Senior civil servant admits draft industrial strategy failed on disability

By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other … Continue reading →

Concerns over council’s post-18 support after ombudsman ruling

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 A local authority is facing claims that it is breaching the rights of disabled teenagers by denying them the support they need as they prepare for the transition to adulthood. The claims … Continue reading →

DRUK’s new boss pledges better links with other DPOs and grassroots groups

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 The new boss of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has pledged to do more to involve young disabled people in the organisation’s work, and improve its relationships with other disabled people’s organisations … Continue reading →

McDonnell calls for disabled-led solution to care crisis, as DPAC occupies parliament

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Jared O’Mara calls for action on bullying and harassment by MPs

Image Courtesy of The Star   By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP is calling for action to address the bullying and harassment he has witnessed in the House of Commons, in a bid to … Continue reading →

Ten years on, campaigners ask again: ‘If these are not hate crimes, what are?’

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Six new cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults have cast fresh doubt on the criminal justice system’s ability to recognise, punish and prevent … Continue reading →

Purple boss raises concerns over Disability Confident accreditation

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 New concerns have been raised about the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, after a leading disabled social entrepreneur said that some businesses could be finding it easier than intended to secure … Continue reading →

DPAC set for week of protests over social care, Atos and access to transport

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 Disabled activists are set to lobby MPs this week on the urgency of the social care crisis, as part of a week of action that will take place across the country, … Continue reading →

Project aims for inclusion and a collective voice for ‘spoonies’

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 Disabled activists behind a pioneering new project are aiming to build the first organisation that will give people with chronic illness the chance to have their voices heard outside their own … Continue reading →

Inclusion London set to test social model job support, after £775k grant

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 A pan-London disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has been given the chance to test “exciting” and “important” approaches to supporting young disabled people into work that reflect the social model of … Continue reading →

Government’s UN response ‘exposes failings on disability convention’

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 The government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings. … Continue reading →

Foodbank study suggests disability benefits should rise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 The authors of a major new study have called on the government to launch an inquiry into whether disability benefit payments should be increased, after finding more than half of … Continue reading →

PIP reassessments cause more than half DLA claimants to lose Motability rights

    By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 More than half of those disabled people previously eligible for the Motability vehicle scheme have lost that eligibility after being reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit, according to … Continue reading →

Years of austerity have left personal assistance in ‘very fragile state’

By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017   The concept of personal assistance has been severely damaged by years of austerity and policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living, leading figures in the … Continue reading →

New disabled MPs back fresh call to reopen access fund

Image Courtesy of Mirror   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 The two newest disabled MPs in the House of Commons have backed a call for the government to reopen a fund that helped politicians meet the … Continue reading →

Police watchdog criticised over investigation into murder of disabled refugee

Picture Courtesy of Guardian By John Pring Disability News Service  6th July 2017   A watchdog has been criticised for failing to investigate whether disability hate crime played a part in the harassment and abuse suffered by a disabled refugee, … Continue reading →

New disabled MP accuses government of ‘eugenics’

Picture Courtesy of Guardian   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has accused the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”. Labour’s … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘have too little awareness of rights’ in lead-up to Brexit

By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017   A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit. … Continue reading →

Crossbench disabled peer calls for an end to austerity, and the misery it has caused

  By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused. Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s … Continue reading →

Mencap care staff ‘called resident “poison dwarf” and reused feeding syringes’

  By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 The disability charity Mencap is facing allegations that staff at one of its care homes used an offensive nickname for a disabled resident, and repeatedly reused feeding syringes that should … Continue reading →