Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Work capability assessment ‘failing the most vulnerable in society’

SNP MP says the UK Government's controversial work capability assessment system is 'not fit for purpose' and should be reviewed.

Mentally ill man found dead on beach after his sickness benefits were removed

"What's the point?": David Metcalf is said to have felt 'frustrated and upset' after being found 'fit for work' by the DWP.

Seriously ill gran who needs a nebuliser to help her breath told to find a job

Heartless Department for Work and Pensions continues to treat sick and disabled people with utter contempt.

Disabled researcher slams ‘dangerous and totally discredited’ benefit tests

Work capability assessment 'creates unnecessary preventable harm', says researcher.

Disabled woman ‘forced to crawl up stairs’ to attend a benefits assessment

Disability charity says "no one should be forced to drag themselves up a staircase in order to attend their benefits appointment".

Labour launches disability manifesto pledging to reverse social security cuts

Labour vows to transform the welfare system from one that demonises disabled people to one that supports them.

BBC knew American corporate ‘racketeers’ were influencing UK welfare reforms

BBC News reports exposing how a US firm were influencing UK welfare reforms were inexplicably removed from their archives.

Thatcher’s dark legacy must be stopped

Neoliberal politics opened the door for the future destruction of the welfare state when aided by an unelected banker with too much political power, writes Mo Stewart.

David Freud: The unelected welfare reform minister with too much political power

Lord Freud was unelected and had no prior political experience, but his welfare reforms have adversely affected millions of vulnerable people.

‘Callous Tory government targeting the most vulnerable in society’

Conservatives accused of "targeting the most vulnerable in society" with "callous" cuts to Employment and Support Allowance.

Up to 500,000 sick and disabled to receive £1,400 a year less in benefits

Cruel changes mean up to a half a million of the UK's most vulnerable citizens will see lower benefit payments.

American ‘disability denial factories’ flourishing in the UK

It’s easier to accept the limitless Tory lies rather than face reality, says Mo Stewart.

DWP confirm existing ESA claimants will not be affected by £30 a week cut – sort of

Questions remain regarding existing claimants who appeal against a negative decision after the cut-off date.

‘Fit for work’ tests cause ‘suicidal thoughts’ and must be ‘redesigned completely’

Work Capability Assessments "are fundamentally discriminatory to people with mental health conditions", report says.

Terminally ill woman found ‘fit for work’ by callous DWP needs your help

Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Claire was found 'fit for work' by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Welfare reform is killing people, but the Tory press don’t want you to know

Rising numbers of deaths all linked to the ongoing welfare reforms remain unreported.

UK austerity policies ‘amount to violations of disabled people’s rights’

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately.

Labour team up with I, Daniel Blake makers to challenge ‘brutal’ disability cuts

Labour are urging the government to scrap planned cuts to Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

DWP to overhaul hated ‘fitness for work’ tests

Work and Pensions Secretary Damien Green will announce a consultation on changes to the Work Capability Assessment.
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Tory cuts are having a ‘catastrophic impact’ on disabled people, MSPs told

John McArdle was giving evidence to the Scottish Social Security Committee on the impact of social security cuts on disabled people.

DWP to scrap repeat ‘fitness for work’ tests for chronically sick benefit claimants

Changes mean sickness benefit claimants with conditions 'which can only get worse' will no longer be asked to attend assessments for retesting.
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Labour pledge to scrap ‘discredited’ fit for work tests and ‘punitive’ benefit sanctions

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams MP, also said being on social security shouldn't mean having to live in poverty.
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TUC backs calls for ‘inhuman’ fit for work tests to be scrapped (video)

Motion backs calls for 'fit for work tests' to be scrapped and replaced by a fair and humane process for determining work capability.

‘Biased’ fit for work tests penalise poorer people

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government’s controversial assessments system.

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