UK Disabled Artists Lead The World, But For How Long?

Jo Verrent | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

We live in a society where disability is still seen more frequently as a plot devise rather than simply part of the human condition (see autumn's new TV schedules with amputee Cormoran Strike in JK Rowling's Strike and acid-burned Gabriel Markham in Rellik). Where disability is most frequently acted rather than authentic (the above played by Tom Burke and Richard Dormer respectively, both non-disabled actors).

PIP: The Truth Is Out

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

The government claimed that PIP would be a fairer benefit which would help more disabled people and assist in the fight against fraud. From the outset however, disabled people raised their voices in concern, and ever since there has been a growing clamour of stories from people who have been failed by the new PIP assessment process... No matter how you spin the latest statistics, for those who the Personal Independence Payment was designed to help it's been a nightmare. Isn't it time that the voices of disabled people were listened to, and this failed benefit change was over turned?

My PIP Diary Part Two - The Battle Through Paperwork Mountain

Mik Scarlet | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

I now am gripped by a fear that a benefit that ensures I can work, as it funds my car through the Motability scheme, may be taken away from me. With the horror stories of people with obvious impairments that equally make walking impossible losing their PIP funding it is a real possibility. Of course looking on the bright side, with my medical records having so many mistakes in them, I'm damn lucky I'm here at all!

Not All Disabled People Are Old, Right?

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Wright

Disability does not discriminate, it can affect you no-matter your age, gender, or ethnicity, and anyone who fits the criteria can apply for a blue badge. I know there are people who abuse the system, but let the authorities deal with these people.

An Open Letter to the LGBT+ Community

Lisa Egan | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Egan

The miners were probably the hardest hit during that particular 4 year term of office. And it was deeply heartening to hear a story about another oppressed group the government loathed - the LGBT community - coming to the support of others in solidarity just because it was the right thing to do.

A More Creative Approach to Welfare Benefit Reform Could Have Saved Lives

Hugh Salmon | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So, while the UK was talking about Scotland, someone has died: David Clapson's awful death was the result of grotesque government policies (9 Septemb...

ESA - A Phoney Solution for an Unreal Problem

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Today these two very different problems have become completely muddled. The ESA system, with its demeaning assessments and its ineffective Work Programme, is a sprawling public policy disaster.

Iain Duncan Smith: Using Disabled People as Guinea Pigs Since June 2013

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

PIP has been available to new claimants since June 2013. Most of those who are currently on DLA will not go through the reassessment process until October 2015. However those whose award runs out before that date or whose circumstances change will still be called in, potentially piling delay upon delay.

DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) and Their Fight for Disability Rights

Alan Wyllie | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Government's War on Welfare reaps destruction in its path but one heinous feature of this iniquitous 'reform' appears to have been completely igno...

Is It Time for a New Coalition?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference a new coalition is emerging. Driven by the injustice of a range of policies - all of which target disabled adults, older people, children and war veterans.

Sick and Disabled People Needs Their Doctor's Support

Stef Benstead | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

When it's their word against yours, medical evidence is what proves you're not the one lying. Medical evidence is what says that you are in pain, or you are blind, or you are mentally ill. It's what confirms that you aren't making things up or exaggerating. It's what tells the decision maker to believe your evidence over what the Atos assessor said, or simply to believe your evidence at all.

What PIP Might Have Looked Like, if Tories Read Their Own History

Stef Benstead | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

A new disability benefit should reflect the policy intent that the important factor is not the medical condition but the effect that it has on people's care and mobility needs.

Twenty Metres Stand Between People Living Life and Simply Existing

Claire Nurden | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Politics
Claire Nurden

If claimants can walk more than just 20metres (as opposed to the previous 50metres under DLA) - about the length of two buses, even using aids like sticks - they will no longer qualify for the highest rate of the benefit. It's a cruel twist in that achieving your end goal actually leaves you with nothing.

Bedding Out: When Taking to Your Bed Is Both Activism and Art

Jo Verrent | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

The cuts are hideous. There have been protests and petitions and a growing argument within the disability movement about the nature of activism. For me, Bedding Out also asks is getting angry and shouting the only way to affect change?

NHS Reform: Can Your Doctor Be Trusted or Not?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Surely, if doctors provide false declarations on behalf of their patients, they should be named and shamed and punished just as severely as those 'disabled' people who fiddle the system? Wouldn't such an outcome deter rogue doctors from providing false evidence?

Disability Campaigners To March Against 'Devastating' Welfare Changes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Campaigners representing tens of thousands of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are to lobby the government over welfare changes they claim will res...

Benefit Cuts: A Call to Mobilise the Disabled

Hugh Salmon | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So now we are here in another New Year and, in the UK, the savagery of social welfare cuts continues to slice through our society.

Felicity A Morse

'Dark Days Are Coming' When Disability Living Allowance Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Disabled people insist the Disability Living Allowance is a “lifeline” and impending changes to the benefit are a “huge worry” after a report ...

Scrapping Disability Living Allowance Will Push Disabled People Into 'Poverty Debt And Isolation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Around 500,000 disabled people are expected to lose out when the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is scrapped, a new report has claimed. There has...

Disability Benefit Reforms: The Government are Causing Unnecessary Anxiety and Suffering

David Reilly | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics
David Reilly

The government are putting tens of thousands of disabled people through unnecessary suffering and anxiety by casting such uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to continue to live independently and have the vital resources that they need.

Benefits: In Defence of the Fake Disabled

Jason Reed | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

It's no coincidence that the word 'benefit' is now a dirty word, and by proxy, it now defines the disabled. If you're on benefits, then you are a lowlife by default.

IDS Urges Bishops To Back Off Ahead Of Crucial Lords Vote On Welfare

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Politics

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has hit out at bishops trying to block his welfare reforms, accusing them of ignoring the concerns of or...

The Government's Latest U-Turn On Welfare

PA | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Politics

The government has decided not to press ahead with plans to increase the qualifying period for a new disability benefit to six months. Ministers sa...

Olivia Williams

‘This isn’t a job. It’s not even a profession. It is a way of life’

HuffingtonPost.com | Olivia Williams | Posted 17.09.2011 | UK Politics

The Huffington Post meets one of Labour’s great parliamentary survivors and its youngest new hopeful. The Labour stalwart Margaret Beckett is an...