Oct 182019
 

We would like to invite you to join with us in celebrating the life of our son, brother, comrade and friend, Stephen Aselford, who sadly passed away in September. Funeral starts 10.30am at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AT. Commemoration event to be held from 12pm at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0… Continue Reading Funeral and celebration of the life of Stephen Aselford – Friday 25th October 2019

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Oct 102019
 

This week’s update from Disability News Service 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   Anger as police confiscate Extinction Rebellion accessible toilets, ramps and wheelchairs A police force has been accused… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service for this week (10th October)

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Oct 072019
 

[From Disability Arts Online] Piss on Pity is the title of an exhibition of work by disabled artists on the subject of charity currently in the Ridings Centre, Wakefield. Gill Crawshaw writes about pulling the exhibition together as a way of channeling anger at the flagrant dismissal of the disability arts communities concerns about representation… Continue Reading Piss on Pity: Disabled artists versus Charity

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Oct 042019
 

Watch and listen below to our sessions at The World Transformed last week. Transcript of Ellen’s contribution on disabled people’s oppression also below. Many thanks to @ImaJSAclaimant for filming and to everyone who helped.   Piss on Pity: disability oppression   Independent Living   Frances Ryan’s talk on disability and oppression:   Transcript of contribution… Continue Reading DPAC at The World Transformed

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Oct 042019
 

As many of you will have heard, Stephen Aselford, Disabled People Against Cuts stalwart and co-founder of Bromley and Croydon DPAC has very sadly and suddenly passed away. Stephen was a socialist and an activist to his core. His many friends and comrades across the disability world and the labour movement are deeply saddened but… Continue Reading Honouring Stephen

Oct 032019
 

This week’s update from Disability News Service 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 Tory conference: Disabled activists shame Tories on cost of ‘heartless’ austerity Disabled activists have protested outside the Conservative… Continue Reading Disability News Service news 3rd October

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Sep 262019
 

This week’s update from Disability News Service 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 Labour conference: Activists set for fight to persuade leadership on independent living Disabled people have a fight ahead… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for 26th September

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Sep 242019
 

Under The Knife is a 90-minute feature length documentary about the covert dismantling of the NHS that is going on right now. It shows how democracy has been subverted by politicians, and capitalism run amok. There are 50 free entry screenings of the film all around the country during October, to find a free screening… Continue Reading Free screenings of the new Ken Loach film about the NHS, “Under the Knife”

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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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Aug 282019
 

We have had a number of people contacting us recently saying that they have asked their doctor to write a letter stating that they need a home visit for a benefit assessment and the doctor has refused. Others have told us that their GP has refused to issue them a Fit Note We are very… Continue Reading Has your doctor refused to write a letter asking for a benefits assessment home visit, refused a Fit Note, or other benefits related issue?

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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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