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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.

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.

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.

Disabled woman ‘eating out of bins to survive’ half a year after her benefits were axed

Ann Cumberland-Quinn has been living out of her car since DWP officials axed her disability benefits earlier this year.

Disabled woman was wrongly denied benefits for 10 months, says Judge

Theresa's benefits were stopped for failing to attend an assessment 'without good reason', even though it had been cancelled by the assessors themselves.

Employers still discriminate against disabled people – it has to stop

Survey reveals disabled people apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search.

Benefits assessor sanctioned for mocking disabled claimant

Alan Barham, who was dismissed by Capita after undercover footage emerged, given caution order by disciplinary panel.

DWP told to ‘get a grip’ over damaging disability benefit assessments

More than 80 charities and organisations have called on the government to make urgent changes to disability benefit assessments.

Disability benefit assessments making people’s health worse, says damning report

Research warns that Personal Independence Payment assessments worsen people's health worse due to stress and anxiety.

UN panel criticises UK failure to uphold disabled people’s rights

Charities say report is grim reality check and Labour says it highlights how disabled people are bearing brunt of austerity.

Cruel welfare changes rob MS sufferers of at least £6million a year in vital benefits

New figures reveal the devastating impact of savage disability benefit changes on people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

DWP slammed over £39m bill for challenging sick and disabled on vital benefits

Department for Work and Pensions spend almost £40 million fighting benefit appeals made by sick and disabled people, and lose more than 60% of cases.

Tory welfare cuts cause ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people

UK government accused of “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in".

Benefit cap blamed for 85% cut in new homes for vulnerable people

Ministers urged to ditch proposals as housing associations postpone and cancel schemes for elderly and disabled.

Tory cuts eroding disabled people’s human rights, UN told

Seven years of cuts to social security benefits and health and social care budgets have eroded disabled people's rights, equality bodies warn.

Disabled people take their fight against Tory cuts to the United Nations

Disabled people take complaints about UK Government’s disability rights record to the United Nations.

DWP tells woman with Dementia she can ‘care for herself’ and removes her benefits

Cruel decision comes despite the fact that she often forgets to turn off the gas after cooking.

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