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 →

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 →

Concerns over council’s post-18 support after ombudsman ruling

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 A local authority is facing claims that it is breaching the rights of disabled teenagers by denying them the support they need as they prepare for the transition to adulthood. The claims … Continue reading →

DRUK’s new boss pledges better links with other DPOs and grassroots groups

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 The new boss of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has pledged to do more to involve young disabled people in the organisation’s work, and improve its relationships with other disabled people’s organisations … Continue reading →

DPAC set for week of protests over social care, Atos and access to transport

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 Disabled activists are set to lobby MPs this week on the urgency of the social care crisis, as part of a week of action that will take place across the country, … Continue reading →

Foodbank study suggests disability benefits should rise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 The authors of a major new study have called on the government to launch an inquiry into whether disability benefit payments should be increased, after finding more than half of … Continue reading →

PIP reassessments cause more than half DLA claimants to lose Motability rights

    By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 More than half of those disabled people previously eligible for the Motability vehicle scheme have lost that eligibility after being reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit, according to … 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 →

Crossbench disabled peer calls for an end to austerity, and the misery it has caused

  By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused. Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s … Continue reading →

UN confirms that UK government’s treaty violations were both grave AND systematic

B y John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 The United Nations (UN) committee that found the UK government guilty of violating the UN disability convention has revealed for the first time that its breaches of the human rights … Continue reading →

Shock after inquest ignores ‘fitness for work’ and jobcentre concerns

By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017 A coroner has declined to explain why he failed to take evidence on the apparent links between the government’s “fitness for work” test and the death of a disabled north London … Continue reading →

Queen’s speech: Government appears to dump Mordaunt’s WCA election promise

  By John Pring Disability News Service 22nd June 2017   A Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new … Continue reading →