Welfare reform ‘will see £50 a week more cuts to 900,000 disabled people’

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 About 900,000 disabled people will see their weekly incomes fall by at least £50 a week by 2020, because of the continuing impact of the government’s welfare reforms, according to new research. … Continue reading →

Council’s review finds PIP ‘not fit for purpose’

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 The assessment process for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) disability benefit is “distressing, inconsistent and not fit for purpose”, according to the results of an inquiry by a panel of … Continue reading →

Prime minister ‘lies’ on benefits spending in response to UN ‘human catastrophe’ claims

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 The prime minister has been accused of misleading parliament about spending on disability benefits, after trying to defend herself from accusations by a UN committee that her government had caused a “human … Continue reading →

Summit meeting will aim to bring movement together on independent living

By John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living. … Continue reading →

UN demands annual UK progress report on correcting ‘grave and systematic violations’

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 A UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

  By Steven Naysmith  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15508062.UK_Government_cuts_driving_disabled_people_into_poverty__key_UN_committee_says/ Reblogged DISABLED people are dying as a result of austerity measures and discrimination, campaigners have claimed, after the UK Government was sharply criticised by a United Nations watchdog committee. Equal Lives chief executive Mark Harrison said: “In … Continue reading →

Activists plan day-long musical tribute to ‘radical and brilliant’ Robert Dellar

By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017   Mental health service-users are planning a day-long musical celebration of the life of one of the survivor movement’s best-known – and best-loved – activists. The 12-hour gig at a venue … Continue reading →

CPS hate crime statement wins support

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017 Disabled campaigners say they are encouraged by a new public statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which describes how it will prosecute disability hate crime. The statement was one … Continue reading →

DWP rejects PIP claimant’s appeal… before she receives decision notice

By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017 Fresh concerns have been raised about the integrity of the disability benefits system, after a disabled woman’s appeal against having her benefits removed was rejected before she was even told her … Continue reading →

Government’s VAT attack ‘sends out mixed messages on independent living’

By John Pring  Disability News Service  August 24th 2017 The government has been accused of “sending out mixed messages” on independent living, after it emerged that it wants to charge VAT on the payroll services provided to disabled people who … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

Minister told ‘alarm bells are ringing’ over disability hate crime

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 Disabled campaigners have written to a government minister to warn him that “alarm bells are ringing” over the “massive discrepancies and inconsistencies” in the way the criminal justice system deals … Continue reading →

Tackle education, career stereotypes and flexible working to close pay gap, says EHRC

By John Pring  Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The equality watchdog has called for action to improve the education of disabled pupils, tackle career stereotypes and improve the availability of flexible working, in order to close the gap in … Continue reading →

Airports branded ‘poor’ on access over lack of consultation with disabled passengers

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017   One of the largest airports in the country has been branded one of the worst for accessibility, after it failed to consult with disabled people about how it could … Continue reading →

Bus industry set to face fresh legal action over access to wheelchair space

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court … Continue reading →

DWP breaks promise to stop harassing child abuse victim in run-up to trial

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has broken its promises not to harass a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial. … Continue reading →

‘My picture is proof that healthcare professionals lie in benefit assessments’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 A furious disability benefit claimant has produced what she says is the clearest evidence yet that healthcare professionals working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are writing dishonest assessment … Continue reading →

Minister hears how to boost democratic involvement of disabled voters

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Disabled voters have told a minister what he should do to make it easier for them to take part in the democratic process. Disabled service-users and representatives of three Brighton charities … Continue reading →

BBC bids to ‘shine a light’ on disabled performers

  By John Pring Disability News Service  August 10th 2017 Disabled actors have welcomed a new BBC scheme that aims to “shine a light” on experienced disabled performers, and discover and develop up-and-coming talent. The Class Act development programme will … Continue reading →