National DPOs forced to withdraw report sent to UN over benefit deaths evidence

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 Three national disabled people’s organisations have withdrawn a report they submitted to the United Nations, after admitting that it failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Regulator refuses to act over Capita assessment report ‘lies’

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 A healthcare regulator has decided that a notorious benefits assessor will not face any disciplinary action over allegations of dishonesty, even though his former employer admitted that he lied in an … Continue reading →

Mother of ‘fit for work’ victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017   The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal … Continue reading →

Green Party calls on government to launch benefit deaths inquiry

By John  Pring Disability News Service 9th February 2017 The Green Party has written to work and pensions secretary Damian Green to demand an independent inquiry into benefit claimants whose deaths have been linked to the failings of his department. … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Welfare expert says two-thirds of appeals involve lying assessors

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: MPs to consider assessment dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017 An influential committee of MPs is to examine claims of widespread dishonesty by healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of disability benefit claimants. Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) … Continue reading →

‘Immoral’ Capita offered £200 bonuses to social workers to slash care packages

By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd February 2017   The outsourcing company Capita offered freelance social workers financial bonuses – and put them up in luxury hotels – to encourage them to help a local authority cut disabled and … Continue reading →

DWP report confirms fears over impact of ILF closure

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in England experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and an “adverse” impact on their physical and mental health … Continue reading →

MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

        By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of … Continue reading →

Coroner orders inquest into ‘fit for work’ man who collapsed after leaving jobcentre

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017   About 100 activists and their allies have taken part in a protest and vigil to mark the death of a disabled man who died minutes after leaving a jobcentre… six … Continue reading →

Cuts to support killed my neighbours,’ MPs are told

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 A disabled campaigner has told MPs that he believes cuts to support have contributed to a quarter of his neighbours in the sheltered housing development where he lives dying in just … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Politicians call for action over ‘widespread dishonesty by assessors’

By John Pring Disability News Service 26th January 2017 Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Regulator receives ‘more than 1,600 complaints about assessors’

  By John Pring  Disability News Service 26th January 2017   A regulatory body has received more than 1,600 complaints in the last five years about nurses who have carried out benefits assessments for three private sector contractors, new figures … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses

By John Pring, Disability News Service. 26th January 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Solicitor general appeals sentences on ‘disability hate crime’ murder

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017   The solicitor general has agreed to appeal the allegedly “unduly lenient” sentences handed down to three people jailed for offences connected with the murder of a disabled man who was imprisoned … Continue reading →

Fresh evidence that DWP bars email communication from disabled claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims that it allows disabled people with “valid reasons” … Continue reading →

Sayce announces retirement, as ‘she is shortlisted’ for EHRC appointment

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017   The chief executive of the UK’s most prominent national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced that she is to retire from her post. Liz Sayce has headed Disability Rights UK (DR … Continue reading →

Government denies missing stats would expose failure of disability strategy

  By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 The government has failed to provide annual figures that could have exposed the failure of its much-criticised disability strategy. The last time the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) provided an update for … Continue reading →

May’s mental health speech ‘is smokescreen to hide damage of welfare reform’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 12th January 2017 The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her … Continue reading →

It’s official: Ministers have abandoned their disability employment gap target

By John Pring Disability News Service November 25th 2016 A Labour MP has proved that the government has abandoned a target it set to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. The promise, included in last year’s general election manifesto, … Continue reading →