DPAC will use Paralympics to highlight austerity impact in week of action

11th August 2016 Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) … Continue reading →

Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

4th August 2016 John Pring A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his … Continue reading →

Campaigners Call for Boycott Of Workfare Slave Labourers

Campaigners are calling for people to boycott workfare users this week after  a long court battle to get those taking part in using cheap workfare named and shamed to be released . See the list below and say ‘NO’ to … Continue reading →

Drop in Access to Work numbers shows DWP ‘is strangling the scheme’

The government is facing calls for a “fundamental rethink” of its approach to Access to Work (AtW), after new figures showed the number of disabled people receiving support through the employment scheme fell last year. At its peak, in 2009-10, … Continue reading →

Delayed UN examination of UK government ‘will take place next year’

Disabled people’s organisations and grassroots groups are set to call on disabled people across England to provide the evidence they need to prepare a “hard-hitting” report on the government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention. The Reclaiming Our Futures … Continue reading →

Disability employment gap: Experts demolish government excuses for WRAG cut

      A trio of experts have destroyed government claims that cutting out-of-work benefits for disabled people will help them find work. They were giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions select committee, as part of its inquiry … Continue reading →

UN report raises ‘deep concerns’ about impact of austerity on disabled people

UN experts have expressed serious concerns about the impact of government austerity on the rights of disabled people and other disadvantaged groups. In a scathing report, the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights said it was “seriously concerned” … Continue reading →

Relief after doctors maintain strong opposition to assisted suicide

Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of doctors to vote strongly against relaxing their union’s position on physician-assisted suicide. The British Medical Association (BMA) voted by 63 per cent to 37 per cent this week at its annual representative meeting … Continue reading →

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

          Only about seven in 10 disabled people who were previously claiming disability living allowance (DLA) are being found eligible for the government’s new disability benefit, official figures have revealed. The Department for Work and Pensions … Continue reading →

Tomlinson faces call to resign over PIP harassment of child abuse survivor

  A minister has been urged to resign, after he threatened a traumatised child abuse survivor – who is waiting to give evidence about the abuse in court – that his benefits would be stopped if he failed to co-operate … Continue reading →

First figures on ESA mandatory reconsideration ‘show it is just a delaying tactic’

Official figures suggest that a new appeal stage introduced for unsuccessful claimants has been little more than a delaying tactic aimed at reducing the number of disabled people claiming benefits, say campaigners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has … Continue reading →

Ministers ‘breach FoI laws’ by delaying release of fresh benefit deaths reviews

Ministers are delaying the release of nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, even though civil servants apparently prepared them for release three weeks ago under freedom of information laws. A response to a request to release redacted … Continue reading →

Report finds support for efforts to find a social model of mental distress

Most mental health service-users are still deeply divided about identifying with the social model of disability, but still favour moving away from the medicalised attitude of professionals and towards a more “social” approach, according to a new report. The user-led … Continue reading →

TUC Disabled Workers Conference: PIP U-turn ‘could be turning-point’ in fightback

Union delegates say the government’s decision to reverse planned cuts to its new disability benefit could be a turning-point in the fightback against its repeated attacks on disabled people. The TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London voted in favour of … Continue reading →

Benefit Deaths: North East England Man Puts in Complaint to Northumbria Police

While the appropriate offence would be Misconduct in Public Office we would like share with you the following complaint to Northumbria Police by Mr. Oliver Swingler of Newcastle. Deaths of Benefit Claimants  Posted Sunday 22nd May 2016 12.48pm For the Attention … Continue reading →

PIP system crashes again… twice… but DWP still blames ‘technical glitches’

The computer system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a week, just days after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted it was “working as it should”. On both occasions, last Wednesday (11 … Continue reading →

Ministers refuse to say if they implemented 10 measures to save lives

Ministers have refused to say if they implemented 10 measures – recommended by their own civil servants – that would have made it less likely that “vulnerable” benefit claimants would lose their lives. The 10 recommendations were taken from some … Continue reading →

Suicides of benefit claimants reveal DWP flaws, says inquiry

By Patrick Butler and John Pring ‘Peer reviews’ challenge claims by ministers that there is no connection between welfare reform policies and deaths of vulnerable claimants A series of secret internal inquiries into the deaths of people claiming social security … Continue reading →

Isaac takes EHRC chair, despite concerns over DWP ‘outsourcing’ work

The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments. David Isaac … Continue reading →

Apprenticeship taskforce welcomed, despite concerns over membership

Disabled campaigners are hoping a new government taskforce will lead to apprenticeships becoming more accessible to disabled people, despite concerns over who ministers will invite to take part. Three government departments announced this week that they have set up the … Continue reading →