‘Kicked, punched, knocked unconscious, tipped out of wheelchairs’: Campaigners describe repeated police targeting of disabled anti-fracking protesters Police forces are repeatedly targeting and assaulting disabled people involved in peaceful anti-fracking protests, campaigners have told Disability News Service (DNS). DNS has seen video footage of a string of incidents in which disabled campaigners taking part in… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service, 13th December
Ofsted, the schools inspection service have been concerned in recent months at data suggesting some pupils have been moved off the school register and removed from their school. Disabled pupils and those described as having special educational needs, are more likely to be subject to this practice, called “ off-rolled” This happened to one young… Continue Reading Why we should expose Schools illegal Off- Rolling of pupils?
UN day of disabled people: Newton silent on international day… again The minister for disabled people has been unable to explain why she failed to make any public statement to support disabled people’s battle for rights on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). It is the second year in a row… Continue Reading This weeks Disability News Service News 6/12/18
What’s your experience of the welfare safety net? The Work and Pensions Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the current state of the UK’s welfare safety net, prompted by the evidence of debt, hunger and homelessness it has heard across several recent inquiries. The inquiry will look at how effectively our welfare system works… Continue Reading consultation on the Welfare Safety Net- or lack of it
DWP softens ‘threatening’ tone of universal credit agreement after claimant’s death The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to soften the “threatening” tone of the agreement that claimants of universal credit are forced to sign to receive their benefits, following a secret review into the death of a claimant. A panel… Continue Reading Disability News Service news for this week 29th November
Actions against Universal Credit: a hostile environment for women & children Single mums challenge UC working allowance disaster Tues 27 & Wed 28 November 2018 High Court, Strand, London WC2A 2LL Single mums are in court to challenge the government over the Universal Credit payment system which is inflexible and doesn’t reflect reality. The rigid… Continue Reading Universal Credit – High Court case and Unite Day of Action December 1st
McVey flees DWP without answering key questions on WCA deaths ‘cover-up’ Esther McVey has quit as work and pensions secretary without answering questions she was asked by MPs four months ago about whether her department covered up links between its hated fitness for work test and the deaths of benefit claimants. McVey resigned last week… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service 22nd November
#WeDemand Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) has a Protest tomorrow, Tuesday 20th November 2018, from 8am. Why? Westminster Health Forum are holding a seminar tomorrow at OverSeas House, Park Place, St Janes Street London SW1A Called ‘Next Steps For Mental Health Services In England, funding, care and effencies. Which means cuts! In fact, Lord Coles… Continue Reading MHRN Protest tomorrow, 20th November #WeDemand
Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Version with footnotes (PDF) London, 16 November 2018 Introduction The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy, it contains many areas of immense wealth, its capital is a leading centre of global finance, its… Continue Reading Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
The CWU’s fight to save our nation’s cherished Post Office network, which has been recently launched by the union in response to the bombshell announcement that 74 Crown offices are to be franchised (privatised) to high-street retailer WH Smith – a move which will impact some 800 jobs and drastically cut services to communities. CWU… Continue Reading CWU seeking support to keep your local post offices open
Our first day of action for Disabled Equality in Education will see meetings and events in colleges and universities, as well as schools where SEND cuts are destroying integrated education and will culminate in a meeting in parliament where we will bring forward demands for change. Parliamentary meeting Wednesday November 21st House of Commons,… Continue Reading Day of Action for Disability Equality in Education, November 21st, nationally
‘Utterly disgraceful’ Public Health England refuses to warn councils of ESA suicide risk The government’s public health agency has refused to warn local NHS and council bodies that claimants of out-of-work disability benefits are at a hugely-increased risk of attempting to take their own lives. Last week, Public Health England (PHE) published the latest… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service – 15th November
Dear DPAC member We would love to see you at our forthcoming Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival events in East London, celebrating Disability Art, Culture and Human Rights. Everything is free and inclusive and everyone is welcome. This is the only national Disability Arts event led by a Disabled People’s Organisation. Further programme details… Continue Reading Together, Disability History Month Events in and around Newham.
We’re looking into the possibility of setting up a DPAC choir to sing at various events. If you would be interested in joining this please email us at email@example.com There would be no regular commitment needed although if possible people might want to attend one or more rehearsals. Please also let us know if you… Continue Reading DPAC Choir needs volunteers
Monthly demonstration against Universal Credit outside DWP headquarters, Caxton House. Tothill Street. London. SW1H 9DA (near the Houses of Parliament) Meet 12 PM – 1pm on the 1st Friday of each month including December and January. Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group used to demonstrate regularly outside their local jobcentres. But they’ve closed both of the local… Continue Reading New Monthly Demos Against UC at DWP Head Office
DPAC Submission to Permanent Peoples Tribunal on migration, London, 2018. It is of course extremely important to challenge the exploitation of migrants and refugees in all contexts. However, using evidence from work with disabled asylum seekers, we suggest that campaigns for the ‘right to work’ need to be treated with caution for a number of… Continue Reading DPAC Submission to the Permanent People’s Tribunal Hearing on violations of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples 3rd & 4th November
DWP refuses to say if it followed death review advice on ‘threatening’ universal credit Ministers are refusing to say if they acted on the recommendations of a secret review that linked the death of a benefit claimant with the “threatening” conditions they were forced to accept when signing up to universal credit. The Department for… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service – 1st November
Autistic woman ‘left sick and broken’ by two-year universal credit delay An autistic woman says she has been left without vital financial support – and life-saving medication – for nearly two years because she cannot cope with the face-to-face interview she must undergo to complete her universal credit claim. Claire*, who lives in the Manchester… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service
Concluding observations on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Alternative report from civil society Content Introduction Overview of key concerns Response to UKG’s Follow Up report to the Concluding Observations Civil society follow up information on recommendations made by the Committee in paragraph 114 of its inquiry… Continue Reading Concluding observations on the initial report of the UK Government by Disabled People’s Organisations
DWP faces nearly 60 disability discrimination tribunal cases in 20 months The Employment Tribunal has dealt with almost 60 claims of disability discrimination taken against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by its own staff over a 20-month period, new research has shown. A database on the Employment Tribunal website shows that, since it… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service
Thanks to those who contributed their time and energy to speaking about their experiences. Film produced in collaboration between Redweather Productions, Rebecca Yeo, DPAC Bristol, Bristol Hospitality Network.
We are the UK correspondents for the french-german TV ARTE. We are getting in touch for a report we wanted to make about Universal credit and its impact on disabled people. Could you help us to get in touch with a disabled person who has been affected by universal credit and who could explain to… Continue Reading European Journalists making a programme on Universal Credit looking for people to interview
Consultation – Share your views on TfL proposals to change 33 bus routes in London TfL are reviewing bus services that serve the central London area and have made proposals to restructure and change the frequency of 33 routes and to introduce an additional service. This is said to be the biggest shake-up in more… Continue Reading Important Consultation on Cutting London Bus Services
With thanks to Shirin for this information that might help others…. I sent a letter to Capita to request reasonable adjustments per the Equality Act 2010. Had no reply so rang them and was told that if you write to the address on the appointment letter, it will not be “picked up” as that is… Continue Reading Beware when writing to Capita over PIP