Ministers refuse to say if they implemented 10 measures to save lives

Ministers have refused to say if they implemented 10 measures – recommended by their own civil servants – that would have made it less likely that “vulnerable” benefit claimants would lose their lives. The 10 recommendations were taken from some … Continue reading →

How a single word shows DWP has finally owned up on benefit deaths

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally admitted that it could be partly responsible for the deaths of some benefit claimants. The admission came – quietly – after its release of heavily-redacted versions of 49 secret “peer reviews” … Continue reading →

Iain Duncan Smith Legacy

  Updated from: http://loopys-rollingwiththepunches.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/iain-duncan-smith-legacy.html   The following is a list of policies and damning court decisions and findings undertaken under the watch of Iain Duncan Smith (emphasis on those affecting disabled people): April 2011: LHA (Local Housing Allowance) is reduced to … 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 →

COMMENT:Long-awaited peer reviews suggest ministers failed to act after deaths of ‘vulnerable’ claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Saturday 14th May 2016 After 21 months of smokescreens, excuses, obstruction and secrecy, work and pensions ministers have finally been forced to publish some of the conclusions reached by their own civil servants about … Continue reading →

Suicides of benefit claimants reveal DWP flaws, says inquiry

By Patrick Butler and John Pring ‘Peer reviews’ challenge claims by ministers that there is no connection between welfare reform policies and deaths of vulnerable claimants A series of secret internal inquiries into the deaths of people claiming social security … Continue reading →

The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits

The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits Thank to Maggie Zolobajluk @22magoo for her support in this extremely sad task. 14 Sep 2015 — The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) published guidance to Jobcentre officials who decide whether … Continue reading →

Isaac takes EHRC chair, despite concerns over DWP ‘outsourcing’ work

The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments. David Isaac … Continue reading →

Apprenticeship taskforce welcomed, despite concerns over membership

Disabled campaigners are hoping a new government taskforce will lead to apprenticeships becoming more accessible to disabled people, despite concerns over who ministers will invite to take part. Three government departments announced this week that they have set up the … Continue reading →

Pioneering £5 million DRILL programme sends out first call for funding bids

  A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to research new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people. … Continue reading →

It is ‘not value-for-money’ to collect vital PIP stats on 20-metre rule, says DWP

Two disabled peers have criticised ministers for refusing to collect figures that would demonstrate the impact of a key element of new benefit rules that will see tens of thousands of people losing their Motability vehicles. The Liberal Democrat peer … Continue reading →

Wheelchair taxi rules will finally come into force… after 20 years

A report by peers on the impact of equality legislation on disabled people appears to have secured its first success, after the government agreed to bring into force taxi regulations – 20 years after they were first included in legislation. … Continue reading →

Jailed conman who targeted disabled people ‘defrauded hundreds’

Hundreds of disabled people are believed to have fallen victim to a “manipulative” fraudster who posed as a lawyer to steal money they were owed from discrimination cases, and then launched legal actions against them if they complained. Karl Lindon … Continue reading →

Police Scotland assessing possible investigation into IDS and Grayling

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 5th May 2016 Scottish police are assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation into the failure of two government ministers to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the “fitness for … 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 →

DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal if they miss the deadline for applying for the new personal independence payment (PIP). … 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 →

Government set to slash equality watchdog’s budget… again

The government has told the equality watchdog that it plans to slash its budget again, even though the financial year has already started. The planned cuts only emerged after the Government Equalities Office (GEO) told Disability News Service (DNS) that … Continue reading →