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 →

Defend the Right to be Accompanied at Job Centre Interviews

    October 3rd 2016   Black Triangle supports our comrades and will be raising this issue at Social Security Committee on the 6th. It is an outrage that claimants are being denied access to support.   Reblogged http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2016/10/02/defend-the-right-to-be-accompanied-at-job-centre-interviews/   On … 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 →

Two Apparent Irregularities Involving UNUM, ATOS, And DWP

  September 17th  By George Berger for  DPAC http://dpac.uk.net/2016/09/two-apparent-irregularities-involving-unum-atos-and-dwp/ Debbie Jolly, Jonathan Rutherford, and Mo Stewart have discussed the influence of UNUM on the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) [1]. Here I study relations of UNUM to DWP and ATOS that … Continue reading →

Minister ‘misled peers’ over EHRC’s request to run equality helpline

15th September 2016  John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/   A minister is facing accusations that she misled the House of Lords over the government’s “devastating” decision to allow a security firm with “an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement” to run the … Continue reading →

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 →