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 →

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 →

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: Vote means party must rethink approach to social security cuts

By John Pring Disability News Service September 2017 A shadow cabinet member has supported calls by party members for Labour to come up with a stronger policy on reversing government cuts to social security spending. Debbie Abrahams spoke out after … 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: Benefit assessment nurses must be held to account, says Abrahams

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has called for nurses and other healthcare professionals who write misleading benefit assessment reports to be “held to account”. Debbie Abrahams said there had been … 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 →

Disabled woman forced to quit job by ‘Disability Confident’ government

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A disabled woman has been forced to quit her job because two “Disability Confident” government organisations refused to allow her to use one of the parking spaces close to the offices … Continue reading →

Disabled MP credits mainstream education for new parliamentary career

Image DNS By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has said that she would never have been elected to parliament if her mother had not fought for her right to a mainstream education. Marsha … Continue reading →

Shock after inquest ignores ‘fitness for work’ and jobcentre concerns

By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017 A coroner has declined to explain why he failed to take evidence on the apparent links between the government’s “fitness for work” test and the death of a disabled north London … Continue reading →

Queen’s speech: Government appears to dump Mordaunt’s WCA election promise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017   A Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new … Continue reading →

UK General Election: Why disabled people oppose the Tories ~ And need your help

Video: A woman with learning difficulties has accosted Theresa May while the prime minister was on a walkabout in an Oxfordshire market. ‘UK General Election: Why disabled people oppose the Tories’ By Linda Burnip DPAC in New Internationalist Thursday 1st … Continue reading →

#GE2017 “I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government” ~ Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP) Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon

Dr Philippa Whitford spends parliamentary recess performing surgery in Palestine

“I cannot believe that so many people across the UK are planning to vote for such a hard, uncaring Tory Government – and that so many others will simply stand back and not vote at all” ~ Surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford MP (SNP)

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Lower benefit cap sees income slashed for more than 10,000 disabled people

By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 More than 10,000 disabled people have had their benefits slashed in just one month, after the government introduced a new, lower cap on the total benefits that any non-working household can … Continue reading →

Scrapping EHRC disability commissioner role ‘risks sidelining disability’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017 The “rash” decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will make it harder for the watchdog to stand up to attacks … Continue reading →

General Election 2017: Tory mental health plans greeted with accusations of ‘hypocrisy’

  By John Pring Disability News Service May 11th 2017   Two user-led groups have accused the Conservative party of “hypocrisy” after it promised to end the “burning injustices” facing mental health service-users. Both groups pointed out that Conservative social … Continue reading →

Billions of pounds of PIP cuts ‘will put lives at risk’

  By John Pring   Disability News Service    2nd March  2017 The announcement of billions of pounds of cuts to the government’s new disability benefit is a discriminatory attack on people with mental health problems, will push many of … Continue reading →