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Psychologists Call For Reform Of The Work Capability Assessment

The BPS says there is a 'growing body of evidence that seriously ill people are being inappropriately subjected to WCA'.

Tory welfare cuts undermine the UK’s human rights record, says watchdog

Years of cuts to welfare benefits and Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act threaten "Britain’s position as a global leader in human rights".

Government ‘Committed’ To Disability Benefits Cuts Despite Rebellion Threat

Downing Street makes position clear after Nicky Morgan’s comments fuel speculation of U-turn on controversial budget proposal.
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Opinion: This single video shows why disability benefit assessments should be scrapped

Disabled people are being let down by a benefits system that is meant to exist to protect them.

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

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

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.

The Benefits Cap On Carers Is Discriminatory And A False Economy

The cap has been ruled discriminatory and unlawful for full-time carers of disabled adult relatives, yet Iain Duncan Smith seems bent on pursuing this senseless policy.

Benefit Cap Discriminated Against Disabled People, Court rules

High court finds that two claimants caring for relatives for upwards of 35 hours a week were effectively in work and should be exempt from cap.

Disability Benefit Delays ‘Unacceptable’, Admits Minister

The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, has admitted that severe delays in processing claims for the new disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are “unacceptable”.

Home Care Visits Should Last At Least Thirty Minutes, Says Watchdog

Home care visits for elderly and vulnerable people should last for at least half and hour, the health watchdog says.

UN Launches Second Investigation Into Impact Of Tory Welfare Cuts

A UN committee has announced an investigation into the impact of Tory austerity measures on vulnerable groups.

Fit-For-Work Tests Linked To Relapses In Those With Mental Health Problems

Dr Jed Boardman says work capability assessment causes distress for people with severe problems and has led to relapses.

Welfare Weekly Summary, 22 August 2015

This weeks biggest news from Welfare Weekly and others.

85% Of Disabled Jobseekers Say Their Condition Has An Impact On Job-Hunting

Up to 85% of disabled people say their condition impacts on their chances of finding a job, according to new research.

Atos bosses claim staff have suffered vilification for doing their jobs, suggesting other firms will find it hard to recruit staff

Disabled Scots To Get More Help In Claiming Disability Benefits

The Scottish Government has pledged £192,000 to help disabled people and carers through the benefits application process.

Tory Peer Forced Into Humiliating Retreat Over Inaccurate Disability Benefit Claims

Baroness Altmann apologised over claims disabled people who cannot walk 50 metres would be guaranteed the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Rethink Cuts To Employment and Support Allowance, Says Tory MP

Cuts would 'increase the burden on people who are already coping with serious illness or disability', says Jeremy Lefroy MP.

One in ten MS sufferers could face disability benefit cuts, charity warns

Up to 10,000 could lose entitlement to the highest mobility rate of Personal Independence Payment, following Government changes to eligibility criteria.

Back To Work Schemes Failing People With Complex Needs, Say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee says employment schemes are failing unemployed people with the most challenging barriers to employment.

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.

Disability Hate Crime Soars 25% In Only A Year – And That’s Only Reported Incidents

Disability is now the second most common motivating factor behind all hate crimes, new figures show.

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