Disability News Service

Ministers Push Ahead With Single Face-To-Face Assessments For Disability Benefits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to offer a single face-to-face assessment – with the agreement of the claimant – that would […]

Legal Firm Hands Out Cameras To Help Disabled Passengers Prove Discrimination

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people who experience repeated discrimination on public transport are being offered a camera to record video evidence for possible legal cases. Legal firm Fry Law, which specialises in disability discrimination cases, is hoping some of the evidence produced can then be used to bring cases […]

MPs Call For Overdue Government Action To Ban Pavement Parking

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.     A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations. The Commons transport committee says in a new report that pavement parking […]

DWP Admits It Has No Idea How Many Of Its Disability Champions Are Disabled People

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that it has no idea how many of its 19 “disability champions” are disabled people. The disability sector champions – covering areas such as banking, gaming, arts and culture, media, music and retail – are supposed to drive […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

Theresa May’s Disability Announcements ‘Are Just Cynical Leftovers’

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people’s organisations have reacted with suspicion and some hostility to the outgoing prime minister’s attempt to shore up her “legacy” with a series of disability-related announcements. Although some of the measures announced by Theresa May (pictured) were welcomed, many user-led organisations questioned why she had left […]

User-Led Advice Centre Set To Close Its Doors After NHS Funding Blow

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled people’s organisation is set to have to close the doors of its advice centre, which has provided vital support with benefit claims to thousands of disabled people, after nearly all its funding was suddenly withdrawn by a local NHS body. Possability People has been running […]

Airline Forced To Apologise After Charging Woman For Carer’s Seat Reservation

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   An airline has been forced to apologise to a disabled woman after it charged her extra to reserve a seat next to her for her carer, and then refused to refund the charge. Helen Jenkins had informed Flybe when she was booking her return flights […]

‘Angel’ Investor Seeks Entrepreneurs To Transform Life For Disabled People

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      By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled entrepreneurs with technology-based business ideas that could transform life for other disabled people have a chance to secure up to £100,000 of funding through an “angel” investment programme. Entrepreneur and investor Rohan Silva, a former senior policy adviser to Conservative prime minister David Cameron, […]

Some Claims That London 2012 Changed The World Are Nonsense, Says Disabled Peer

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled […]

Newton Forced To Apologise After Misleading MPs In WOW Debate

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people has been forced to apologise to MPs after Disability News Service (DNS) caught her misleading MPs about support for disabled people for the fourth time in less than a year. The misleading comments by Sarah Newton about disability poverty came in […]

Government Is Failing On Disabled Women’s Rights, UN Is Told

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Activists have told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were […]

DWP Refuses To Reveal Police Forces That Share Information On Disabled Protesters

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say which police forces have passed it video footage and other information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking and anti-austerity protests. DWP’s attempt to hide its links with police forces has caused […]

Double Legal Victory For Access Campaigner Over Underground Discrimination

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. A court has found that London Underground twice discriminated against a disabled campaigner by failing to warn him that vital lifts that would allow him to complete his journey on the capital’s tube network were out-of-order. Doug Paulley found himself stranded and confronted with inaccurate and incomplete […]

Company Praised For ‘First Accessible Parking Bay For Charging Electric Vehicles’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Campaigners have welcomed the decision to install what is believed to be the country’s first accessible parking bay for disabled people who need to recharge their electric vehicles. Only holders of blue parking badges who also need to recharge their electric vehicles will be allowed to […]

Nine Journeys In One Day Expose ‘Sham’ Of National Express ‘Accessible’ Coaches

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner who took nine journeys on the same day to check the accessibility of the services provided by the UK’s largest coach operator experienced signifcant problems on all but one of them. Wheelchair-user Doug Paulley had booked assistance in advance for services between Leeds and Bradford […]

Rudd Has Not Delayed Roll Out Of Universal Credit, DWP Confirms

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The roll out of the government’s much-criticised universal credit benefit system has not been delayed and will proceed as planned, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Reports at the weekend suggested that new work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd had decided on a […]

UN Day Of Disabled People: Government Could Face Court Over Universal Credit

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government could be forced into court to defend its failure to make the much-criticised universal credit benefit system accessible to disabled people. A parliamentary meeting held to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on Monday – and to call for universal credit […]

Care Charges Are Driving Disabled People Into Debt, Says Report

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Charging disabled people for their care and support is driving many of them into debt and forcing them to cut their spending on food or heating, according to new research by a network of disabled people’s organisations and their allies. The study by the Independent Living Strategy Group […]

DWP Ignores Concerns From Disabled People Who Shun Activity Over Benefit Fraud Fears

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to offer a solution to disabled people who say they are fearful of taking more exercise in case they have their support cut or are branded benefit cheats. A new report by the disability sports organisation Activity […]

Watchdogs’ Concern Over Government Refusal To Act On UN Rights Reports

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Four equality and human rights watchdogs have heavily criticised the government for its failure to address the serious concerns raised in a “damning” UN report on the rights of disabled people across the UK. A year on from the report by the UN’s committee on the rights […]

Minister Snubs DPOs – And ‘Breaches UN Convention’ – By Refusing Meeting

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people is refusing to meet a coalition of disabled people’s organisations, in an apparent breach of the UN disability convention. The coalition wrote to Sarah Newton yesterday (Wednesday) to express its “deep disappointment and concern” about her refusal to meet them to discuss […]

Disability Charity’s Appointment Of Unum Boss As New Chair ‘Is Truly Disgraceful’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”. United Response, which provides a range of support […]

DWP Figures Provide Fresh Evidence To Explain PIP Claim Rejections

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   New figures show that Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants are questioning only a tiny proportion of the benefit assessment reports written by discredited government contractors Atos and Capita. Campaigners have been trying for months to secure evidence that would explain why such a […]

DWP Refuses To Pay £125 To Discover Number Of Disabled People In Full-Time Jobs

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers are refusing to commission work that would cost just £125 and would show how many disabled people are in full-time paid employment, and how that number has changed under successive Tory-led governments. Ministers, including the current work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, have repeatedly boasted of […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way […]

MPs Raise Concerns With McVey Over ‘Stress And Poverty’ Caused By WRAG Cuts

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits. Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey (pictured) more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly […]

Atos Nurse Continues PIP Assessment While Claimant Has ‘Grand Mal’ Epilepsy Seizures

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A nurse carrying out a disability benefit assessment fired questions at a disabled man’s wife while her husband was in the middle of a severe and prolonged series of epileptic seizures just a few feet away. Daniel Marshall, from Dorset, had only been able to answer […]

Disabled Peer Quits Equality Watchdog Over ‘Shameful Downgrading Of Disability’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board member of the equality watchdog over a government minister’s “collusion” with the decision not to appoint him as a disability commissioner. Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin made the announcement in a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday, […]

Advisor Says 30 Local Claimants With Terminal Cancer Had PIP Rejections Overturned

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   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 the decisions later overturned by an appeal tribunal. In every case, the claimant has been terminally-ill […]

PIP Investigation: Welfare Expert Says Two-Thirds Of Appeals Involve Lying Assessors

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment reports. Last week, the two-month investigation revealed how assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita […]

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