UK wants to promote its disability policies to rest of the world, says Mordaunt

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   The minister for disabled people has dismissed a damning UN report on her government’s disability rights record, arguing that the rest of the world should instead be learning from … Continue reading →

Second year of huge rises in disability hate crime, but causes still unclear

  By John Pring Disability News Service  October 19th 2017   The number of disability hate crimes recorded by the police rose by more than 50 per cent last year, according to new figures released by the Home Office. The … Continue reading →

National summit set to build new alliances and ‘reinvigorate’ the movement

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017 Organisers of a national “summit meeting” of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), grassroots campaigns and trade unions hope it will “reinvigorate” the disability movement. The National Disabled People’s Summit is being … Continue reading →

Sir Bert Massie: Tributes to ‘a life committed to disabled people’s liberation’

By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017 Tributes have been paid to Sir Bert Massie, the chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who made a “fundamental” contribution to disabled people’s liberation, and who … Continue reading →

Advisor says 30 local claimants with terminal cancer had PIP rejections overturned

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   A welfare rights advisor has described how at least 30 local benefit claimants with terminal cancer have had their claims rejected in the last year, with every one of … Continue reading →

DPAC shortlisted for human rights award after parliament direct action

By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled activists who carried out a direct action protest in the heart of parliament have been shortlisted for a prestigious human rights award. The human rights organisation Liberty has named Disabled … Continue reading →

SNP hears ‘justice for the dead’ demand as it backs call to implement UN report

By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 The SNP’s annual conference has unanimously called on the UK government to implement the findings of a UN committee of disability rights experts, after a disabled activist demanded “justice for the … Continue reading →

Mordaunt misleads MPs… again

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 The minister for disabled people has again misled MPs, after she claimed that the UK had “volunteered” to take part in a public UN examination which concluded that her government’s … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Gauke admits sanctions can harm mental health claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017 Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has admitted that the system of benefit sanctions often fails to work and can instead cause harm to claimants, particularly those with mental health conditions. … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Student forced to crowdfund pain-free wheelchair

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A disabled student has told Labour’s annual party conference that she has been forced to resort to crowdfunding to obtain a wheelchair that is suitable for her needs, because of “chronic” … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Abrahams pledges ‘supportive and enabling’ social security system

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has pledged to transform the social security system from one that “demonises” benefit claimants to one that is “supportive and enabling”. Debbie Abrahams told Labour’s … Continue reading →

UN demands annual UK progress report on correcting ‘grave and systematic violations’

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 A UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

  By Steven Naysmith  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15508062.UK_Government_cuts_driving_disabled_people_into_poverty__key_UN_committee_says/ Reblogged DISABLED people are dying as a result of austerity measures and discrimination, campaigners have claimed, after the UK Government was sharply criticised by a United Nations watchdog committee. Equal Lives chief executive Mark Harrison said: “In … Continue reading →

CPS hate crime statement wins support

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017 Disabled campaigners say they are encouraged by a new public statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which describes how it will prosecute disability hate crime. The statement was one … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

Minister told ‘alarm bells are ringing’ over disability hate crime

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 Disabled campaigners have written to a government minister to warn him that “alarm bells are ringing” over the “massive discrepancies and inconsistencies” in the way the criminal justice system deals … Continue reading →

Airports branded ‘poor’ on access over lack of consultation with disabled passengers

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017   One of the largest airports in the country has been branded one of the worst for accessibility, after it failed to consult with disabled people about how it could … Continue reading →

Bus industry set to face fresh legal action over access to wheelchair space

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court … Continue reading →

DWP breaks promise to stop harassing child abuse victim in run-up to trial

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has broken its promises not to harass a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial. … Continue reading →