Funding drought ‘shows up discrimination faced by BME groups’

Organisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner. Julie Jaye Charles, chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), … Continue reading →

Drop in Access to Work numbers shows DWP ‘is strangling the scheme’

The government is facing calls for a “fundamental rethink” of its approach to Access to Work (AtW), after new figures showed the number of disabled people receiving support through the employment scheme fell last year. At its peak, in 2009-10, … Continue reading →

Cockroft’s fear of PIP reassessment and losing independence as she heads for Rio

One of Britain’s biggest stars from the London 2012 Paralympics has said she is “scared” that she will lose her independence when she is reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit. Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft has yet to be assessed … Continue reading →

Concern over Mordaunt’s ‘troubling’ appointment as disability minister

Disabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the … Continue reading →

Owen Smith challenged over disability record

One of the two prospective candidates to challenge UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused over his record on people with disabilities. Owen Smith, who is the UK Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, was the Shadow Work and … Continue reading →

What does Owen Smith believe?

The right of the PLP are faced with an impossible conundrum. On the one hand, many of them believe that only through being tougher than the Tories on welfare, or being seen to want to drastically reduce immigration, can they … Continue reading →

Disability employment gap: Experts demolish government excuses for WRAG cut

      A trio of experts have destroyed government claims that cutting out-of-work benefits for disabled people will help them find work. They were giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions select committee, as part of its inquiry … Continue reading →

DPAC joins ILF court case trio in call for Labour to back Corbyn

Three disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader. Anne Pridmore, Gabriel … Continue reading →

Tomlinson admits to ignorance about biopsychosocial model

The minister for disabled people has admitted to complete ignorance about the model that lies at the heart of his government’s programme of disability benefit reforms. Justin Tomlinson was asked what his thoughts were about the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of … Continue reading →

Crabb scrapped IDS’s white paper because he ‘didn’t like the look of it’

  The new work and pensions secretary scrapped the disability and employment white paper prepared by his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith because he “didn’t like the look” of it, a Tory MP has told a parliamentary meeting. The new work … Continue reading →

DWP piles WCA demand onto ‘humiliated’ abuse survivor

A government contractor has told a traumatised abuse survivor he must be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA), just a week after a minister faced a call to resign for threatening to stop another of his disability benefits. Justin … Continue reading →

UN Slams Tories over Human Right Abuses

  While the country is entrenched in the mire of the EU referendum fallout, the Tories have just been slammed by the United Nations (UN) – for human rights abuses. But not abroad. Here, in the UK. As The Canary previously … Continue reading →

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

          Only about seven in 10 disabled people who were previously claiming disability living allowance (DLA) are being found eligible for the government’s new disability benefit, official figures have revealed. The Department for Work and Pensions … Continue reading →

Tomlinson faces call to resign over PIP harassment of child abuse survivor

  A minister has been urged to resign, after he threatened a traumatised child abuse survivor – who is waiting to give evidence about the abuse in court – that his benefits would be stopped if he failed to co-operate … Continue reading →

First figures on ESA mandatory reconsideration ‘show it is just a delaying tactic’

Official figures suggest that a new appeal stage introduced for unsuccessful claimants has been little more than a delaying tactic aimed at reducing the number of disabled people claiming benefits, say campaigners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has … Continue reading →

Ministers ‘breach FoI laws’ by delaying release of fresh benefit deaths reviews

Ministers are delaying the release of nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, even though civil servants apparently prepared them for release three weeks ago under freedom of information laws. A response to a request to release redacted … Continue reading →

Report finds support for efforts to find a social model of mental distress

Most mental health service-users are still deeply divided about identifying with the social model of disability, but still favour moving away from the medicalised attitude of professionals and towards a more “social” approach, according to a new report. The user-led … Continue reading →

Peer support ‘could provide impetus for government’s jobs pledge’

  Providing support from their peers is an effective way of boosting disabled people’s job prospects, and should be used far more in government work programmes, according to two new studies. The research from Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and … Continue reading →

DWP ‘puts child abuse trial at risk’ by insisting on PIP reassessment

A traumatised child abuse victim has branded the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “shameful” for trying to force him to attend a benefits reassessment, when he is waiting to give evidence at an institutional abuse trial. David* has severe … Continue reading →

Shadow chancellor backs calls to prosecute Iain Duncan Smith over WCA deaths

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 26th May 2016 Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for Iain Duncan Smith to face criminal charges over allegations that his failure to address a coroner’s concerns about the “fitness for work” test led … Continue reading →