP … Continue reading →

‘DWP should be cautious about blocking critic of benefits policies’ ~ By Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland

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  By Stephen Naysmith Social Affairs Correspondent Herald Scotland Wednesday 22 April 2015     Journalist John Pring is not a household name, but for those affected by benefit cuts, particularly those with disabilities, he is something of a hero.  The … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dump

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  24 April 2015 By John Pring, Disability News Service The Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA). The party’s manifesto says a Conservative … Continue reading →