A group of grassroots campaigners have taken fellow disabled activists on a tour of the sites of some of their most successful protests, without them needing to leave their own homes. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) worked with German film-maker and artist Hito Steyerl on its Power Tour, which saw DPAC activists revisit the sites… Continue Reading Protest Power Tour holds out hope for activists who can’t leave home (DNS)
Caxton House cover-up: DWP hid benefit deaths papers from WCA review team The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted failing to send its own independent reviewer documents that ministers knew would have linked their fitness for work test with the deaths of disabled benefit claimants. Following intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),… Continue Reading Disability News Service news – 9th May
Call for collaboration – to go out to disabled people’s organizations/networks Technology often promises to make life easier, but what will the future look like for disabled people with complex care needs? What about when services are managed and monitored using algorithms, and robotic systems start to replace care workers? What if these tools were… Continue Reading Call for disabled tech users to work with academic researchers
One Day Conference on UK Disability and Development Cooperation for Disabled People and Representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Saturday 1st June 2019 Student Central, University of London Union, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HY 11am – 4pm Purpose To discuss: DFID Disability Inclusion strategy – challenges and opportunities for DPOs – members of DfID staff… Continue Reading One Day Conference on UK Disability and Development Cooperation – 1st June, London
Are you a disabled person or ally living anywhere in North or East London? Do you want to get involved in the campaign to defend our rights and build a more inclusive society? If this sounds like you – Then join our open meeting to launch North & East London DPAC Thursday 30th May Islington… Continue Reading Are you a disabled person or ally living anywhere in North or East London?
Nursing body failed to deal fairly with PIP assessment complaints, says regulator A regulator has found widespread mishandling by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of complaints it has received about the way nurses working for government contractors have carried out disability benefit assessments. In an annual review of the NMC, the Professional Standards Authority… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service, 2nd May
Research shows ‘dramatic postcode lottery’ in independent living support Disabled people’s support to live independently in England is subject to a “dramatic” postcode lottery, according to new research carried out by disabled activists. The research by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – based on freedom of information requests to councils across England – shows huge… Continue Reading DPAC Research shows ‘dramatic postcode lottery’ in independent living support
MPs must speak out on criminal probe into DWP death links, say activists MPs have been asked why they are failing to speak out to back calls for a police investigation into alleged criminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants that may have led to the deaths of benefit claimants. The Justice for Jodey Whiting… Continue Reading MPs must speak out on criminal probe into DWP death links, say activists
In response to our protest outside Facebook last week, their product policy team have offered us a meeting to discuss examples where we think blocking may have been down to disabilist bias within their systems. If you have examples you would like brought to FB’s attention please let us know by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.… Continue Reading Blocked by Facebook? Think it was disabilist bias? We want to hear from you.
Download report here: NILSS_final The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, a network of disabled people and our organisations in England, is asking for support for a bold new vision for independent living* for the future. (* The phrase ‘independent living’ is not about disabled people doing things on our own, it means having choice and control… Continue Reading A National Independent Living Support Service
NEWS! DWP Deaths In Cambridge Artist and DPAC activist, Vince Laws, has produced a series of ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds, many of which will be on display at Cambridge Junction on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April 2019. The ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds describe the circumstances of death of named people… Continue Reading Disabled People’s art in Cambridge, 26 and 27 April, featuring Vince Laws DWP Deaths Shroudss
Following reports that Barnet council is to force disabled people into residential care to cut costs, there is a public meeting on Tuesday 21 May starts 6.30 8.30 Greek Cypriot centre, North Finchley, N12. The aim is to do the following: 1. Raise the profile of this disgusting attack locally in Barnet 2. Raise awareness… Continue Reading Public meeting Tuesday 21 May 6.30 – 8.30 about Barnet council’s plans for disabled people
Meet: 4pm 25 April 2019, outside Facebook HQ, 1 Rathbone Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1FB. See the Event page Join Disabled People Against Cuts, loud and proud, outside Facebook’s London HQ on 25 April to protest discriminatory treatment of disability-related pages. Last week, Facebook (FB) told Access Ability, in a recorded phone call that their… Continue Reading Protest: Are we disturbing you, Facebook?
