Saturday, February 24, 2018

Disability

Tories failing disabled people over ‘substantial’ cost of living

Disability charity Scope calls for a "complete rethink" on how disabled people are supported to cover extra £570 a month living costs.

Twitter failing to protect disabled users from ‘hate-filled’ abuse

'It has become so common that it barely raises an eyebrow and this situation has to change'

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals ‘culture of disbelief’ about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked.

Disability benefit assessments must be recorded, says Work and Pensions Committee

Failures by private companies risk undermining the entire benefit assessment system, an influential group of MPs has warned.

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Fears that crucial improvements in disability rights could be reversed post-Brexit.

DWP splash out more than £100m trying to deny disabled people vital benefits

A former Tory minister described the amount as "staggering", adding it "clearly indicates that something is seriously wrong with the system".

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

Esther McVey quits Samaritans advisory board amid pressure from campaigners

New Work and Pensions Secretary once boasted that 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

Private firms pocket £824m from ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments

DWP accused of "rewarding failure" after auditors brand some PIP assessments "unacceptable" and number of appeal victories hit new high.

Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments

Tory disability benefit changes are causing "great distress" to thousands of sick and disabled people, says Labour MP.

Sickness benefit claimants left with not enough to live on, say campaigners

Major study finds the majority of people on sickness benefits are struggling to make ends meet, thanks to Tory cuts.

Revealed: Universal Credit capability for work questionnaire

Official universal credit capability for work questionnaire.

DWP rebuked over ‘terrible’ response to PIP review

Response "is a terrible missed opportunity" to immediately improve the Personal Independence Payment assessment process, says Frank Field MP.

Disabled gran who attempted suicide after being found ‘fit for work’ has her benefits reinstated

The disabled 60-year-old feared she may lose her home after the DWP slashed her ESA benefit.

DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs

80% target for upholding original PIP and ESA decisions at the first stage of appeal will be dropped.

Thousands of disability benefit assessments deemed ‘unacceptable’ by the Government’s own quality audits

New government figures reveal private contractors Atos and Capita are failing to meet required performance targets.

The road to ‘Cash Not Care’ – a personal voyage of research discovery

Disabled researcher and military veteran speaks about her own experiences of dealing with the DWP and the UK's welfare system.

Philip Hammond just blamed disabled people for the UK’s productivity crisis

Chancellor appeared to suggest that disabled people were to blame for a productivity crisis in the UK labour market, while giving evidence to the Commons Treasury Committee.

One in three people with MS refused disability benefit

DWP reject around a third of new claims for Personal Independence Payment from people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Tories unveil plan to get more disabled people into work

Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, reforming statutory sick pay, and large-scale employment research pilots.

Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughts.

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