Disabled mother-of-five launches lobby group after 20 years of family court injustice

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 A disabled mother-of-five has described how having to fight the courts repeatedly for nearly two decades for the right to keep her children has led her to set up a pressure … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘denied access to justice by failure of judges on reasonable adjustments’

By John  Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human … Continue reading →

Lower benefit cap sees income slashed for more than 10,000 disabled people

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 More than 10,000 disabled people have had their benefits slashed in just one month, after the government introduced a new, lower cap on the total benefits that any non-working household can … Continue reading →

Scrapping EHRC disability commissioner role ‘risks sidelining disability’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 The “rash” decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will make it harder for the watchdog to stand up to attacks … Continue reading →

General Election 2017: Tory mental health plans greeted with accusations of ‘hypocrisy’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017   Two user-led groups have accused the Conservative party of “hypocrisy” after it promised to end the “burning injustices” facing mental health service-users. Both groups pointed out that Conservative social … Continue reading →

DWP declared a ‘leading’ Disability Confident employer, despite UN rights violations

By John Pring Disability News service May11th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been declared a gold-standard employer of disabled people under its own much-criticised scheme, despite being found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of the … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants take to social media to describe DWP ‘hell’ and ‘abuse’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled people have described how the “terrifying” and “abusive” benefit assessments delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have seriously damaged their health, and how its failings will … Continue reading →

Election forces MPs to abandon PIP inquiry, but evidence backs up dishonesty claims

By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of … Continue reading →

DPAC issues tactical voting plea to save country from five more years of Tory rule

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Anti-cuts activists have called for disabled people to vote tactically at the general election, in a bid to remove the Conservative party from power. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) … Continue reading →

EHRC confusion after minister appears to scrap disability commissioner role

By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 The government appears to have secretly scrapped the post of disability commissioner at the equality and human rights watchdog, but is refusing to confirm that it has done so. The decision … Continue reading →

Boycott call after DWP wrongly claims DPOs helped devise punitive work scheme

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled activists have called on disability charities to boycott any further co-operation with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), after it wrongly claimed that disabled people’s organisations (DPO) had … Continue reading →

Online campaign ‘could enable disabled people to affect election outcome’

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   Activists hope a new non-partisan online campaign – based on a successful US user-led movement – could finally enable disabled people to become a political force in the UK, … Continue reading →

Concern as minister appoints Tory peer as equality watchdog’s disability lead

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government’s decision to appoint a second consecutive Tory peer to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights could put its status as a leading international … Continue reading →

Government admits failing to record actions after benefit suicide inquiries

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government failed for more than three years to keep a record of what actions it took – if any – after carrying out secret reviews into the suicides … 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 →

‘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 →

PIP investigation: Council probes ‘shockingly poor and dishonest’ assessments

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 A local authority is to hear evidence from up to a dozen disabled people later this month as part of an inquiry into serious concerns about the system of assessing eligibility … Continue reading →

DPO hopes mayoral election will see Manchester lead the way on disability rights

  By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017   A leading disabled people’s organisation (DPOs) is hoping to persuade the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester to make the region a trailblazer for disability rights in England. Greater … 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 →