The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits

The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits Thank to Maggie Zolobajluk @22magoo for her support in this extremely sad task. 14 Sep 2015 — The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) published guidance to Jobcentre officials who decide whether … Continue reading →

Apprenticeship taskforce welcomed, despite concerns over membership

Disabled campaigners are hoping a new government taskforce will lead to apprenticeships becoming more accessible to disabled people, despite concerns over who ministers will invite to take part. Three government departments announced this week that they have set up the … Continue reading →

Pioneering £5 million DRILL programme sends out first call for funding bids

  A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to research new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people. … 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 →

Crabb hints at lengthy delays to manifesto pledge on disability jobs gap

The new work and pensions secretary has suggested the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap will face lengthy delays, after he said he wanted to spend a “few years” testing how to achieve the target. Stephen Crabb, who … Continue reading →

Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts

The new work and pensions secretary has sent out mixed signals on whether he wants to make further cuts to spending on disability benefits. Stephen Crabb, who was appointed after the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith in March, was giving … Continue reading →

DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal if they miss the deadline for applying for the new personal independence payment (PIP). … Continue reading →

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people in ‘destitution’, research suggests

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are living in destitution, the first piece of research to look at extreme poverty in the UK suggests. The study, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that in 2015 there were 1.25 million … Continue reading →

Secret DWP proposal to scrap ESA ‘substantial risk’ rules ‘would breach right to life’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has proposed scrapping two benefit regulations that offer vital protection to disabled people facing the controversial “fitness for work” test. In response to a freedom of information request, DWP has sent Disability News … Continue reading →

DWP sanctions are incompatible with Lord Bingham’s definition of the rule of law ~ Professor Michael Adler

  Austerity and Public Law Michael Adler: Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law Editors’ note: The blog is running a new series titled ‘Austerity and Public Law’. The theme explores the implications or impact of the austerity measures in the … Continue reading →

#DWP ‘Benefit sanctions: Britain’s secret penal system’ by Dr David Webster University of Glasgow

Benefits claimants are subjected to an ‘amateurish, secret penal system which is more severe than the mainstream judicial system’, writes Dr David Webster of the University of Glasgow. By Dr David Webster Published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Few … Continue reading →

WATCH ‪#‎BBCQT‬ ‪#‎BBCbias‬: Man’s question to ‪Tories‬ ignored over current ‪UN‬ ‪CRPD‬ ‪‎investigation‬ into UK disability rights violations

BBC Question Time, Grimsby, Thursday 22nd October 2015 LINK TO FULL SEGMENT [Scroll to 35 minutes 35 seconds into the programme for the question]: HERE It’s also worth pointing out that the only person who has been on Question Time … 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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Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Chief coroner silent over WCA ‘future deaths’ reports 

By John Pring Disability News Service Friday 25th September 2015 The chief coroner of England and Wales has refused to act after it emerged that only one coroner has written an official report warning that lives could be put at … Continue reading →

Michael O’Sullivan inquest: Atos ‘has no idea’ if surgeon is still assessing claimants 

Friday 25th September 2015 By John Pring Disability News Service Government contractor Atos Healthcare claims it has no idea if a former surgeon whose flawed assessment of a disabled man helped trigger his suicide is still testing people with mental … Continue reading →

Queen’s Speech: For Our Poorest, Our Sick and Our Disabled The Worst is Yet to Come

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  Queen’s speech ‘suggests the worst is yet to come’  By John Pring Disability News Service 28th May 2015 Disabled people should prepare themselves for more cuts and further attacks on their rights over the next five years, disabled campaigners have … Continue reading →

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 →