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 →

University apologises after asking social model critic to deliver first ‘Finkelstein lecture’

By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 A university has been forced to remove the name of a pioneer of the disabled people’s movement from an annual series of lectures, after it invited a leading critic of his … Continue reading →

‘Shocking’ case of disabled woman trapped in care home that wants to evict her

  By John Pring Disability News Service 9th November 2017 A young disabled woman has been unable to leave a residential home for nearly three weeks because its managers are trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and … Continue reading →

A Senior Judge Has Suggested Charging The Government For Every “No-Brainer” Benefits Case It Loses In Court

By Emily Dugan https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilydugan/most-dwp-benefits-cases-which-reach-court-are-based-on-bad?utm_term=.vdNwjXxjE6&ref=mobile_share#.rlzN1aX1Ar Britain’s most senior tribunal judge says most of the benefits cases that reach court are based on bad decisions where the Department for Work and Pensions has no case at all. Sir Ernest Ryder, senior president … 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 →

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 →

10 Downing Street wins access award… despite steps to iconic front door

  By John Pring Disability News Service 2nd November 2017 A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile … Continue reading →

PIP investigation: Hundreds give evidence of assessment failings to MPs

  By John Pring Disability News Service  2nd November 2017   Scores of disabled people and welfare advisers have told a Commons inquiry that disability benefit assessment reports completed on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions are filled … 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 →

Sir Bert Massie: Tributes to ‘a life committed to disabled people’s liberation’

By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017 Tributes have been paid to Sir Bert Massie, the chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who made a “fundamental” contribution to disabled people’s liberation, and who … Continue reading →

Advisor says 30 local claimants with terminal cancer had PIP rejections overturned

  By John Pring Disability News Service October 19th 2017   A welfare rights advisor has described how at least 30 local benefit claimants with terminal cancer have had their claims rejected in the last year, with every one of … 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 →

Preying On The Weak And Vulnerable

  Reblogged from Morning Star The government is acting like an abusive partner with claimants, whom it can beat at will, and claimants are too scared to be able to do anything to escape due to their chronic ill health … Continue reading →

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

By John  Pring Disability News Service 12th October 2017 Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” … 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 →