#BMJ #BritishMedicalJournal ‘#FirstDoNoHarm’: are #WCA #disabilityassessments associated with adverse trends in #MentalHealth? ~ assessments have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits – A longitudinal ecological study – B Barr1, D Taylor-Robinson1, D Stuckler2, R Loopstra2, A Reeves2, M Whitehead1 Author affiliations

Abstract Background In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist—the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Claimant seeks judicial review over assessment flaws

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   A disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by the high court of the errors she says were made in dealing with her claim for personal independence payment (PIP), … Continue reading →

No chance of halving employment gap without tackling independent living, says DPO

By John Pring  Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   The UK government will not be able to achieve its aim of halving the disability employment gap because of its failure to address the “crucial” issue of independent living, according … Continue reading →

Green paper was missed opportunity to dump biopsychosocial model, says DPO

  By John Pring Disability News Service  2nd March 2017 The government should replace its “deeply flawed and inaccurate” disability benefits assessments with an in-house system – based on the social model – that understands the barriers faced by Deaf … Continue reading →

Information commissioner questions DWP’s ‘highly unusual’ failure on benefit deaths

By John Pring  Disability News Service 2nd March 2017   The information commissioner has questioned why the government failed to keep track of whether it had implemented recommendations on improving the safety of “vulnerable” disabled people that had been made … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: ‘Horrific’ suicide question sparks fresh assessment inquiry calls

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd March 2017 There are fresh calls for an inquiry into the way the government assesses eligibility for a key disability benefit, after claimants with mental health conditions described how they had been … Continue reading →

Billions of pounds of PIP cuts ‘will put lives at risk’

  By John Pring   Disability News Service    2nd March  2017 The announcement of billions of pounds of cuts to the government’s new disability benefit is a discriminatory attack on people with mental health problems, will push many of … Continue reading →

PIP goalpost shift reveals awful mindset of the Tories

By Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh  for National Scot Newspaper 1st March 2017   Sometimes it’s more than helpful for each of us, and especially those of us in public life, to detach ourselves from our personal perspectives to consider how others … Continue reading →

Allowing DWP barristers to sit as benefits appeal judges ‘is unquestionably wrong’

By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd February 2017 A system that allows barristers who are paid by DWP to prosecute benefit fraud cases to also sit as judges on tribunals that decide social security appeals is “unquestionably wrong” and … Continue reading →

PIP claimant who took her own life had written about unfair assessment report

By John Pring Disability News Service 23rd February 2017   A disabled woman who took her own life after being told she had lost a benefits appeal had written a letter to civil servants describing the unfairness of the face-to-face … Continue reading →

Police force criticised after refusing to treat ‘lynch mob’ murder as hate crime

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd Febraury 2017   A chief constable has insisted that his police force was right not to treat the brutal murder of a man with learning difficulties who was hung from a tree and … Continue reading →

Watchdog refuses to withdraw report to UN that omits benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd February 2017 The equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Capita made me a scapegoat, says disgraced assessor

Bu John Pring Disability News Service 23rd February 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefits assessments for the government complete as much as 60 per cent of their reports before they meet the disabled person they are supposed … Continue reading →

‘Inspired by ‘I, Daniel Blake’ disabled protesters make ‘Declaration of Humanity’ in Seoul

By Ahn Young-choon, Staff reporter     Disabled people in wheelchairs spraypaint their names as a declaration of their humanity, inspired by the movie “I, Daniel Blake”, while demanding a ruling to end to the role of the Social Security Committee, … Continue reading →

Sister launches judicial review claim in bid for sanctions death inquest

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold … Continue reading →

G4S, Maximus and ‘A4E’ all set to win contracts under Work and Health Programme

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 Some of the country’s most controversial and discredited outsourcing companies are set to win contracts under the government’s new programme to find jobs for disabled people and other marginalised groups. … Continue reading →

Questions over DWP’s further medical evidence pilot secrecy

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing questions over why it failed to release the results of a pilot project that was supposed to correct a fatal flaw in … Continue reading →

Spartacus exposes work and health green paper ‘smokescreen’

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th Frebruary 2017 Campaigners have published a withering 237-page attack on the government’s work, health and disability green paper, accusing ministers of creating a “smokescreen” to disguise their intention to cut support and force … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied there is any dishonesty among the healthcare professionals who carry out its benefits assessments, even though Disability News Service (DNS) has now … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Woman took her own life two days after learning of failed PIP appeal

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 A disabled woman who lost her disability benefits because of a controversial reassessment process took her own life just two days after being told her appeal had failed. The body of … Continue reading →