PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses

By John Pring, Disability News Service. 26th January 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Fresh evidence that DWP bars email communication from disabled claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims that it allows disabled people with “valid reasons” … 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 →

Government denies missing stats would expose failure of disability strategy

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 The government has failed to provide annual figures that could have exposed the failure of its much-criticised disability strategy. The last time the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) provided an update for … Continue reading →

‘We must keep banging the drum,’ says bus campaigner after five-year fight for justice

  By John Pring- Disability News Service 19/01/2017 The disabled activist who yesterday won a ground-breaking legal victory that protects the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses has said he does not regret the five years he has spent … 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 →

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 →