Ministers refuse to say if they implemented 10 measures to save lives

Ministers have refused to say if they implemented 10 measures – recommended by their own civil servants – that would have made it less likely that “vulnerable” benefit claimants would lose their lives. The 10 recommendations were taken from some … Continue reading →

How a single word shows DWP has finally owned up on benefit deaths

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally admitted that it could be partly responsible for the deaths of some benefit claimants. The admission came – quietly – after its release of heavily-redacted versions of 49 secret “peer reviews” … Continue reading →

COMMENT:Long-awaited peer reviews suggest ministers failed to act after deaths of ‘vulnerable’ claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Saturday 14th May 2016 After 21 months of smokescreens, excuses, obstruction and secrecy, work and pensions ministers have finally been forced to publish some of the conclusions reached by their own civil servants about … Continue reading →

It is ‘not value-for-money’ to collect vital PIP stats on 20-metre rule, says DWP

Two disabled peers have criticised ministers for refusing to collect figures that would demonstrate the impact of a key element of new benefit rules that will see tens of thousands of people losing their Motability vehicles. The Liberal Democrat peer … Continue reading →

Disabled Access Day sees venue numbers quadruple

More than 1,000 venues and an estimated 10,000 people took part in the second annual Disabled Access Day, according to a new report. The figures show that last month’s event, which saw eight countries taking part, attracted 10 times the … Continue reading →

‘Enforcement is key on Equality Act’

Lawyers, campaigners, peers and academics have spoken of how disabled people can find it almost impossible to enforce their rights to equality, six years after the introduction of the Equality Act. They were speaking at a seminar in London – … Continue reading →

‘Conflict of interest’ lawyer to chair EHRC, as minister ignores MPs’ concerns

The government has appointed a commercial lawyer to chair the equality and human rights watchdog, despite MPs raising serious concerns about a potential conflict of interest caused by his firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The … Continue reading →

Government set to slash equality watchdog’s budget… again

The government has told the equality watchdog that it plans to slash its budget again, even though the financial year has already started. The planned cuts only emerged after the Government Equalities Office (GEO) told Disability News Service (DNS) that … Continue reading →

#DavidClapson #SanctionsDeaths: IDS rejects three key calls from MPs on sanctions safety

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22nd October 2015 The government has rejected three key recommendations by a cross-party committee of MPs that were aimed at improving the safety and transparency of its benefits sanctions regime. In its response … Continue reading →

#JFMOS #PMQs David Cameron challenged twice in a minute over disability rights violations

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 22 October 2015 The prime minister has had to defend his record on disability rights twice in a minute, after being questioned about both a UN inquiry and the death of a north … Continue reading →

#JFMOS Michael O’Sullivan scandal: Inquest notes expose shocking failings of WCA system

The shocking failings of the work capability assessment system – and the healthcare assessors who are paid to police it – have been exposed by the family of one of its victims.

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Is IDS’s DWP Spin Doctor Richard Caseby Formerly of The Sun Behind Blacklisting of Disability News Service Journalist?

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Director, Communications Civil Service, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) March 2014 – Present (1 year 2 months)London, United Kingdom The DWP is implementing the biggest changes to the welfare system in 60 years through the introduction of Universal Credit. … Continue reading →

Herald Scotland: Letter in Defence Disabled Journalist John Pring – Blacklisted by U.K. Government’s DWP Press Office

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  Letters to The Herald Saturday 25th April 2015 WE note that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out its threat to refuse to answer questions from, Disability News Service (DNS) editor John Pring (“inside Track: DWP … Continue reading →

‘DWP should be cautious about blocking critic of benefits policies’ ~ By Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland

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  By Stephen Naysmith Social Affairs Correspondent Herald Scotland Wednesday 22 April 2015     Journalist John Pring is not a household name, but for those affected by benefit cuts, particularly those with disabilities, he is something of a hero.  The … Continue reading →

DWP carries out threat to ban questions from Disability News Service

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17 April 2015 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out its threat to stop answering any questions from the country’s only disability news agency. DWP’s chief press officer (disability) had previously warned that he and his staff … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability mini-manifesto chaos

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  23 April 2015  By John Pring, Disability News Service ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaos Labour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dump

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  24 April 2015 By John Pring, Disability News Service The Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA). The party’s manifesto says a Conservative … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA disability spending cuts

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  23 April 2015  By John Pring, Disability News Service The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. In one of … Continue reading →