Green refuses three times to apologise to Scotland for harm of benefit reforms

By John Pring Disability News Service November 10th 2016   The work and pensions secretary Damian Green has refused three times to apologise or even acknowledge the distress and harm caused by his government’s welfare reforms and cuts, during an … Continue reading →

DPOs criticise DWP for excluding them from green paper launch

by John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Grassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper. The event for “stakeholders” … Continue reading →

Coroner asked to explain failure to hold inquest into benefit sanctions death

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Lawyers for the sister of a disabled man who died after his benefits were sanctioned have asked a coroner to explain why there was no inquest into his death. Gill Thompson … Continue reading →

Activists welcome disability commissioner’s decision to leave EHRC

by John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner not to seek a second four-year term. The decision of Lord [Chris] Holmes was only revealed after the Department … Continue reading →

Ministers set to force work-related activity on everyone in ESA support group

  By John Pring – Disability News Service November 3rd 2016   The Department for Work and Pensions is considering forcing all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits to take part in “mandatory” activity, its new green paper … Continue reading →

Professors’ silence after DWP waters down their guidance on preventing WCA suicides

By John Pring Disability News Service October 28th 2016   A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that … Continue reading →

‘Grave concern’ over coroner’s refusal to hold inquest into Maximus WRAG death

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 28th 2016   A coroner has refused to hold an inquest into the death of a disabled man who had a fatal heart attack an hour after being told the Department for Work … Continue reading →

Ministerial duo face questions after misleading MPs over PIP

  October 21st 2016 By John Pring Disability News Service   Two ministers have refused to apologise after they both misled MPs about the impact of the government’s new disability benefit on disabled people. In the space of just 20 … Continue reading →

Conference hears of ‘democide’, ‘psycho-compulsion’ and suicide risk from benefit system

October 13th 2016 By John Pring- Disability News Service   Mental health survivors and psychologists have joined forces for a conference that has highlighted the extreme damage caused by welfare reform, and has suggested how mental health professionals can help … Continue reading →

Care crisis: Council’s failings mean disabled man has to be dragged upstairs to his flat

  October 13th 2016 by John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled man has to be dragged up the stairs to his second-floor flat by his personal assistant because of his local council’s failure to rehouse him in safe, accessible … Continue reading →

Mind faces boycott call after policy and campaigns manager joins DWP

  October13th 2016. By John Pring – Disability News Service   Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the mental health charity Mind, and called on its chief executive to quit, after one of its managers agreed to spend … Continue reading →

MSPs hear call for government to ‘speak out more forcefully’ on WCA deaths

    13th October 2016  By John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Mowat hides from heat over social care crisis

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   The Conservative party has refused to explain why ministers appear to have dodged any mention or discussion of the social care crisis at this week’s annual conference. Health secretary Jeremy … Continue reading →

Ministers know their WCA system is increasing suicide risk, says Ken Loach

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Government ministers know their “fitness for work” system is making disabled people’s health worse, and is increasing the risk of suicides, the award-winning film director Ken Loach has told Disability … Continue reading →

Tory conference: PIP claimants will not be spared retests, DWP admits

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016 The government has confirmed that sick and disabled people who will soon be spared reassessments for out-of-work benefits will still face repeated testing for personal independence payment (PIP). Work and pensions … Continue reading →

Duncan Smith tells DNS: ‘I’m not going to be accused by you’ over mental health deaths

By John Pring  Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Iain Duncan Smith has denied responsibility for the deaths of people with mental health conditions who took their own lives after being unfairly found fit for work by the Department … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Party ‘must do more on rights and inclusion’

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 of its content was ignored by the conference. Among its pledges, Corbyn’s manifesto commits to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Abrahams says party will scrap WCA… but not sanctions

    By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 A Labour government would replace the “discredited” fitness for work test with a new assessment but it would not scrap benefit sanctions, the party’s shadow work and pensions … Continue reading →

DWP issued guidance that made suicides more likely, then ‘lied’ to cover its tracks

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 or removing regulations 29 and 35, and said that such a move would provide substantial savings. But the memo – drawn up before the 2015 election, and to be used … Continue reading →

‘Fit for work’ suicide man’s sister tried to take her own life after DWP ordeal

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 21st 2016   The sister of a man driven to suicide by the “fitness for work” system tried to take her own life after being “treated like a criminal” by the … Continue reading →