‘I’m suffering’: woman who confronted May tells of disability cuts ordeal

By Alexandra Topping https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/16/woman-who-confronted-theresa-may-disability-cuts-ordeal-kathy-mohan   Kathy Mohan, who became an overnight champion of disabled people, says Tories’ PIP scheme has left her unable to cope Kathy Mohan, who confronted Theresa May during an election walkabout in Abingdon. Photograph: Ben Gurr … Continue reading →

Disabled mother-of-five launches lobby group after 20 years of family court injustice

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 A disabled mother-of-five has described how having to fight the courts repeatedly for nearly two decades for the right to keep her children has led her to set up a pressure … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘denied access to justice by failure of judges on reasonable adjustments’

By John  Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human … Continue reading →

Scrapping EHRC disability commissioner role ‘risks sidelining disability’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 The “rash” decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will make it harder for the watchdog to stand up to attacks … Continue reading →

General Election 2017: Tory mental health plans greeted with accusations of ‘hypocrisy’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017   Two user-led groups have accused the Conservative party of “hypocrisy” after it promised to end the “burning injustices” facing mental health service-users. Both groups pointed out that Conservative social … Continue reading →

DWP declared a ‘leading’ Disability Confident employer, despite UN rights violations

By John Pring Disability News service May11th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been declared a gold-standard employer of disabled people under its own much-criticised scheme, despite being found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of the … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants take to social media to describe DWP ‘hell’ and ‘abuse’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled people have described how the “terrifying” and “abusive” benefit assessments delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have seriously damaged their health, and how its failings will … Continue reading →

Concern as minister appoints Tory peer as equality watchdog’s disability lead

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government’s decision to appoint a second consecutive Tory peer to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights could put its status as a leading international … Continue reading →

Government admits failing to record actions after benefit suicide inquiries

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government failed for more than three years to keep a record of what actions it took – if any – after carrying out secret reviews into the suicides … Continue reading →

Pushed to the Brink

By Ruth Hunt Morning Star Alice Kirby tells Ruth Hunt how DWP benefit assessment practices contribute to the deterioration of claimants’ mental health, causing an increase in suicidal feelings Of late, there have been great strides made regarding the understanding … Continue reading →

Potential Legal Challenge to £30 p.w. ESA Cut – defendants needed

From Monday (3rd April), new recipients of employment and support allowance deemed healthy enough to carry out ‘work related activities’ will get up to £1,500 less each year than existing recipients. Anyone who feels able to work and does so … Continue reading →

‘Fitness for work’ test has led to deterioration in mental health, say researchers

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 Disabled activists have welcomed “timely” new research that concludes that the government’s “fitness for work” process has caused a deterioration in many people’s mental health which they have failed to recover … Continue reading →

DPOs join forces to brief UN on how UK has breached disability convention

  By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017   Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have come together to tell a UN committee the different ways in which the UK government has been breaching the UN Convention on the Rights … Continue reading →

Activists bring ‘no more benefit deaths’ message to Westminster

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Disabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against … Continue reading →

#BMJ #BritishMedicalJournal ‘#FirstDoNoHarm’: are #WCA #disabilityassessments associated with adverse trends in #MentalHealth? ~ assessments have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits – A longitudinal ecological study – B Barr1, D Taylor-Robinson1, D Stuckler2, R Loopstra2, A Reeves2, M Whitehead1 Author affiliations

Abstract Background In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist—the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that … Continue reading →

Police force criticised after refusing to treat ‘lynch mob’ murder as hate crime

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd Febraury 2017   A chief constable has insisted that his police force was right not to treat the brutal murder of a man with learning difficulties who was hung from a tree and … Continue reading →

Watchdog refuses to withdraw report to UN that omits benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News service 23rd February 2017 The equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with … Continue reading →

‘Inspired by ‘I, Daniel Blake’ disabled protesters make ‘Declaration of Humanity’ in Seoul

By Ahn Young-choon, Staff reporter     Disabled people in wheelchairs spraypaint their names as a declaration of their humanity, inspired by the movie “I, Daniel Blake”, while demanding a ruling to end to the role of the Social Security Committee, … Continue reading →

Sister launches judicial review claim in bid for sanctions death inquest

  By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold … Continue reading →

Questions over DWP’s further medical evidence pilot secrecy

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th February 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing questions over why it failed to release the results of a pilot project that was supposed to correct a fatal flaw in … Continue reading →