Rebooted Disability Confident ‘is shockingly bad’

Disabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a new version of the government’s Disability Confident employment scheme, with one saying he was “genuinely shocked” by how weak it was. Disability Confident – which has urged employers to “see the ability, … Continue reading →

Maximus company ‘lied’ about user-involvement in inspection contracts

A company controlled by the disgraced US outsourcing giant Maximus apparently lied when it promised that user-led organisations would help it deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Late last year, … Continue reading →

Law centre’s disabled clients ‘abandoned’ by governing body

A disabled solicitor has accused his governing body of forcing him to abandon disabled clients without legal representation, after it withdrew permission for his new law centre to take on legal aid cases. The Law Society of Scotland (LSS), the … Continue reading →

Campaigners Call for Boycott Of Workfare Slave Labourers

Campaigners are calling for people to boycott workfare users this week after  a long court battle to get those taking part in using cheap workfare named and shamed to be released . See the list below and say ‘NO’ to … Continue reading →

Parents of Scottish ‘fit for work’ suicide man back call for Iain Duncan Smith prosecution

    John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 28 July 2016 The parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions … Continue reading →

Funding drought ‘shows up discrimination faced by BME groups’

Organisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner. Julie Jaye Charles, chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), … Continue reading →

EHRC earns cautious approval for response to Equality Act report

The equality watchdog has earned cautious approval for its response to recommendations made by a House of Lords committee that examined the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people. The committee concluded earlier this year that the government was … Continue reading →

ROFA’s conference hears call to build a stronger alliance

A campaigning alliance has called for disabled people and their organisations to join its fight to use the UN disability convention to defend attacks on their rights by the UK government. The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) was holding its … Continue reading →

Drop in Access to Work numbers shows DWP ‘is strangling the scheme’

The government is facing calls for a “fundamental rethink” of its approach to Access to Work (AtW), after new figures showed the number of disabled people receiving support through the employment scheme fell last year. At its peak, in 2009-10, … Continue reading →

Delayed UN examination of UK government ‘will take place next year’

Disabled people’s organisations and grassroots groups are set to call on disabled people across England to provide the evidence they need to prepare a “hard-hitting” report on the government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention. The Reclaiming Our Futures … Continue reading →

Concern over Mordaunt’s ‘troubling’ appointment as disability minister

Disabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the … Continue reading →

Scottish Campaigner Dr Tony Cox Found Guilty

Thursday 21st July 2016 1400 hrs BST Dr Tony Cox was today sentenced to 150 hours community service at 0945 this morning at Dundee Sheriff Court after being convicted of threatening behaviour towards employees of MAXIMUS Inc who carry out … Continue reading →

What does Owen Smith believe?

The right of the PLP are faced with an impossible conundrum. On the one hand, many of them believe that only through being tougher than the Tories on welfare, or being seen to want to drastically reduce immigration, can they … Continue reading →

Scotland ‘is not an easy option’ for England’s disabled Brexit refugees

Campaigners have warned disabled people considering a move to Scotland in the wake of the European Union (EU) referendum vote that there are considerable barriers standing in their way. The warnings came after Disability News Service reported last week that … Continue reading →

Disability employment gap: Experts demolish government excuses for WRAG cut

      A trio of experts have destroyed government claims that cutting out-of-work benefits for disabled people will help them find work. They were giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions select committee, as part of its inquiry … Continue reading →

‘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 →

DPAC joins ILF court case trio in call for Labour to back Corbyn

Three disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader. Anne Pridmore, Gabriel … Continue reading →

Tomlinson admits to ignorance about biopsychosocial model

The minister for disabled people has admitted to complete ignorance about the model that lies at the heart of his government’s programme of disability benefit reforms. Justin Tomlinson was asked what his thoughts were about the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of … 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 →

DWP piles WCA demand onto ‘humiliated’ abuse survivor

A government contractor has told a traumatised abuse survivor he must be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA), just a week after a minister faced a call to resign for threatening to stop another of his disability benefits. Justin … Continue reading →