Sep 192019
 

  The shocking truth about disability benefits: Successful appeals double in a decade Disabled people are almost twice as likely to win their disability benefit appeal than they were 10 years ago, at the start of almost a decade of Conservative control of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP has this week refused… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for week of 19 September. via @johnpringdns

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New DPAC TShirt Design captures the spirit of Britain today

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Sep 162019
 

We set out to mark this year’s Tory party conference with a special commemorative Tshirt design that’s in keeping with the feelings of many people up and down the country today. After many hours of discussion and debate and many rejected ideas, we finally settled on this design which was then created as an image… Continue Reading New DPAC TShirt Design captures the spirit of Britain today

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Sep 122019
 

Labour ‘on collision course with UN and EHRC over independent living’ The Labour party is on a “collision course” with the equality and human rights watchdog and the United Nations because of its failure to accept the need for a legal right to independent living, according to a national network of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for week of 12 September

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Sep 102019
 

In her foreword, to this book Dr Jenny Morris says: “At a time when as Judy Hunt writes: ‘disabled people are finding many of the gains of the 1980s and 1990s being eroded’, this book is a timely reminder of where these gains came from. It is an important book, based on the experiences of… Continue Reading No Limits: The Disabled People’s Movement, A Radical History – by Judy Hunt

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Sep 072019
 

[Text from Taxpayers Against Poverty with thanks] General election manifestos must address homelessness and hunger & the powerlessness of homeless families. 1. GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTOS MUST ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS AND HUNGER.  The 2012 and 2016 Welfare Reform Acts were seen through Parliament by government ministers who sought to force the unemployed into work by imposing inadequate incomes… Continue Reading Taxpayers Against Poverty: General election manifestos must address homelessness and hunger & the powerlessness of homeless families.

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Sep 052019
 

This week’s update from Disability News Services is given below with all the articles in a single post, however if you would prefer to view them as separate articles, you can do that on the DNS Website Will new ‘serious case panel’ probe benefit-related deaths? DWP stays silent The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for 5th September

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Sep 052019
 

[Text from the Facebook event page hosted by Another Europe is possible] WE DEMAND BORIS JOHNSON’S RESIGNATION. An unelected government is attacking our democracy so that it can drive through its Brexit agenda. We don’t just have the right to resist it – we have a duty. This week will change Britain forever. Don’t be… Continue Reading #StopTheCoup Protests, Saturday 2.30 Downing Street and all around the UK

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Sep 032019
 

Boris Johnson’s hubris and scheming in his attempt to bounce the country into leaving the EU with no-deal has brought about the prospect of an early General election.  While many are wary of Johnson manoeuvring over the date of the election we believe that any opportunity to get the Tories out should be seized upon. … Continue Reading Why disabled people need a general election now

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Sep 012019
 

We’ve had the following request from Rob Booth, Social Affairs Correspondent for The Guardian: We are trying to find out what happens when people make UC applications and they are processed by the DWP’s computer technology or how their applications are handled by local authorities when they make council tax benefit and housing benefit claims.… Continue Reading Guardian Journalist looking for UC, Council Tax Relief or Housing Benefit claimants to help with research on how DWP/Councils assess claimants for risk

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Sep 012019
 

Boris Johnson is trying to shut down our democracy so that he can deliver on his Brexit agenda. From Monday 2nd September, we will be protesting EVERY DAY at 5.30pm in every town and city in the country. For more info, and to set up an event, visit https://www.stopthecoup.org.uk/ , see the Facebook event page… Continue Reading #StopTheCoup EVERY DAY at 5.30pm, London and UK wide #DefendDemocracy

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Aug 302019
 

#StopTheCoup! Join the nationwide wave of protests We can’t let Boris Johnson shut down democracy. 28th August 2019 Boris Johnson is trying to shut down our democracy so that he can deliver on his Brexit agenda. We we can’t just rely on the courts or parliamentary process to save the day. We all have a… Continue Reading #StopTheCoup! Join the nationwide wave of protests Saturday 31st August

