ESA figures show ‘very disturbing’ drop in number placed in support group

  15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/   “Very disturbing” new government figures show a steep fall in the proportion of disabled people being found eligible for out-of-work disability benefits. Disabled campaigners fear the figures show the government is cutting spending … Continue reading →

Government must rip up response to Equality Act report, say disabled peers

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Disabled peers have demanded that the government rips up its “frustrating”, “clichéd” and “tepid” response to a major House of Lords report on the Equality Act’s impact on disabled people. The Equality … Continue reading →

Green’s new co-leader credits Independent Living Fund campaign

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The new co-leader of the Green party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that he will make support for inclusive education a key focus of his new role. Jonathan Bartley was elected … Continue reading →

Disability hate crime has fallen since 2007-2010, surprise new figures suggest

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Levels of disability hate crime in England and Wales have fallen in the years between 2007 and 2014, figures contained in a new report by the equality watchdog suggest. The publication is … Continue reading →

Council wants to watch abuse survivor shower and toilet to check post-ILF needs

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats, showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if … Continue reading →

ILF closure cuts report produces instant results from Labour and Greens

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Senior figures in the Labour and Green parties have pledged to introduce a national, free, needs-led system of support, after a report showed that the Independent Living Fund’s (ILF) closure resulted … Continue reading →

DPAC’s 1,000-name letter backs Corbyn, disabled people’s champion

  August 25th 2016 More than 1,000 Deaf and disabled people and their allies have backed Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to be re-elected as Labour leader, after signing a letter recognising his years of support for key disability rights campaigns. The … Continue reading →

DWP hides seven secret benefit suicide reviews

August 25th 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, despite finally admitting that seven of them relate to people who took their own lives. DWP only … Continue reading →

PIP computer system crashes again… twice

18th August 2016 Problems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues. The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims … Continue reading →

Bus companies ‘using loopholes’ to evade access laws

  August18th 2016 Public transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear. They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes … Continue reading →

Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap

  11th August 2016 A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department … Continue reading →

Arts Council funding is ‘vote of confidence’ in disability arts organisation

  11th August 2016 The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding. Arts Council England (ACE) announced this … Continue reading →

Government ‘could have saved £48 billion on social care’ with full funding of DFGs

11th August 2016 The government could have saved nearly £48 billion in social care costs over five years if it had funded all the work needed to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, according to a new user-led campaigning website. … Continue reading →

DPAC will use Paralympics to highlight austerity impact in week of action

11th August 2016 Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) … Continue reading →

Atos nurse struck off over PIP assessment lies

11th August 2016 A nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone. Amelia Victoria Bailey … Continue reading →

DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse

11th August 2016 John Pring DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say whether it has reviewed hundreds of “fitness for work” tests carried … Continue reading →

Access website’s inclusive solution after one man’s lifetime of photography

4th August 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland. … Continue reading →

Homeless ordeal of disabled man forced onto streets by hospital

4th August 2016 John Pring Disability News Service A disabled man was left to survive on the streets of London overnight after he was kicked out of hospital, and then forced by a council to beg for money to fund … Continue reading →

Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

4th August 2016 John Pring A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his … Continue reading →

Capita suspends assessor after disablist, racist Facebook posts

4th August 2016  John Pring Disability News Service A disability benefits assessor with extreme right-wing sympathies has been suspended by the government contractor Capita after she posted disablist, racist comments about social security claimants on her Facebook page. The posts … Continue reading →