Thousands Demand To Record Atos Sickness Benefit Tests

Between December 2012 and February 2014, a total of 4,060 audio-recorded face-to-face Work Capability Assessments (WCA) were requested.

Government Urged To Suspend Benefit Sanctions Regime

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear – especially amongst the disabled

Welfare Weekly – Issue 13 (10/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.
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Disability Campaigners Protest Against Independent Living Fund Closure (Video)

Disability rights campaigners have today (January 6) taken their protest against the Government's closure of the Independent Living Fund to parliament.

Atos Ordered DEAD Disabled Man To Attend Benefit Assessment

Bungling Atos ordered a disabled man to attend a disability benefit assessment - two months after he had DIED.

Call For Publication Of Review Into Man Who Killed Himself After Benefits Cut

UK government asked to publish review into case of Tim Salter, one of 60 investigations into suicides linked to benefit changes

Welfare Weekly – Issue 12 (03/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

DWP Gets Tough On Sickness Benefit Claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a number of changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments.

80,000 Face Benefit Sanctions Misery This Christmas – Including 6,800 Disabled People

More than 80,000 families face a bleak and miserable Christmas because of punitive and unfair benefit sanctions, PCS says.

Disabled Tenants To Challenge Bedroom Tax In Supreme Court

Rights groups say tax is unfair to people with physical problems who cannot trade down to smaller, rented property.

People With Mental Health Problems Hammered By Sickness Benefit Sanctions

More than 60% of adverse ESA sanctions decisions made between January to March 2014 were against people with mental health issues or behavioral problems.

One In Ten Admit To Using Abusive Language Toward A Disabled Person

One in ten adults have directed abusive language toward a disabled person and many children are copying them, a new poll reveals.

Labour Accused Of Backing Disability Benefit Cuts

The Scottish Labour Party has been accused of an 'appalling error of judgement' after voting to continue the national rollout of Personal Independence Payments.

DWP To Award £500 Million ‘Fit For Work’ Contract To U.S Firm Maximus

DWP will award a benefit assessment contract worth £500 million to the private American firm Maximus, according to an anonymous source.

Labour Pledge New ‘Work Support Programme’ For Disabled Benefit Claimants

The 'Work Support Programme' would help support ESA claimants regarded as being the 'furthest from work', say Labour.

Legal Action Over ‘Inconsistent’ Access To Work Scheme

Lawyers are challenging the DWP to publish a document detailing the eligibility criteria of the disabled persons 'Access To Work' scheme.

Disabled Campaigners Vow To Continue Fight To Save Independent Living Fund

The High Court found that the Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning had not breached equality laws in deciding to close the Independent Living Fund.

UK Disabled Persons Employment Support ‘Least Generous’ In Europe

Disabled people in Britain are getting a raw deal compared to their counterparts across Europe, according to a new European Parliament report

300,000 Disabled People Waiting For Housing Living In Unsuitable Homes

Disability charity wants government to order building of easily adaptable ‘lifetime’ houses

Thousands With Degenerative Conditions Told They Could Be ‘Fit To Work In The Future’

Thousands of people with incurable medical conditions are being classed as 'fit to work in the future' by a "nonsensical" Work Capability Assessment (WCA), new figures reveal.

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