Welfare reform ‘will see £50 a week more cuts to 900,000 disabled people’

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 About 900,000 disabled people will see their weekly incomes fall by at least £50 a week by 2020, because of the continuing impact of the government’s welfare reforms, according to new research. … Continue reading →

Council’s review finds PIP ‘not fit for purpose’

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 The assessment process for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) disability benefit is “distressing, inconsistent and not fit for purpose”, according to the results of an inquiry by a panel of … Continue reading →

Prime minister ‘lies’ on benefits spending in response to UN ‘human catastrophe’ claims

John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 The prime minister has been accused of misleading parliament about spending on disability benefits, after trying to defend herself from accusations by a UN committee that her government had caused a “human … Continue reading →

Summit meeting will aim to bring movement together on independent living

By John Pring Disability News Service 14th September 2017 Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living. … Continue reading →

Jeremy Corbyn under fire from disability groups for letting Theresa May off hook over damning UN report

Photo Copyright National Scot By Roxanne Sorooshian September 13th 2017 DISABILITY rights campaigners have accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of wasting the opportunity to speak out about the UN’s condemnation of the “human catastrophe” created by Tory policies. They say that although they are … 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 →

  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 →

DWP rejects PIP claimant’s appeal… before she receives decision notice

By John Pring Disability News Service August 24th 2017 Fresh concerns have been raised about the integrity of the disability benefits system, after a disabled woman’s appeal against having her benefits removed was rejected before she was even told her … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

DWP breaks promise to stop harassing child abuse victim in run-up to trial

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has broken its promises not to harass a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial. … Continue reading →

‘My picture is proof that healthcare professionals lie in benefit assessments’

By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 A furious disability benefit claimant has produced what she says is the clearest evidence yet that healthcare professionals working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are writing dishonest assessment … Continue reading →

Stop the Universal Credit Juggernaut

By Bernadette Meaden -Ekklesia August 11th 2017 The word juggernaut comes from the huge vehicles used by Indian temples to transport statues of their gods. They were so difficult to control that they often crushed people in their path. It … 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 →

DWP ‘is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending’

    By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people’s benefit claims, to help it cut … Continue reading →

DPO plans court vigil as it intervenes in ‘hugely significant’ Care Act case

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2107 A disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has intervened in a “hugely significant” court of appeal hearing that is set to decide how far the government’s Care Act protects disabled people’s independent living … Continue reading →

Recordings prove PIP report ignored near-fatal attacks, overdoses and blackouts

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017   A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret … Continue reading →

Universal credit rules ‘could bar many disabled students from university’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   Many disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to … Continue reading →

People living with HIV ‘have been failed by PIP’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   People with HIV have been failed by the government’s new disability benefit, according to new research. The research by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) found that only three-fifths of … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: 200 cases of dishonesty… and still DWP, Atos and Capita refuse to act

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 The government and its private sector contractors are refusing to investigate claims of widespread dishonesty in the benefits assessment industry, despite Disability News Service (DNS) collecting more than 200 such cases. … Continue reading →

PA employers are facing probes into ‘sleep-in’ minimum wage back-pay

  By John  Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017   Disabled people who employ personal assistants (PAs) are being investigated by the government for failing to pay their PAs the minimum wage during overnight “sleep-in” shifts. HM Revenue and … Continue reading →