McDonnell promises DPAC ‘a seat at the heart of government’

15 September 2016 John Pring  http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ Disabled activists have been promised a seat “at the heart of government” if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as Labour leader and the party wins power at the next election. The pledge was made by … Continue reading →

FoI reveals EHRC chair’s ‘conflict of interest’ over welfare reform inquiry

15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ The equality watchdog’s new chair, who is set to lead an investigation into whether Tory welfare reforms breached disabled people’s human rights, worked for the government on key contracts at the heart of those reforms, … Continue reading →

COMING SOON ~ ‘CASH NOT CARE’… Mo Stewart

  August 28th 2016 By Mo Stewart “Stewart names names.  She shows where and how the policies originated.  She destroys all claims that they were based on solid research. And she vividly paints a clear picture of how disabled people … 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 →

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 →

Downgrading social care minister ‘is serious backward step’

The Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care. The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, … Continue reading →

EHRC earns cautious approval for response to Equality Act report

The equality watchdog has earned cautious approval for its response to recommendations made by a House of Lords committee that examined the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people. The committee concluded earlier this year that the government was … Continue reading →

“We have demolished the case for austerity” – Corbyn’s speech at leadership launch

This is the speech given by Jeremy Corbyn at UCL Institute of Education when he launched his bid for re-election as Labour leader today. I’m proud of what we have achieved in the last ten months. Labour is stronger … we … Continue reading →

Owen Smith challenged over disability record

One of the two prospective candidates to challenge UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused over his record on people with disabilities. Owen Smith, who is the UK Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, was the Shadow Work and … Continue reading →

What does Owen Smith believe?

The right of the PLP are faced with an impossible conundrum. On the one hand, many of them believe that only through being tougher than the Tories on welfare, or being seen to want to drastically reduce immigration, can they … Continue reading →

UN report raises ‘deep concerns’ about impact of austerity on disabled people

UN experts have expressed serious concerns about the impact of government austerity on the rights of disabled people and other disadvantaged groups. In a scathing report, the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights said it was “seriously concerned” … Continue reading →

Election leaves UN disability committee with 17 men and just one woman

Disabled activists are calling on the UN to take action after elections to the 18-strong committee that oversees the implementation of its disability rights convention left it with just a single female member alongside 17 men. The committee on the … Continue reading →

Tommy Sheppard: Let’s target open minds of the i-curious for whom the time just wasn’t right

By Tommy Shepard FOUR elections and a referendum: It’s been a helluva five years. With the new SNP Government now sworn in the party can at last move off a permanent war footing. It’s time to take stock, re-group and … Continue reading →

TUC Disabled Workers Conference: ‘Most disabled teachers face harassment’

  Four-fifths of disabled teachers face harassment and discrimination at the hands of head teachers and other senior managers, disabled union delegates have been told. Members of the TUC Disabled Workers Conference heard of the “growing evidence of increasing and … Continue reading →

Deidre Brock MP Tells Government Ministers Would Be Wise to Listen to Black Triangle Campaigners

  In a Debate after the Queens speech  Deidre Brock MP said the following at 8.58; https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-05-18/debates/16051856000002/DebateOnTheAddress#contribution-16051881000088 “Let me offer the Government some small ideas for improving their programme: some pointers with which to up their game. Instead of focusing … Continue reading →

Outrage over ‘horrifying’ and ‘miserable’ plans to scrap Human Rights Act

A string of user-led organisations have warned that the government’s “horrifying” plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British bill of rights will lead to a loss of vital legal protection for disabled people. Proposals … Continue reading →

Iain Duncan Smith Legacy

  Updated from: http://loopys-rollingwiththepunches.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/iain-duncan-smith-legacy.html   The following is a list of policies and damning court decisions and findings undertaken under the watch of Iain Duncan Smith (emphasis on those affecting disabled people): April 2011: LHA (Local Housing Allowance) is reduced to … Continue reading →

Loach film on shame of poverty in Britain moves Cannes to tears

‘I, Daniel Blake’ moved Cannes audiences to tears and is greeted with shouts of ‘BRAVO!’ Black Triangle Campaign is in the film’s credits for our work in advising Scottish scriptwriter Paul Laverty on the WCA and sanctions system which is … Continue reading →

COMMENT:Long-awaited peer reviews suggest ministers failed to act after deaths of ‘vulnerable’ claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Saturday 14th May 2016 After 21 months of smokescreens, excuses, obstruction and secrecy, work and pensions ministers have finally been forced to publish some of the conclusions reached by their own civil servants about … Continue reading →