Mar 192019
 

DPAC sends solidarity to ME campaigners subject to recent attacks from researchers whose work they have fairly criticised and journalists repeating accusations with no interest in the real story. . A story run by Reuters and picked up by the Daily Mail and Rod Liddle writing for The Times claimed that researchers are leaving the… Continue Reading Biopsychosocial lobby and right wing media attack #pwme

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Mar 152019
 

Relatives of six disabled people who died due to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failings have backed a new petition to MPs that calls for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the department’s actions. The petition – backed by four leading grassroots groups of disabled activists, and Disability News Service (DNS) – says… Continue Reading Six families back petition to MPs calling for inquiry into DWP benefit deaths

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Mar 142019
 

DPAC are looking for case studies of any residents who are disabled and housed high up in a Council or social housing tower block. If you live in Birmingham, Leeds or Bristol and your concerned about accessibility and evacuating safely in an emergency then please email mail@dpac.uk.net

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Mar 072019
 

Reaction to Rudd’s reforms: Tinkering, crumbs and fears of a Trojan horse for cuts Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised grave concerns about a series of reforms to the disability benefits assessment system announced by work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd. Rudd secured broadly positive coverage of her reforms from the mainstream media this week,… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service 7th March

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Mar 052019
 

I am a freelance journalist working for Community Care, the online social work news site.    I would like to speak to people who use social care services in England and have assessed eligible needs under the Care Act 2014 for support to access facilities in their local community and/or make friends and other relationships,… Continue Reading Journalist is asking for people to interview on cuts to Social Care

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Mar 032019
 

Friday, 15 March 2019 from 18:00-21:00, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AT Facebook Event Page Hundreds of people have died homeless across the UK in the last year. Every single one is a death too many. At least one person dies every day due to the very avoidable condition of a lack of suitable shelter,… Continue Reading Enough is Enough: No More Deaths On Our Streets Vigil 15/3 6pm

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Feb 222019
 

  Jodey Whiting: DWP ignored five ‘safeguarding’ chances before WCA suicide The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed five times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to the suicide of a disabled woman with a long history of mental distress, an independent investigation has found. The Independent Case Examiner… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service for 21st February

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Feb 182019
 

Disabled People Against Cuts and our allies in the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance are campaigning for a National Independent Living Support Service capable of upholding disabled people’s rights to independent living and building on what was so effective about the Independent Living Fund before it was closed in spite of enormous opposition in June 2015.… Continue Reading Motion – National Independent Living Support Service

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Feb 152019
 

On 1 Feb a letter from Sarah Newton, Minister against Disabled People, was published in the Guardian. In it she cites figures to show spending on disability benefits is increasing and makes other claims to suggest the government are successfully “ensuring that whatever a disabled person’s circumstances, they are able to access personalised, tailored support”.… Continue Reading Our response to Newton’s letter to The Guardian

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Feb 152019
 

Disability rights organisations and activists lobbied MPs in Parliament on Wednesday 13 February 2019, at a ’First Do No Harm’ lobby, aimed at the DWP. Artist and DPAC activist, Vince Laws, attended with his support worker, Lucifer. Vince took the opportunity to display 3 of the ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds, and took photos… Continue Reading DWP Deaths Make Me Sick Shrouds Seen In Parliament

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Feb 152019
 

A basic principle of social security in Germany is cutting benefits if claimants miss an appointment, or fail to finish a training course, or refuse to sign an “integration agreement” (the equivalent of the DWP Claimant Commitment) in which they pledge to do all they can to find a job. Sound familiar? One organisation in Germany is… Continue Reading Look at what the Germans are doing about the sanction regime. Could we do the same in the UK?

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Feb 142019
 

  Tory conference police force admits sharing information on protesters with DWP Disabled activists have demanded an inquiry after a police force that has patrolled four Conservative party conferences since 2010 admitted sharing information about protesters with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has now become the second police force… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service 14th Feb

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Feb 082019
 

RCG would like to invite you to protest outside Peckham job centre against UC and all benefit cuts and sanctions on Friday 1 March at 1.30pm There will be an open mic and they would like people to speak and bring their banners etc Please see the below https://www.facebook.com/events/250940512312018/

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Feb 082019
 

ADKC Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea ADKC, an organisation of disabled people who live and work in Kensington & Chelsea require A DISABILITY SPECIALIST LEGAL ADVICE WORKER Salary: £25,786 4 days per week To provide a quality Specialist Disability Legal Advice service to disabled people throughout the Borough. Specialising in Welfare Benefits and general Advice… Continue Reading Job Ad: Legal Advice Worker – Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea

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Feb 072019
 

With thanks to the author, Emily. You can visit her blog here: https://starfishmainlyobeys.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/doublespeak/ Disability Confident, double standards and doublespeak The problems with Disability Confident are well known, at least amongst disabled people. It promotes the employer without necessarily providing any help to the employees it’s supposed to benefit. Experiencing this first hand has given me a… Continue Reading Disability Confident, a disability Con.

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Feb 072019
 

Inquiry call after ‘fitness for work’ firm ‘admits it has no safeguarding policy’ The government’s “fitness for work” contractor appears to have no written policy on how to protect the safety of people claiming out-of-work disability benefits, despite years of evidence linking the assessment with deaths and serious harm. Only last week, it emerged that… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service for 7th Feb

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Feb 042019
 

Applications are now invited for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a new Marie Curie Network focused on Disability Advocacy Research. Each researcher will work on a different topic based in one of eight universities and non-governmental organisations across Europe, and be supervised for preparation of a PhD. The ESRs will receive training in law,… Continue Reading Applications for research posts invited

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Jan 312019
 

Cross-government suicide prevention plan ignores DWP Ministers have failed to include the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a new cross-government plan aimed at reducing suicides, despite years of evidence linking such deaths with the disability benefits system and social security reforms. The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) first Cross-Government Suicide Prevention… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for 31st Jan

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Jan 312019
 

Universal Basic Income (UBI) – a regular cash payment made to individuals without means testing or conditionality – has been described as an idea whose time has come, supported across the political divide from free market libertarians to left wingers attracted to the idea of emancipating the working classes from wage labour. With disabled people… Continue Reading New DPAC Report on Universal Basic Income

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