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 →

DPOs call on transport secretary to restore Access for All funding

By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled campaigners and their allies have called on the transport secretary to restore “vital” government funding for projects to improve access to rail stations across England, Wales and Scotland. In a … Continue reading →

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

By John  Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” … 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 →

DWP ‘manipulated Access to Work figures to hide cuts and harassment’

By John Pring  Disability News Service 12th October 2017   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of manipulating statistics in an attempt to hide the ongoing barriers, cuts and harassment experienced by disabled people seeking support … 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 →

Mum and new baby face Christmas eviction after WCA ‘nightmare’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12 th October 2017 A disabled woman with a new baby is set to be evicted a fortnight before Christmas because the Department for Work and Pensions stopped her benefits when she failed … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Silence on eligibility means WCA announcement is ‘meaningless’

By John Pring Disability News Service  Oct5th 2017 Changes that mean some sick and disabled benefit claimants will no longer need to face repeated assessments of their capability for work are “meaningless” because the government has refused to say which … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Activists criticise ‘heavy-handed’ police action at tram protest

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017 Disabled activists have criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct action protest that blocked tram lines outside the Conservative party conference. A handful of activists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Care minister hides from fringe as funding crisis deepens

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017   The Conservative minister for care services turned down at least four invitations to speak about adult social care at her party’s annual conference, while disabled people and other experts warned … 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: No vote on tax-funded social care system, at least until 2018

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour has promised an extra £3 billion a year to start the job of building a National Care Service, but has not said how it would reform the long-term funding … 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 →

Labour conference: New disabled MP pledges to fight government’s assault on rights

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A newly-elected MP has accused the government of putting its “head in the sand” over the damage caused by years of cuts that have been “targeted” on disabled people. Marsha de … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Call for union action over DWP staff who ‘take pleasure in sanctions’

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A leading disabled activist has asked the head of one of the country’s largest unions to take action over jobcentre staff who appear to enjoy handing out sanctions to benefit claimants. … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Members accuse party of years of ‘blatant discrimination’

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour is facing concerted pressure to put an end to years of “blatant discrimination” against its own disabled party members, while also facing complaints about “inexcusable” access failings at this week’s … Continue reading →