The Future of Independent Living for Disabled People Committee room 10, Houses of Parliament 1 – 2pm, Thursday 25 April 2019. Hosted by Marsha De Cordova, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, in partnership with the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee This meeting will launch of… Continue Reading Independent Living campaign meeting in Parliament – 25 April 2019
Tuesday 21st May 6.15pm Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley Kent, BR1 3UH nearest station is Bromley south station, station is accessible from platform to street level, buses opposite the train station, 61, 358, 208. 314, 161, 314, 126 all go to the civic centre. Protest against Tory Bromley Councillors refusal to support Muslim Community… Continue Reading Protest 21st May, Bromley, London
Thursday 9th May 6.30pm Croydon Town Hall, to protest against proposed DWP planned PIP assessment centre. Sub planning meeting takes place at 7.30 pm at Croydon Town Hall. Town Hall, St Katherine Street, Croydon, CRO 1NX nearest train station East Croydon Station, accessible from platform to street level. Buses 119, go from bromley from merton:… Continue Reading Protest 9th May 6.30 pm Croydon Town Hall
In an additional, extra article from Disability News Service (DNS) this week, Avon and Somerset Police force are found wanting in failing to investigate abuse of disabled people in a care home, and bring those who perpetrated that abuse to justice. Just a reminder on Avon and Somerset Police’s previous record – before the latest… Continue Reading Why do Avon and Somerset police fail disabled people time and time again?
DWP ‘hypocrite’ ministers refuse to be held to same safety standards as social media Ministers have been branded “hypocrites” for rejecting the idea that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be held responsible for benefit-related deaths, despite their government calling for social media managers to be held criminally responsible for safeguarding failures.… Continue Reading Disability News Service Bulletin for 11th April
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 London and are concerned about accessibility and evacuating safely in an emergency then please email email@example.com
DWP admits destroying report on safety failings in jobcentres The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) destroyed a damaging internal report about its failure to ensure the safety of benefit claimants in jobcentres, preventing it being released under freedom of information laws. The report into safeguarding failures in south London jobcentres was written by… Continue Reading Disability News Service News for 4th April
Your experience of the UC claimant commitment The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) would like to hear from anyone who has experience and evidence of the claimant commitment under Universal Credit (UC) . Inclusion London will be submitting evidence to the SSAC and would like to hear about your experience of the Universal Credit claimant… Continue Reading Your experience of the UC claimant commitment
Capita assessor lied about woman’s thoughts of suicide, recording shows A disabled woman who repeatedly spoke about her thoughts of suicide during an assessment had her disability benefits removed after the assessor lied to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about what she had heard, a recording shows. The woman, Diane*, who has… Continue Reading News from Disability News Service, 28th March
So this woman who I have huge respect for asked me to write about my experience of Universal Credit. I said yes because I’m a people pleaser but my immediate thought afterwards was shit, I’m going to have to admit to being a workshy layabout, possibly bring down the wrath of the DWP and try… Continue Reading “Universal Credit is a shower of sh*t”
Disabled people ‘must keep fighting for their right to travel on public transport’ Disabled people must keep fighting for their right to travel on public transport, and should “challenge the status quo”, an accessible transport campaigner has told a conference. Alan Benson, chair of the user-led, pan-London organisation Transport for All, told Transport for London’s… Continue Reading DNS News: Disabled people ‘must keep fighting for their right to travel on public transport’
Shared space schemes must be halted, mayor’s commissioner told A disabled campaigner has told London’s walking and cycling commissioner that all shared space street developments should be halted because they are too dangerous for disabled and older people. Dr Tom Pey, chief executive of the Royal Society for Blind Children and a leading opponent of… Continue Reading DNS News: Shared space schemes must be halted, mayor’s commissioner told