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Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Contact a Family on Bedroom Tax Appeal

Response from Contact a Family re the Court of Appeal ruling that the bedroom tax discriminates against the family of a disabled teenager Una Summerson, Head of Policy at Contact a Family says: “We know from calls to our helpline that the Rutherford’s situation is not an isolated case. Some children have high care needs through the night and an ... Read More »

DWP Questioned

Why is the DWP failing to provide proper explanations alongside its legislations? Lords to ask Minister.  The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee will next week take oral evidence from the Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform on the quality of information that the Department for Work and Pensions has provided in support of statutory instruments. Since ... Read More »

Kennedy Scott and Central YMCA today launch a new national service to support people with disabilities into work

Kennedy Scott and Central YMCA are launching their new DWP Specialist Employability Services (SES) contract today, September 1st. This is an important milestone for Kennedy Scott as this represents both a new Prime Contract, and an extension of the organisation’s service across the UK for the first time. This two-year contract will support 735 people with disabilities, more than a third of ... Read More »

Benefits delay forced disabled people to use food banks

Two disabled people have taken their cases to the High Court following a nine month wait for their personal independent payments from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The claimants have said that they had to use food banks and struggled to pay for fuel and as a result their health declined. Lawyers have argued that they were entitled ... Read More »

Man ‘claimed £26k in disability benefit – while winning GOLF contests’

An alleged benefits cheat who claimed he was so ill he could barely walk 50m was a champion golfer who played on an 18-hole course, a court heard. Alan Bannister, 54, who has a handicap of six, pocketed more than £26,000 in higher rate Disability Living Allowance after complaining he was in constant pain seven days a week, it is ... Read More »

Illness and disability: time to accept reality

MacMillan Cancer Care recently reported that in 2015 there will be 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, due to improvements in survival rates. MacMillan warned that this would place “huge pressure on the NHS”. What wasn’t mentioned was the pressure it could also place on the social security system. Many of these 2.5 million people will be ... Read More »

Fears for disabled Brits as US firm takes over benefits assessments from Atos

From March, the disgraced “fit-for-work” test firm Atos will stop doing assessments on disabled people on behalf of the Coalition. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced US company Maximus will carry out the controversial Work Capability Assessments. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the change means a “fresh approach”. But US court files show Maximus has ... Read More »

Disability Wales calls benefit claims wait ‘unacceptable’

A Welsh charity wants the rollout of a new benefit payment for the sick and disabled to be halted until “unacceptable” delays are resolved. Disability Wales fears that delays in awarding Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are causing hardship. There are reports of some claimants waiting up to 11 months for their first payment. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ... Read More »

Lord Freud: Disabled people ‘not worth full wage’

A welfare minister said a small group of people are “not worth the full wage” and could be paid £2 an hour. Labour is calling for Lord Freud to stand down over the comments made at a conference fringe meeting which are thought to have been about disabled people. The peer, who has been a minister in the Department for ... Read More »

FactCheck: how many benefits claimants are addicts?

“One in 15 working-age benefit claimants suffers from addiction to opiates, such as crack cocaine and heroin. An estimated one in 25 working-age benefit claimants suffers alcohol dependency.” Evening Standard, 29 September 2014 The background Iain Duncan Smith announced this week that benefits claimants will get their money loaded onto pre-paid cards so they aren’t tempted to squander the cash ... Read More »

Will Disability Labour give us back our dignity?

If one wider image has been left from the Scottish independence campaign, it is an electorate that emerged engaged, passionate, and with faith in politics as a force for change. Can you imagine it? We have become almost used to power that has bastardised what politics should be. An elite working for their own end instead of a collective fight ... Read More »