Disability Benefits

Ministers Could Merge Disability Benefits And Want To Cut Future Spending, Says Green Paper

By John Pring in Disability News Service. Ministers are considering measures to cut rising spending on disability benefits, and the possibility of merging personal independence payment with universal credit, a new government green paper has revealed. The health and disability green paper, Shaping Future Support, focuses on reforming personal independence payment (PIP), employment and support allowance […]

Disabled Councillors Blocked From Accessibility Vote — Because They Are Disabled

By Jasmine Andersson in iNews. A council ballot turned sour when two councillors were blocked from voting in an accessibility debate — because they are disabled. Councillors Katie Lomas and Ashley Mason were told by York City Council they had “a prejudicial interest” in vote on improving accessibility in the town centre because they are Blue Badge holders. […]

Life With ME On The Dutch Benefits Hamster Wheel

By Rob O’Brien. Two years ago, my Dutch father-in-law dropped a casual reference to the British award-winning film I, Daniel Blake after hearing about our latest round with the Dutch government over sick pay benefits. “It sounds a lot like that British film where he gets trapped in the system,” he said. I thought about this when […]

DWP Lied About Duty To Keep Benefit Claimants Safe, Document Suggests

By John Pring in Disability News. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lied when it claimed that it had no “duty of care” to protect disabled benefit claimants, new evidence suggests. Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has repeatedly told MPs that her department does not have a legal duty to “safeguard” its claimants, […]

Watchdog Warns Social Care Is At ‘Crisis Point’ And Calls For Legal Right To Independent Living

By John Pring in Disability News Service. The equality and human rights watchdog has warned that social care is at “crisis point” and has called on the government to introduce a legal right to independent living, just 24 hours after Boris Johnson failed again to honour his promise to fix the system. The Equality and […]

I Was Reported To DWP And It Broke Me

  By Kate Stanforth in WheelAir. Kate Stanforth shares her story, from being an active young girl, to developing a chronic illness and navigating ESA, DWP and public opinion. I’m going to open this by saying that this is the most honest blog I have ever written. It’s on a subject that I know lots […]

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

  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 […]

Disabled People Highlight Scores Of Lockdown Concerns

  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 […]

DWP Silent As It Stops Answering Questions From Disability News Service

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

  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 Benefit Claimants Tell MPs How Crisis Has Hit Them Hard

    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people have told MPs how they have been hit particularly hard by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the benefits system. The Commons work and pensions committee carried out a survey of benefit claimants as part of an inquiry into the response of the Department […]

Benefit Assessment Companies ‘Have Made Almost No Progress’ On Safeguarding

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The three companies that carry out disability benefit assessments for the government have made almost no progress in the last year on alerting local authorities to concerns about claimants whose safety is at risk, according to a disabled campaigner. Last year, freedom of information responses from […]

Bus Pass Restrictions Relaxed In North Yorkshire

  By Karen Lie in Yorkshire Coast Radio.   Restrictions on the use of bus passes in North Yorkshire have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments. North Yorkshire County Council have temporarily enhanced their National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use […]

Labour Leadership: Starmer Backs Calls For Free Social Care

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The MP leading the race to be Labour’s next leader has become the first candidate to back calls by disabled people’s groups for the introduction of free social care, funded by national progressive taxation. Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, said he supported the motion passed […]

Changes Promised To Cut Stress Of PIP Assessments

  By Lauren Harte in the Belfast Telegraph.   Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has vowed to improve the process for those applying for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) following a call to make the troubled system “fair and accessible for those who genuinely need it”. When PIP was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2016, replacing Disability […]

DWP Officials Accused Of ‘Tampering’ With Thousands Of Benefit Assessments

  From Welare Weekly.   Benefit officials working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have altered or binned thousands of work capability assessment reports submitted by healthcare professionals, it has been claimed. DWP officials reduced qualifying points awarded during face-to-face assessments and in some cases binned the reports entirely, according to media reports. […]

Support For ‘Amazing’ Campaigner Whose Vital Legal Case Could Help Thousands

By John Pring in Disability News.   Disabled campaigners travelled from across the country this week to show support for a fellow activist as she took on justice ministers in the high court over the ruinous costs disabled people can face when they take disability discrimination cases. If she wins, Esther Leighton could give hope to thousands […]

Judge’s PIP Comments Suggest Thousands Have Had Claims Wrongly Stopped

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Thousands of disabled people could have had their benefit claims stopped unlawfully, campaigners believe, after a judge found that letters sent out by government contractors were failing to stress the serious consequences of failing to attend a face-to-face assessment. Upper tribunal judge Nicholas Wikeley said he […]

New Government Provides Details On Five Disability Policy Pledges

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The new Conservative government has described how it plans to fulfil the five major disability policy pledges it included in its general election manifesto. The details were included in a briefing document published alongside last month’s Queen’s speech by prime minister Boris Johnson. They cover social care, a […]

General election 2019: What’s Pledged For Disability And Mental Health ?

      By Damon Rose & Beth Rose in BBC News.   With 13 million disabled people in the country, plus their friends and family, the political parties have a huge community to court. Universal credit is still making headlines, while the main parties are divided on what to do with the social care […]

After I Revealed Whitehall Plans To Deceive The Public On Universal Credit, An Investigation Began. Its Conclusions Are Shocking

By Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.   Early this summer, a national newspaper published a string of curious articles. Under the logo Universal Credit Uncovered, the features promised readers of the Metro the truth about this most notorious of all benefits. The series began with a giant advert wrapped around the cover of the paper, coupled […]

Activists Combine To Offer PIP Assessment Recording Kits

    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled activists have responded to the government’s continuing failure to deal with the dishonesty and inaccuracy of the disability benefit assessment process by launching schemes to ensure that claimants can record their own assessments. Grassroots groups of disabled activists launched two separate campaigns this week […]

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

    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 […]

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