New disabled MP was former campaigns officer for BCODP

By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017   One of the two disabled Labour MPs elected to parliament for the first time earlier this month is a former campaigns officer for the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP), … Continue reading →

Shock after inquest ignores ‘fitness for work’ and jobcentre concerns

By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017 A coroner has declined to explain why he failed to take evidence on the apparent links between the government’s “fitness for work” test and the death of a disabled north London … Continue reading →

Queen’s speech: Government appears to dump Mordaunt’s WCA election promise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017   A Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new … Continue reading →

Rebranding of ‘toxic’ Atos will fail, activists promise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 14th June 2017   The “toxic” government contractor Atos has been accused of trying to create a smokescreen to hide its past failures and “appalling reputation”, after quietly announcing that it is changing … Continue reading →

Anger, resignation… and optimism in wake of general election result

By John Pring Disability News Service  14th June 2017 Disabled activists have reacted with a mixture of anger, resignation and optimism to a general election that saw the Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority. Some believe that a resurgent Labour party … Continue reading →

Woman ‘forced to sit in her own urine for two hours’ by PIP assessor

  By John Pring Disability News Service 14th June 2017   A disabled women says she was left to sit in her own urine for nearly two hours after her plight was ignored by a healthcare professional carrying out a … Continue reading →

#CripTheVoteUK #GE2017: Labour ‘will take a human rights-based approach’ to protecting disabled people

Election 2017: Labour ‘will take a rights-based approach’ to protecting disabled people  Labour has promised that it will take a “rights-based approach” to protecting the interests of disabled people, if it wins power at next week’s general election.  At the … Continue reading →

#CripTheVoteUK: As UK doctors’ leaders abdicate duty to defend patients’ human rights disabled people face perilous post-election future

"Qui tacet consentire videtur" ~ He who is silent is taken to agree.

BMA ‘will be complicit in future deaths’, after silence on ‘fit note’ rules By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 1st June 2017 Appalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the … Continue reading →

#GE2017 “I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government” ~ Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP) Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon

Dr Philippa Whitford spends parliamentary recess performing surgery in Palestine

“I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government – and that so many others will simply stand back and not vote at all” ~ Surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP)

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DWP pilot failure on WCA ‘calls into question willingness to learn from suicides’

By John Pring Disability News Service 18th May 2017   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have gone back on its promise to a tribunal to address a fatal flaw in its “fitness for work” test that … Continue reading →

PIP suicide woman’s sister blames ‘barbaric’ system for her death

By John Pring Disability News Service 18th May 2017 The sister of a disabled woman who she believes was driven to kill herself by the anxiety caused by re-applying for the government’s new disability benefit has called for reform of … 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 →

Lower benefit cap sees income slashed for more than 10,000 disabled people

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 More than 10,000 disabled people have had their benefits slashed in just one month, after the government introduced a new, lower cap on the total benefits that any non-working household can … 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 →

Remploy refused to give disabled experts support workers for care inspections

By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Disabled people helping to deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme were refused support workers, while one was bullied into resigning, documents obtained by Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Election forces MPs to abandon PIP inquiry, but evidence backs up dishonesty claims

By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of … Continue reading →