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 →

Leonard Cheshire set to scrap disabled-only team over budget black hole

A disability charity is set to scrap a team of disabled staff members dedicated to empowering the residents of its care homes, in a bid to cope with a budgetary black hole. Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) has told its award-winning, … Continue reading →

Secret DWP proposal to scrap ESA ‘substantial risk’ rules ‘would breach right to life’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has proposed scrapping two benefit regulations that offer vital protection to disabled people facing the controversial “fitness for work” test. In response to a freedom of information request, DWP has sent Disability News … Continue reading →

#DavidClapson #SanctionsDeaths: IDS rejects three key calls from MPs on sanctions safety

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22nd October 2015 The government has rejected three key recommendations by a cross-party committee of MPs that were aimed at improving the safety and transparency of its benefits sanctions regime. In its response … Continue reading →

#JFMOS #PMQs David Cameron challenged twice in a minute over disability rights violations

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22 October 2015 The prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and the death of a north … Continue reading →

#JFMOS Michael O’Sullivan scandal: Inquest notes expose shocking failings of WCA system

The shocking failings of the work capability assessment system – and the healthcare assessors who are paid to police it – have been exposed by the family of one of its victims.

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Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Atos ‘has no idea’ if surgeon is still assessing claimants 

Friday 25th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service Government contractor Atos Healthcare claims it has no idea if a former surgeon whose flawed assessment of a disabled man helped trigger his suicide is still testing people with mental … Continue reading →

Queen’s Speech: For Our Poorest, Our Sick and Our Disabled The Worst is Yet to Come

Cuts That Kill Illustration  by Satoshi Kambayashi

  Queen’s speech ‘suggests the worst is yet to come’  By John Pring Disability News Service 28th May 2015 Disabled people should prepare themselves for more cuts and further attacks on their rights over the next five years, disabled campaigners have … Continue reading →

GE15 The Disability Audit ~ In the name of love put an end to this vile pogrom on disabled people NOW!

DWP Wheelchair Cliff

‘The Disability Audit: the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people’ By Frances Ryan New Statesman After looking in detail at all the changes to the benefits system in the last five years, it’s only possible to come to one conclusion: … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability mini-manifesto chaos

Rachel Reeves

  23 April 2015  By John Pring, Disability News Service ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaos Labour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over … Continue reading →

Disabled Scots: Invisible Collateral Damage

Jamie Szymkowiak writes on austerity, welfare and disability

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UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014

Black Triangle The 45

  Updated tragic list of welfare-related deaths of UK’s sick and/or disabled people. This is the tip on the iceberg: They shall be remembered forevermore. Avenge the dead. Resuscitate the living. We must fight on for freedom from Westminster’s murderous … Continue reading →

Go ahead, Scotland: Vote NO to independence and sign your own death warrant

A lot of people wish that this referendum campaign had never happened. They wish the whole damn thing would go away and be forgotten.But a wish for a return to “normal” is a wish for a Scotland that is already … Continue reading →

#IndyRef New Scottish Government Expert Group on Welfare Report: Scrap Work Capability Assessments, Workfare and Benefit Sanctions Regime

  Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ISBN: 9781784125400 This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland. Executive … Continue reading →