Mind faces boycott call after policy and campaigns manager joins DWP

  October13th 2016. By John Pring – Disability News Service   Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the mental health charity Mind, and called on its chief executive to quit, after one of its managers agreed to spend … Continue reading →

MSPs hear call for government to ‘speak out more forcefully’ on WCA deaths

    13th October 2016  By John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the … Continue reading →

DPAC highlights ‘shame’ of access barriers, despite millions spent on renovation

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Disabled activists have highlighted the “shameful” access barriers they face on a daily basis, in a series of protests in Birmingham timed to coincide with the city hosting the … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Mowat hides from heat over social care crisis

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   The Conservative party has refused to explain why ministers appear to have dodged any mention or discussion of the social care crisis at this week’s annual conference. Health secretary Jeremy … Continue reading →

Ministers know their WCA system is increasing suicide risk, says Ken Loach

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Government ministers know their “fitness for work” system is making disabled people’s health worse, and is increasing the risk of suicides, the award-winning film director Ken Loach has told Disability … Continue reading →

Tory conference: PIP claimants will not be spared retests, DWP admits

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016 The government has confirmed that sick and disabled people who will soon be spared reassessments for out-of-work benefits will still face repeated testing for personal independence payment (PIP). Work and pensions … Continue reading →

Duncan Smith tells DNS: ‘I’m not going to be accused by you’ over mental health deaths

By John Pring  Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Iain Duncan Smith has denied responsibility for the deaths of people with mental health conditions who took their own lives after being unfairly found fit for work by the Department … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Party ‘must do more on rights and inclusion’

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 of its content was ignored by the conference. Among its pledges, Corbyn’s manifesto commits to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Abrahams says party will scrap WCA… but not sanctions

    By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 A Labour government would replace the “discredited” fitness for work test with a new assessment but it would not scrap benefit sanctions, the party’s shadow work and pensions … Continue reading →

DWP issued guidance that made suicides more likely, then ‘lied’ to cover its tracks

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 or removing regulations 29 and 35, and said that such a move would provide substantial savings. But the memo – drawn up before the 2015 election, and to be used … Continue reading →

‘Fit for work’ suicide man’s sister tried to take her own life after DWP ordeal

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 21st 2016   The sister of a man driven to suicide by the “fitness for work” system tried to take her own life after being “treated like a criminal” by the … Continue reading →

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 →