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 →

Summit hears calls on direct action, assessment boycotts and hate crime

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 A new handbook on direct action, a national day of action on inclusive education, and a call for healthcare professionals to boycott disability benefit assessments were among campaign ideas suggested by … 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 →

UK wants to promote its disability policies to rest of the world, says Mordaunt

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   The minister for disabled people has dismissed a damning UN report on her government’s disability rights record, arguing that the rest of the world should instead be learning from … Continue reading →

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 →

SNP hears ‘justice for the dead’ demand as it backs call to implement UN report

By John Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 The SNP’s annual conference has unanimously called on the UK government to implement the findings of a UN committee of disability rights experts, after a disabled activist demanded “justice for the … 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 →

Tory conference: Gauke admits sanctions can harm mental health claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service Oct 5th 2017 Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has admitted that the system of benefit sanctions often fails to work and can instead cause harm to claimants, particularly those with mental health conditions. … 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 →

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 →

  By Steven Naysmith  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15508062.UK_Government_cuts_driving_disabled_people_into_poverty__key_UN_committee_says/ Reblogged DISABLED people are dying as a result of austerity measures and discrimination, campaigners have claimed, after the UK Government was sharply criticised by a United Nations watchdog committee. Equal Lives chief executive Mark Harrison said: “In … Continue reading →

Senior civil servant admits draft industrial strategy failed on disability

By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other … Continue reading →

McDonnell calls for disabled-led solution to care crisis, as DPAC occupies parliament

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service … 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 →

Years of austerity have left personal assistance in ‘very fragile state’

By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017   The concept of personal assistance has been severely damaged by years of austerity and policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living, leading figures in the … Continue reading →

New disabled MPs back fresh call to reopen access fund

Image Courtesy of Mirror   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 The two newest disabled MPs in the House of Commons have backed a call for the government to reopen a fund that helped politicians meet the … Continue reading →

New disabled MP accuses government of ‘eugenics’

Picture Courtesy of Guardian   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has accused the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”. Labour’s … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘have too little awareness of rights’ in lead-up to Brexit

By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017   A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit. … Continue reading →