New minister for disabled people criticised by her local DPO over voting record

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th November 2017 The new minister for disabled people is facing criticism over her voting record on disability issues from a user-led organisation that provides support in her own constituency. The Cornish MP Sarah … Continue reading →

Disabled woman takes DWP minister to court over PIP mental health changes

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th November 2017 A disabled woman is taking work and pensions secretary David Gauke to court over “unfair and discriminatory” changes that were made to a disability benefit. There was widespread anger earlier this … Continue reading →

Research linking care cuts to 120,000 deaths ‘is fresh evidence austerity kills’

By John Pring Disability News Service 16th November 2017 “Indisputable” new research has linked government cuts in adult social care and health spending to nearly 120,000 “excess” deaths in England since 2010. The research, published just before midnight last night … Continue reading →

Concern over government’s four-year delay on PIP ‘safety’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 Campaigners have asked why it took the government four years – and a tribunal judgement – to ensure that eligibility for a disability benefit takes proper account of whether a … Continue reading →

Council faces legal action after slashing woman’s post-ILF care without telling her

  By John Pring Disability News Service  9th November 2017 A local authority is facing legal action after a “deeply concerning” decision to slash a disabled woman’s care package before it had completed an assessment of her care needs. Hounslow … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘will go into government alongside Labour’, says McDonnell

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 Disabled people and their organisations will “determine” and “implement” the disability policies of the next Labour government, the shadow chancellor has promised a national conference. John McDonnell told the National … Continue reading →

Scottish Governments Final Report on the Impact of Welfare Cuts

The shocking rise of childhood poverty(UK data), with all its associated harms, which will take us back 20 years. From 27.1% in 2015/16 to 31.6% in 2020/21.   The rise in income inequality across society, particularly hitting vulnerable groups such … Continue reading →

‘Caution’ urged over government’s supported housing U-turn

By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd November 2017 Long-term supported housing will continue to be funded through the social security system, the government has announced, while it has also scrapped plans to cap housing benefit payments, which caused huge … Continue reading →

Local NHS is blackmailing service-users into accepting unsafe care, MPs hear

      By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd November 2017 People with complex healthcare needs are being “blackmailed” by their local NHS bodies into accepting unsafe levels of care in their own homes, a committee of MPs has … Continue reading →

Second year of huge rises in disability hate crime, but causes still unclear

  By John Pring Disability News Service  October 19th 2017   The number of disability hate crimes recorded by the police rose by more than 50 per cent last year, according to new figures released by the Home Office. The … Continue reading →

I work for the DWP as a universal credit case manager – and what I’ve seen is shocking

Reblogged From Independant Newspaper  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/universal-credit-dwp-worker-case-manager-benefits-system-government-food-banks-a7998196.html I see so much suffering on a daily basis. Case managers like me are well-trained to deal with any claimants threatening suicide, simply because it’s become such a frequent occurrence I work with many compassionate and thoughtful employees, … 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 →

UN demands annual UK progress report on correcting ‘grave and systematic violations’

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 A UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

Fears have been expressed that the growing number of people being reported missing across Tayside could be linked to money worries.

Reblogged Article by Adam Hill Sept 7th 2017 New figures released by Police Scotland show a huge rise in people being recorded as missing across the region compared with last year. In the first quarter of this year (2017/18), more … Continue reading →

Activists plan day-long musical tribute to ‘radical and brilliant’ Robert Dellar

By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017   Mental health service-users are planning a day-long musical celebration of the life of one of the survivor movement’s best-known – and best-loved – activists. The 12-hour gig at a venue … Continue reading →

BBC bids to ‘shine a light’ on disabled performers

  By John Pring Disability News Service  August 10th 2017 Disabled actors have welcomed a new BBC scheme that aims to “shine a light” on experienced disabled performers, and discover and develop up-and-coming talent. The Class Act development programme will … Continue reading →

Labour MP to push for action on widespread claims of PIP assessment lies

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 A Labour MP is to push for a Commons debate on evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who assess disabled people for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP). Disability … Continue reading →

Purple boss raises concerns over Disability Confident accreditation

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 New concerns have been raised about the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, after a leading disabled social entrepreneur said that some businesses could be finding it easier than intended to secure … Continue reading →

Government’s UN response ‘exposes failings on disability convention’

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 The government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings. … Continue reading →