DWP ‘Performs Partial U-turn’ Over DNS ‘Ban’ After Criticism From Campaigners

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have performed a partial U-turn after disabled campaigners reacted angrily to an apparent ban on media requests from Disability News Service (DNS).

Last week, DNS reported how DWP’s press office had failed to provide a meaningful response to questions submitted by DNS on 10 consecutive news stories.

The stories covered issues including the deaths of benefit claimants, the failure of minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson to engage with disabled people’s organisations, and the silence of the government’s Disability Unit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following DNS’s report, disabled activists and Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people have raised concerns about DWP’s actions.

 

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