UN’s ‘fantastic’ inclusive education guidance is ‘embarrassment’ for UK government

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Strict new guidance published by the United Nations has increased pressure on the UK government to abandon its opposition to an inclusive education system, say campaigners. The guidance, published by the … Continue reading →

Disability hate crime has fallen since 2007-2010, surprise new figures suggest

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Levels of disability hate crime in England and Wales have fallen in the years between 2007 and 2014, figures contained in a new report by the equality watchdog suggest. The publication is … Continue reading →

Council wants to watch abuse survivor shower and toilet to check post-ILF needs

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats, showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if … Continue reading →

ILF closure cuts report produces instant results from Labour and Greens

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Senior figures in the Labour and Green parties have pledged to introduce a national, free, needs-led system of support, after a report showed that the Independent Living Fund’s (ILF) closure resulted … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants die as DWP staff keep failing to follow suicide guidelines

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to consider an inquiry into its repeated failure to prevent the deaths of benefit claimants, despite the release of damning new information … Continue reading →

Crisis and resistance in mental health services in England

September 5th 2016 Published in the Critical and Radical Social Work international journal, this 2015 academic paper is just in from the team at Liverpool Hope Uni, via ResearchGate, and identifies the crisis in mental health services and the significance … Continue reading →

COMING SOON ~ ‘CASH NOT CARE’… Mo Stewart

  August 28th 2016 By Mo Stewart “Stewart names names.  She shows where and how the policies originated.  She destroys all claims that they were based on solid research. And she vividly paints a clear picture of how disabled people … Continue reading →

Government ‘has stripped Paralympians of their Motability vehicles’

August 25th 2016 Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed. Some Paralympians have spoken … Continue reading →

DWP hides seven secret benefit suicide reviews

August 25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, despite finally admitting that seven of them relate to people who took their own lives. DWP only … Continue reading →

PIP computer system crashes again… twice

18th August 2016 Problems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues. The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims … Continue reading →

Nearly one in three staff laid off by HMRC are disabled, says union

18th August 2016   Nearly a third of employees who have lost their jobs in an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) compulsory redundancy programme are disabled people, union officials have revealed. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) … Continue reading →

Bus companies ‘using loopholes’ to evade access laws

  August18th 2016 Public transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear. They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes … Continue reading →

Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap

  11th August 2016 A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department … Continue reading →

Government ‘could have saved £48 billion on social care’ with full funding of DFGs

11th August 2016 The government could have saved nearly £48 billion in social care costs over five years if it had funded all the work needed to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, according to a new user-led campaigning website. … Continue reading →

Atos nurse struck off over PIP assessment lies

11th August 2016 A nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone. Amelia Victoria Bailey … Continue reading →

Homeless ordeal of disabled man forced onto streets by hospital

4th August 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled man was left to survive on the streets of London overnight after he was kicked out of hospital, and then forced by a council to beg for money to fund … Continue reading →

Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

4th August 2016 John Pring A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his … Continue reading →

Capita suspends assessor after disablist, racist Facebook posts

4th August 2016  John Pring Disability News Service A disability benefits assessor with extreme right-wing sympathies has been suspended by the government contractor Capita after she posted disablist, racist comments about social security claimants on her Facebook page. The posts … Continue reading →

Government’s hate crime plan’s ‘unforgiveable’ failure on disability

  Angry campaigners have attacked the government’s new hate crime action plan for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility. The four-year action plan was published this week by the new home secretary, Amber Rudd, and aims … Continue reading →

Downgrading social care minister ‘is serious backward step’

The Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care. The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, … Continue reading →