PIP INVESTIGATION: Regulator receives ‘more than 1,600 complaints about assessors’

  By John Pring  Disability News Service 26th January 2017   A regulatory body has received more than 1,600 complaints in the last five years about nurses who have carried out benefits assessments for three private sector contractors, new figures … Continue reading →

PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses

By John Pring, Disability News Service. 26th January 2017   Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service … Continue reading →

Fresh evidence that DWP bars email communication from disabled claimants

By John Pring Disability News Service 19/01/2017 Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims that it allows disabled people with “valid reasons” … Continue reading →

Chancellor’s social care and WRAG omissions ‘show contempt for disabled people’

  By John Pring  Disability News service November 25th 2016   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance … Continue reading →

Debbie Jolly: a ‘force for good’ and a passionate social model advocate

  By John Pring Disability News Service November 17th 2016 Activists have paid tribute to Debbie Jolly, a central figure in the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, a passionate advocate of the social model, and a researcher-activist who “brilliantly” exploited links … Continue reading →

Green refuses three times to apologise to Scotland for harm of benefit reforms

By John Pring Disability News Service November 10th 2016   The work and pensions secretary Damian Green has refused three times to apologise or even acknowledge the distress and harm caused by his government’s welfare reforms and cuts, during an … Continue reading →

Coroner asked to explain failure to hold inquest into benefit sanctions death

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Lawyers for the sister of a disabled man who died after his benefits were sanctioned have asked a coroner to explain why there was no inquest into his death. Gill Thompson … Continue reading →

Activists welcome disability commissioner’s decision to leave EHRC

by John Pring Disability News Service 3rd November 2016 Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner not to seek a second four-year term. The decision of Lord [Chris] Holmes was only revealed after the Department … Continue reading →

Professors’ silence after DWP waters down their guidance on preventing WCA suicides

By John Pring Disability News Service October 28th 2016   A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that … Continue reading →

MSPs hear call for government to ‘speak out more forcefully’ on WCA deaths

    13th October 2016  By John Pring -Disability News Service A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the … Continue reading →

Tory conference: Mowat hides from heat over social care crisis

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   The Conservative party has refused to explain why ministers appear to have dodged any mention or discussion of the social care crisis at this week’s annual conference. Health secretary Jeremy … Continue reading →

Ministers know their WCA system is increasing suicide risk, says Ken Loach

By John Pring Disability News Service October 6th 2016   Government ministers know their “fitness for work” system is making disabled people’s health worse, and is increasing the risk of suicides, the award-winning film director Ken Loach has told Disability … Continue reading →

Statement on ending repeat work capability assessments for severe, lifelong conditions

  October 3rd 2016 Yesterday we received the announcement from Damien Green that reassessments were to cease, Black Triangle  unequivocally endorses our sister campaign DPAC’s Statement and we have ‘nothing to add or subtract to it’. DPAC Statement; “This morning … Continue reading →

Labour conference: Abrahams says party will scrap WCA… but not sanctions

    By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 A Labour government would replace the “discredited” fitness for work test with a new assessment but it would not scrap benefit sanctions, the party’s shadow work and pensions … Continue reading →

DWP issued guidance that made suicides more likely, then ‘lied’ to cover its tracks

By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 29th 2016 or removing regulations 29 and 35, and said that such a move would provide substantial savings. But the memo – drawn up before the 2015 election, and to be used … Continue reading →

‘Fit for work’ suicide man’s sister tried to take her own life after DWP ordeal

  By John Pring Disability News Service Thursday September 21st 2016   The sister of a man driven to suicide by the “fitness for work” system tried to take her own life after being “treated like a criminal” by the … Continue reading →

FoI reveals EHRC chair’s ‘conflict of interest’ over welfare reform inquiry

15th September 2016 John Pring http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ The equality watchdog’s new chair, who is set to lead an investigation into whether Tory welfare reforms breached disabled people’s human rights, worked for the government on key contracts at the heart of those reforms, … Continue reading →

Green’s new co-leader credits Independent Living Fund campaign

September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The new co-leader of the Green party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that he will make support for inclusive education a key focus of his new role. Jonathan Bartley was elected … Continue reading →

ILF closure cuts report produces instant results from Labour and Greens

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service Senior figures in the Labour and Green parties have pledged to introduce a national, free, needs-led system of support, after a report showed that the Independent Living Fund’s (ILF) closure resulted … Continue reading →

Benefit claimants die as DWP staff keep failing to follow suicide guidelines

  September 8th 2016 John Pring Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to consider an inquiry into its repeated failure to prevent the deaths of benefit claimants, despite the release of damning new information … Continue reading →