UN report failure on benefit deaths by national DPOs ‘is extreme insult to activists’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   A crucial report submitted to the United Nations by three national disabled people’s organisations has been criticised for failing to speak out strongly enough on the links between the … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Welfare expert says two-thirds of appeals involve lying assessors

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: MPs to consider assessment dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 An influential committee of MPs is to examine claims of widespread dishonesty by healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of disability benefit claimants. Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) … Continue reading →

‘Immoral’ Capita offered £200 bonuses to social workers to slash care packages

By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   The outsourcing company Capita offered freelance social workers financial bonuses – and put them up in luxury hotels – to encourage them to help a local authority cut disabled and … Continue reading →

DWP report confirms fears over impact of ILF closure

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in England experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and an “adverse” impact on their physical and mental health … Continue reading →

MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

        By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of … Continue reading →

Coroner orders inquest into ‘fit for work’ man who collapsed after leaving jobcentre

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017   About 100 activists and their allies have taken part in a protest and vigil to mark the death of a disabled man who died minutes after leaving a jobcentre… six … Continue reading →

Cuts to support killed my neighbours,’ MPs are told

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 A disabled campaigner has told MPs that he believes cuts to support have contributed to a quarter of his neighbours in the sheltered housing development where he lives dying in just … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Politicians call for action over ‘widespread dishonesty by assessors’

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following … Continue reading →

Sayce announces retirement, as ‘she is shortlisted’ for EHRC appointment

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017   The chief executive of the UK’s most prominent national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced that she is to retire from her post. Liz Sayce has headed Disability Rights UK (DR … Continue reading →

Government denies missing stats would expose failure of disability strategy

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 The government has failed to provide annual figures that could have exposed the failure of its much-criticised disability strategy. The last time the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) provided an update for … Continue reading →

‘We must keep banging the drum,’ says bus campaigner after five-year fight for justice

  By John Pring- Disability News Service 19/01/2017 The disabled activist who yesterday won a ground-breaking legal victory that protects the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses has said he does not regret the five years he has spent … Continue reading →

Employers ‘reluctant’ to provide adjustments in zero hours culture

The growth of zero hours contracts is making it even harder for disabled workers to secure the reasonable adjustments they need to do their jobs, “valuable” new research suggests. Employers are displaying a “strong reluctance” to make reasonable adjustments for … Continue reading →

It’s official: Ministers have abandoned their disability employment gap target

By John Pring Disability News Service November 25th 2016 A Labour MP has proved that the government has abandoned a target it set to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. The promise, included in last year’s general election manifesto, … Continue reading →

DWP admits most Disability Confident employers just skipped across from Two Ticks

By John Pring Disability News Service November25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted flooding its under-fire Disability Confident scheme with hundreds of employers from the hugely-discredited disability employment programme it is replacing. The revelation is yet … Continue reading →

Chancellor’s social care and WRAG omissions ‘show contempt for disabled people’

  By John Pring  Disability News service November 25th 2016   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance … Continue reading →

McDonnell pledges Labour will force government to debate UN ‘rights violations’ report

By John Pring  Disability News Service Novemeber 17th 2016 Labour’s shadow chancellor has promised that the government will be dragged before MPs to explain why it was found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights by … Continue reading →

Green refuses three times to apologise to Scotland for harm of benefit reforms

By John Pring Disability News Service November 10th 2016   The work and pensions secretary Damian Green has refused three times to apologise or even acknowledge the distress and harm caused by his government’s welfare reforms and cuts, during an … Continue reading →

UN’s conclusion that UK violated disability rights is ‘vindication’ for activists

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday November 10th 2016 Disabled activists who persuaded the United Nations (UN) to investigate serious breaches of rights by the UK government say their four-year journey has been vindicated, after a report concluded there … Continue reading →

Initial thoughts on the work, health and disability green paper

  Reblogged By Kitty Jones November 6th 2016 I’ve read the government’s Work, health and disability green paper:  improving lives and consultation from end to end. It took me a while, because I am ill and not always able to work … Continue reading →