‘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 →

Minister ‘misled peers’ over EHRC’s request to run equality helpline

15th September 2016  John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/   A minister is facing accusations that she misled the House of Lords over the government’s “devastating” decision to allow a security firm with “an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement” to run the … Continue reading →

McDonnell promises DPAC ‘a seat at the heart of government’

15 September 2016 John Pring  http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ Disabled activists have been promised a seat “at the heart of government” if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as Labour leader and the party wins power at the next election. The pledge was made by … Continue reading →

ESA figures show ‘very disturbing’ drop in number placed in support group

  15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/   “Very disturbing” new government figures show a steep fall in the proportion of disabled people being found eligible for out-of-work disability benefits. Disabled campaigners fear the figures show the government is cutting spending … Continue reading →

FoI reveals EHRC chair’s ‘conflict of interest’ over welfare reform inquiry

15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ The equality watchdog’s new chair, who is set to lead an investigation into whether Tory welfare reforms breached disabled people’s human rights, worked for the government on key contracts at the heart of those reforms, … Continue reading →

Green’s new co-leader credits Independent Living Fund campaign

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The new co-leader of the Green party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that he will make support for inclusive education a key focus of his new role. Jonathan Bartley was elected … Continue reading →

Disability hate crime has fallen since 2007-2010, surprise new figures suggest

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Levels of disability hate crime in England and Wales have fallen in the years between 2007 and 2014, figures contained in a new report by the equality watchdog suggest. The publication is … Continue reading →

Council wants to watch abuse survivor shower and toilet to check post-ILF needs

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats, showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants die as DWP staff keep failing to follow suicide guidelines

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to consider an inquiry into its repeated failure to prevent the deaths of benefit claimants, despite the release of damning new information … Continue reading →

DWP hides seven secret benefit suicide reviews

August 25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, despite finally admitting that seven of them relate to people who took their own lives. DWP only … Continue reading →

PIP computer system crashes again… twice

18th August 2016 Problems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues. The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims … Continue reading →

Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap

  11th August 2016 A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department … Continue reading →

Arts Council funding is ‘vote of confidence’ in disability arts organisation

  11th August 2016 The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding. Arts Council England (ACE) announced this … Continue reading →

Government ‘could have saved £48 billion on social care’ with full funding of DFGs

11th August 2016 The government could have saved nearly £48 billion in social care costs over five years if it had funded all the work needed to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, according to a new user-led campaigning website. … Continue reading →

Atos nurse struck off over PIP assessment lies

11th August 2016 A nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone. Amelia Victoria Bailey … Continue reading →

DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse

11th August 2016 John Pring DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say whether it has reviewed hundreds of “fitness for work” tests carried … Continue reading →

Access website’s inclusive solution after one man’s lifetime of photography

4th August 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland. … Continue reading →

Capita suspends assessor after disablist, racist Facebook posts

4th August 2016  John Pring Disability News Service A disability benefits assessor with extreme right-wing sympathies has been suspended by the government contractor Capita after she posted disablist, racist comments about social security claimants on her Facebook page. The posts … Continue reading →

Maximus company ‘lied’ about user-involvement in inspection contracts

A company controlled by the disgraced US outsourcing giant Maximus apparently lied when it promised that user-led organisations would help it deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Late last year, … Continue reading →

Law centre’s disabled clients ‘abandoned’ by governing body

A disabled solicitor has accused his governing body of forcing him to abandon disabled clients without legal representation, after it withdrew permission for his new law centre to take on legal aid cases. The Law Society of Scotland (LSS), the … Continue reading →