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 →

Disabled Scots: Invisible Collateral Damage

Jamie Szymkowiak writes on austerity, welfare and disability

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UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014

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  Updated tragic list of welfare-related deaths of UK’s sick and/or disabled people. This is the tip on the iceberg: They shall be remembered forevermore. Avenge the dead. Resuscitate the living. We must fight on for freedom from Westminster’s murderous … Continue reading →

Second court case to challenge ILF closure in England and Wales launched

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Claimants are asking the courts to again quash the decision to close the Independent Living Fund

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#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 →

British Disability Rights Abuses: ‘UK Government Refuses to Accept Responsibility for Crimes Against Humanity’ – a report by Mo Stewart

Please sign this petition and encourage friends, family and your networks to do the same: LETTER TO THE ICC AT THE HAGUE RE: MISTREATMENT OF UK SICK AND/OR DISABLED PEOPLE   UK Government Refuses to Accept Responsibility for Crimes Against … 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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Scottish independence: A lifeboat for disabled people drowning in a sea of cuts

Scottish independence is a lifeboat for disabled Scots: To vote YES is a vote for life. It is NOT a vote of no solidarity with our disabled sisters and brothers south of the border

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Scotland faces “severest cuts in political history, over and above the retrenchment of the last few years” if it votes for the status quo

“This is the day, our day, Scotland’s day. The day that we can cradle in our arms Scotland’s future and hear the infant cries of a new country,”

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