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Protest against the suspension of Parliament – Updated

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Aug 282019
 

In today’s news we have seen that Boris Johnson is suspending Parliament in order to force through a No-Deal Brexit. Whether you are Leaver or Remainer, the suspension of parliamentary democracy on order to force through measures that would likely be halted by Parliament is a serious challenge to the democratic processes of this country.… Continue Reading Protest against the suspension of Parliament – Updated

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Aug 262019
 

[Text from Disability Sheffield Blog] One of the biggest controversies involving those applying for Personal Independence Payments is that there are often apparent discrepancies between what is actually said in the assessment interviews and what the assessor’s report later claims. Not everyone is aware that you are allowed to record the interview either in audio… Continue Reading Sheffield DPAC’s Get It Taped Campaign

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Aug 222019
 

This week’s update from Disability News Services is given below with all the articles in a single post, however if you would prefer to view them as separate articles, you can do that on the DNS Website Council’s planned care charge rises ‘could prove fatal’ Leading disabled campaigners have warned that a council’s proposals to… Continue Reading Disability News Service Articles for 22nd August

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Aug 212019
 

We’ve had the following request to ask for people to come forward for an important research project I’m a visually impaired activist and I’m currently undertaking a research project into disabled women & disabled non-binary people’s experiences of non-consensual touching, harassment, hate crimes and sexual assaults. We are inviting disabled women & non-binary people to… Continue Reading Callout for disabled women and non-binary people’s experiences of harassment and sexual assault for important research

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Aug 152019
 

  Citizens Advice signed gagging clause in return for share of £51m from DWP Two charities that will receive £51 million in government funding to provide advice and support to claimants of universal credit (UC) signed gagging clauses that prevent them bringing the Department for Work and Pensions “unfairly” into “disrepute”. Both Citizens Advice (CA)… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for 15th August

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Aug 092019
 

About Unum Unum spent years pushing reforms that have been closely linked to the deaths of many claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) and to harming the physical and mental health of many others. Disabled researchers and activists have previously shown how Unum spent years undermining the social security system in order to boost… Continue Reading Unum supports local Paralympian Sophia Warner and 2019 ‘Superhero Series’

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Aug 082019
 

  Anger over Unum sponsorship of ‘Superhero’ triathlon event A retired Paralympian organising a mass participation disability sports event has defended accepting sponsorship from a company that spent years lobbying the government to make the out-of-work disability benefits regime harsher and more stressful. Unum has signed up as one of the sponsors of next week’s… Continue Reading Disability News Service bulletin, 8th August

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Aug 042019
 

Disabled people protest benefits cuts deaths in Cambridge Thursday, 1st August 2019, Disabled People Against the Cuts (Cambridgeshire and Essex), a local group of disabled people (affiliated with the national organisation DPAC), and The Cambridge People’s Assembly Against Austerity joined with Unite Community in their national day of action against Universal Credit. We held a… Continue Reading DPAC Cambridge and Essex protest benefit cut deaths in Cambridge

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Aug 022019
 

Event details Date:        Tue 10 Sep 2019 – 13:00 to 15:00 Location:  TUC Congress House,  23-28 Great Russell StreetWC1B 3LS London Contact:     jowilliams@tuc.org.uk Cost:         FREE ADMISSION (registration essential) LESE Disabled Members Network in association with Pensioners’ Network and Transport Industries Network open meeting with: Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor Transport Tuesday 10 September 2019, 1 – 3pm Please register: jowilliams@tuc.org.uk or 020… Continue Reading LESE Disabled Members Network: open meeting with Heidi Alexander – Tuesday 10 September 2019

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Jul 302019
 

Picnics are a health outcome MHRN invites you to the big FREE solidarity picnic in Hyde Park, London 3.00pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 14th August 2019 Dogs welcome (but no chasing squirrels) Enjoy poetry and music performances from 5pm MHRN will provide food, but bring more to share if you can and bring a bottle if… Continue Reading Picnics are a health outcome!! Join the MHRN Summer Picnic, Hyde Park, 14th August

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