Election forces MPs to abandon PIP inquiry, but evidence backs up dishonesty claims

By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of … Continue reading →

Boycott call after DWP wrongly claims DPOs helped devise punitive work scheme

  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017 Disabled activists have called on disability charities to boycott any further co-operation with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), after it wrongly claimed that disabled people’s organisations (DPO) had … Continue reading →

Government admits failing to record actions after benefit suicide inquiries

  By John Pring Disability News Service April 27th 2017   The government failed for more than three years to keep a record of what actions it took – if any – after carrying out secret reviews into the suicides … Continue reading →

Voting Tory in #GE17 is a vote to kill people like me, and you need to know why

By Blogger a Disabled Activist Fiona Robertson April 21st 2017 IT IS to their credit, and to our collective doom, that the Conservative Party are masters of controlling narrative.  Although, much of the groundwork was done during Tony Blair’s days … Continue reading →

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don’t vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

  Reblogged from Independant Journalist James Moore April 21st 2017 Scope, the charity for disabled people, tweeted an interesting number when the general election was announced. There are, it said, 13 million disabled people in Britain. Some 89 per cent have said … Continue reading →

Pushed to the Brink

By Ruth Hunt Morning Star Alice Kirby tells Ruth Hunt how DWP benefit assessment practices contribute to the deterioration of claimants’ mental health, causing an increase in suicidal feelings Of late, there have been great strides made regarding the understanding … Continue reading →

‘Shabby’ Labour fails again on disability rights, after abstaining on PIP cuts vote

  By John Pring Disability News Service 30th March 2017   The Labour party has been heavily criticised for again failing to defend disabled people from attacks on their rights, after its peers refused to vote against “discriminatory” cuts to … Continue reading →

DWP presentation on ESA plans ‘confirms worst fears’ about green paper

  By John Pring Disability News Service 30th March 2017   Ministers have been accused of ignoring a public consultation and ploughing ahead with plans that will make their “fitness for work” testing regime even more stressful and unfair for … Continue reading →

Safety and supervision ruling could mean PIP for many more claimants

  Tuesday 28th March 2017   A panel of upper tribunal judges has made a decision relating to safety and supervision that Benefits and Work believes could allow many claimants with conditions such as epilepsy, heart disease, dementia and mental … Continue reading →

‘Fitness for work’ test has led to deterioration in mental health, say researchers

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 Disabled activists have welcomed “timely” new research that concludes that the government’s “fitness for work” process has caused a deterioration in many people’s mental health which they have failed to recover … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Council probes ‘shockingly poor and dishonest’ assessments

By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017 A local authority is to hear evidence from up to a dozen disabled people later this month as part of an inquiry into serious concerns about the system of assessing eligibility … Continue reading →

DPOs join forces to brief UN on how UK has breached disability convention

  By John Pring Disability News Service March 16th 2017   Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have come together to tell a UN committee the different ways in which the UK government has been breaching the UN Convention on the Rights … Continue reading →

Scottish Government appeal for disabled people to join experience panels

Please see information below about two social security initiatives currently underway. We would appreciate your help and support to promote these widely to all those with an interest particularly with a view to encouraging local participation. Experience Panels At least … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Claimant group tell MPs of ‘systemic malpractice’ by assessors

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   A group of nine disabled people with the same rare neurological condition have written to MPs to warn of “systemic malpractice” by healthcare professionals who carry out benefit assessments and … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: MPs’ evidence session confirms concerns, but dodges dishonesty claims

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Nearly nine in 10 Citizens Advice offices have reported problems with the accuracy of personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports, MPs have been told. An urgent session of the … Continue reading →

Activists bring ‘no more benefit deaths’ message to Westminster

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Disabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against … Continue reading →

PIP cuts ‘will be debated and voted on’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017   Calls for government cuts to disability benefits to be reversed are likely to be debated separately – and voted on – by both Houses of Parliament later this month. … Continue reading →

Disabled peer says Mordaunt was ‘spinning like crazy’ over PIP cuts

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017 A disabled peer has accused the minister for disabled people of “spinning like crazy” in an attempt to defend the government’s latest cuts to benefits for people with mental health … Continue reading →

Maximus ‘admits’ using brutal and dangerous suicide questions

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th March 2017 One of the outsourcing giants paid to assess disabled people for their eligibility for benefits appears to have admitted that it is standard practice – approved by the government – to … Continue reading →

#BMJ #BritishMedicalJournal ‘#FirstDoNoHarm’: are #WCA #disabilityassessments associated with adverse trends in #MentalHealth? ~ assessments have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits – A longitudinal ecological study – B Barr1, D Taylor-Robinson1, D Stuckler2, R Loopstra2, A Reeves2, M Whitehead1 Author affiliations

Abstract Background In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist—the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that … Continue reading →