Tens of thousands of disabled people hit by cruel benefit sanctions, DWP figures show : Welfare Weekly.

More than 71,000 sanctions were applied against disabled ESA claimants between 3 December 2012 and 30 December 2016. While the mainstream media is focusing on the latest employment data, figures published today by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveal that tens of thousands of people with disabilities have been subjected to cruel benefit […]

via Tens of thousands of disabled people hit by cruel benefit sanctions, DWP figures show : Welfare Weekly. — DWPExamination.

PIP investigation: Welfare expert says two-thirds of appeals involve lying assessors

Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment reports.

Last week, the two-month investigation revealed how assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.

read more here : http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-welfare-expert-says-two-thirds-of-appeals-involve-lying-assessors/

Government report confirms fears over impact of Independent Living Fund closure

Former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in England experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and an “adverse” impact on their physical and mental health after its closure, according to a government report.

The research, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), confirms many of the warnings and concerns raised by disabled activists who campaigned against the decision to close the fund, before it shut in June 2015

read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-report-confirms-fears-over-impact-of-ilf-closure/

Third Of Disabled People Cut Back On Gas And Electricity Use Fearing Bills Finds Scope Survey

A third of disabled people have cut back on their energy consumption over the last year to afford their bills, a charity said. A survey of working-age disabled people found 32% reduced how much energy they use and 29% have struggled to pay their bills in the last 12 months, disability charity Scope said. In […]

via Third Of Disabled People Cut Back On Gas And Electricity Use Fearing Bills Finds Scope Survey — Same Difference

Dad DIES 10 months after Job Centre bosses told his doctor not to write any more sick notes

The DWP wrote to James Harrison’s doctor behind his back and declared him fit for work 10 months before he died

A seriously ill dad died just 10 months after Department for Work and Pensions bosses advised his GP not to write any more sick notes for him.

James Harrison had been declared “fit for work” and should not get medical certificates, the letter said.

read more here:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dwp-told-dying-dads-gp-9529945?ICID=FB_mirror_main

Government criticised by EHRC over disability rights record… for second time in 12 days

The government has been criticised by the UK’s human rights watchdog over its record on protecting the rights of disabled people, for the second time in just 12 days.

Last week, Disability News Service revealed how the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had been snubbed by the minister for disabled people after raising serious concerns about her government’s response to a report that found it guilty of “grave or systematic” violations of the UN disability convention

Read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/government-criticised-by-ehrc-over-disability-rights-record-for-second-time-in-12-days/

Islington Council won’t rehouse this severely disabled person -appalling video of their struggle just to get in and out of the house.

Alex is severely disabled. Bedbound 90% of the time, unable to use  hands or feet, with life threatening hemiplegic migraines, which cause: stroke-like symptoms, paralysis, seizures, slurring, loss of consciousness, and can lead to coma and death. In excruciating pain, suffering asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and with gait abnormalities in their hands and feet.

Occupational therapy assessed Alex and referred them for a ground-floor, wheelchair-accessible flat in the local area for their support network and GP catchment area. The OT also referred Alex for an electric wheelchair.

Islington Council refuse to give Alex’s rehousing a Category A priority (which is intended for “households where a member of the household has an immediately life-threatening or progressive condition which is seriously affected by their current accommodation.”)

As of December 2016, Alex has spent 7/8 months fighting the council over rehousing and 18 months fighting social services for DPS care.

This video shows the severe problems Alex has leaving and accessing their flat as this involves a hallway and three flights of stairs.

If you agree this is a gross injustice, you can contact the following:

Emily Thornberry MP emily.thornberry.mp@parliament.uk
Richard Watts @RichardWatts01
Cora Nicholls Cora.nicholls@islington.gov.uk