Pushed to the Brink

By Ruth Hunt Morning Star Alice Kirby tells Ruth Hunt how DWP benefit assessment practices contribute to the deterioration of claimants’ mental health, causing an increase in suicidal feelings Of late, there have been great strides made regarding the understanding … Continue reading →

Concern over UN’s ‘silence’ on benefit-related deaths

  By John Pring Disability News Service 6th April 2017   Disabled activists fear that the UN committee examining the UK’s progress on implementing the disability rights convention may be ignoring links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths … Continue reading →

Potential Legal Challenge to £30 p.w. ESA Cut – defendants needed

From Monday (3rd April), new recipients of employment and support allowance deemed healthy enough to carry out ‘work related activities’ will get up to £1,500 less each year than existing recipients. Anyone who feels able to work and does so … Continue reading →

‘Shabby’ Labour fails again on disability rights, after abstaining on PIP cuts vote

  By John Pring Disability News Service 30th March 2017   The Labour party has been heavily criticised for again failing to defend disabled people from attacks on their rights, after its peers refused to vote against “discriminatory” cuts to … Continue reading →

‘Fitness for work’ test has led to deterioration in mental health, say researchers

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 Disabled activists have welcomed “timely” new research that concludes that the government’s “fitness for work” process has caused a deterioration in many people’s mental health which they have failed to recover … Continue reading →

DPOs join forces to brief UN on how UK has breached disability convention

  By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017   Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have come together to tell a UN committee the different ways in which the UK government has been breaching the UN Convention on the Rights … Continue reading →

Activists bring ‘no more benefit deaths’ message to Westminster

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Disabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against … 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 →

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 →

National DPOs forced to withdraw report sent to UN over benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 Three national disabled people’s organisations have withdrawn a report they submitted to the United Nations, after admitting that it failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare … Continue reading →

Mother of ‘fit for work’ victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017   The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal … Continue reading →

Green Party calls on government to launch benefit deaths inquiry

By John  Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 The Green Party has written to work and pensions secretary Damian Green to demand an independent inquiry into benefit claimants whose deaths have been linked to the failings of his department. … Continue reading →

UN report failure on benefit deaths by national DPOs ‘is extreme insult to activists’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   A crucial report submitted to the United Nations by three national disabled people’s organisations has been criticised for failing to speak out strongly enough on the links between the … Continue reading →

‘Immoral’ Capita offered £200 bonuses to social workers to slash care packages

By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   The outsourcing company Capita offered freelance social workers financial bonuses – and put them up in luxury hotels – to encourage them to help a local authority cut disabled and … Continue reading →

DWP report confirms fears over impact of ILF closure

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in England experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and an “adverse” impact on their physical and mental health … Continue reading →

MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

        By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of … Continue reading →

Sayce announces retirement, as ‘she is shortlisted’ for EHRC appointment

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017   The chief executive of the UK’s most prominent national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced that she is to retire from her post. Liz Sayce has headed Disability Rights UK (DR … Continue reading →

May’s mental health speech ‘is smokescreen to hide damage of welfare reform’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th January 2017 The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her … Continue reading →

Employers ‘reluctant’ to provide adjustments in zero hours culture

The growth of zero hours contracts is making it even harder for disabled workers to secure the reasonable adjustments they need to do their jobs, “valuable” new research suggests. Employers are displaying a “strong reluctance” to make reasonable adjustments for … Continue reading →

Chancellor’s social care and WRAG omissions ‘show contempt for disabled people’

  By John Pring  Disability News service November 25th 2016   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance … Continue reading →