Disability News Service

Audio Recording Option Set To Be Introduced For All PIP Assessments, Says DWP

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally agreed that all disabled people being assessed for personal independence payment (PIP) will be able to have their face-to-face assessments recorded. The promise has come in a letter to the Right to Record action group, a disabled-led […]

Report Calls For ‘Radical And Ambitious’ Disability Strategy

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new report, based on the views of hundreds of disabled people and organisations, has called on the government to produce a national disability strategy that is “radical and ambitious”. The report by Disability Rights UK (PDF) follows a three-month engagement campaign aimed at discovering how disabled […]

Disabled People Highlight Scores Of Lockdown Concerns

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Disabled people have highlighted gaps in social security support, flaws in the shielding system and worries about access to vaccines, after they were asked to describe their concerns as England entered its third national coronavirus lockdown*. They raised scores of different issues, ranging from worries about the accessibility […]

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research. The research by disabled campaigner and access expert Doug Paulley shows that the accuracy […]

Government’s Quiet Confession: We Must Do More To Protect Disabled People From COVID

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The UK government appears to have bowed to months of pressure from disabled campaigners and allies, after quietly revealing that it is considering taking “further action” to protect disabled people from the pandemic. It comes alongside an admission that disabled people have been “disproportionately impacted” by COVID-19, […]

BBC Set For Month-Long Season To Mark 25th Anniversary Of Disability Discrimination Act

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. The BBC is to mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) next month with a series of dramas, documentaries, news packages and discussions. Among the month-long season will be a series of six 15-minute dramatic monologues, written, directed and performed by disabled people. […]

Governments ‘Overwhelmingly Failed’ To Protect Disability Rights During Pandemic

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Governments around the world – including the UK’s – have “overwhelmingly failed” to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the global pandemic, according to the results of a major international survey. This has had “dire consequences”, with thousands of avoidable and preventable deaths and other “serious […]

Pandemic Recession Likely To Have ‘Disproportionate’ Impact On Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The recession associated with the pandemic is likely to be having a disproportionate impact on disabled employees, just as it did in the last recession, according to academics. They have examined the impact on disabled people during the recession of 2007 to 2009, and believe it is […]

Councils Face Calls To Re-Think COVID Streetscape Changes

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  By TJM in Disability News Service.   Local authorities in England and Wales are facing calls to re-think the “streetscape” changes being made in response to COVID-19, amid concerns that the new street infrastructure is making parts of towns and cities inaccessible to many disabled people. Disabled people and their organisations have previously warned that many […]

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 […]

Disabled Peers Call On Government To Scrap Care Act Coronavirus Powers

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Two disabled peers have called on the health and social care secretary to scrap powers given to local authorities that allow them to suspend some of their social care duties during the coronavirus pandemic. Crossbench peers Baroness [Jane] Campbell and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson have written to […]

DWP Silent As It Stops Answering Questions From Disability News Service

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped answering questions from Disability News Service (DNS), and is refusing to explain why it has taken the “totally unacceptable” step. Since early July, DWP’s press office has failed to provide a meaningful response to questions submitted by […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Face Discrimination From COVID Traffic Schemes

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Councils and other public bodies across England are failing to consult disabled people before approving “discriminatory” measures designed to aid social distancing and encourage cyclists and pedestrians, say campaigners. They have warned that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act, and are making […]

Coronavirus: ‘Scandalous’ Silence Of Government’s Disability Unit As Thousands Die

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been accused of a “totally reprehensible failure” after its new Disability Unit failed to make a single announcement in more than three months, while more than 20,000 disabled people were dying from COVID-19. The unit was set up last year to “break down the […]

EHRC Failed To Consult Its Own Disabled Advisers Before Snubbing DWP Deaths Probe

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The equality watchdog failed to consult its own committee of disabled advisers before deciding not to investigate deaths of benefit claimants that have been linked to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It came as disabled activists and relatives of disabled people whose deaths have […]

Coronavirus: Peer Calls For An End To Use Of ‘Vulnerable’ To Describe Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A leading disabled campaigner and crossbench peer has called for an end to the use of the word “vulnerable” to describe disabled people. Baroness [Jane] Campbell said the term had been used repeatedly to describe disabled people during the “worst times” of the pandemic crisis. But she […]

Coronavirus: Government’s Failure To Offer Video PIP Appeals ‘Is Discrimination’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government’s continuing failure to allow benefit appeals to be heard via video conferencing is discriminating against disabled claimants, say welfare rights experts. Many disabled people are being forced to ask for their tribunals to be postponed, because they are only being offered a telephone hearing, […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Have Been Excluded And Marginalised, Says Report

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people have faced discrimination in every area of their lives from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, new research by a user-led organisation has found. The research by Inclusion London reveals that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting disabled people across every part of their lives. Disability News […]

Disabled People Forced To Fight For Right To Live Ordinary Lives, MPs Hear

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people are being forced to fight for their right to live ordinary lives because of the flawed and under-resourced social care system, MPs have been told by a disabled campaigner. Anna Severwright told members of the Commons health and social care committee on Tuesday that she and […]

Airport Faces Legal Action Over Wheelchair-User Twice Left ‘Distressed And Humiliated’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A wheelchair-user has launched a legal action against Manchester Airport after he was twice left feeling “distressed and humiliated” by how he was treated on journeys to and from a family holiday. Quamer Khaliq, from Ashton-under-Lyne, had to threaten to call the fire brigade after he was […]

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

Minister Criticised By Government ‘Disability Champion’ Over Third Access Exemption

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been criticised by one of its own “disability champions” after it granted the transport industry its third temporary exemption from access laws, so it could continue to use inaccessible vehicles for rail replacement services. In December, it emerged that the government was allowing the […]

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