It’s official: Ministers have abandoned their disability employment gap target

By John Pring Disability News Service November 25th 2016 A Labour MP has proved that the government has abandoned a target it set to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. The promise, included in last year’s general election manifesto, … Continue reading →

DWP admits most Disability Confident employers just skipped across from Two Ticks

By John Pring Disability News Service November25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted flooding its under-fire Disability Confident scheme with hundreds of employers from the hugely-discredited disability employment programme it is replacing. The revelation is yet … 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 →

Debbie Jolly: a ‘force for good’ and a passionate social model advocate

  By John Pring Disability News Service November 17th 2016 Activists have paid tribute to Debbie Jolly, a central figure in the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, a passionate advocate of the social model, and a researcher-activist who “brilliantly” exploited links … Continue reading →

McDonnell pledges Labour will force government to debate UN ‘rights violations’ report

By John Pring  Disability News Service Novemeber 17th 2016 Labour’s shadow chancellor has promised that the government will be dragged before MPs to explain why it was found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights by … Continue reading →

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 →