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?

It's Time To Break Away From Cuts To Disability Benefits

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Michelle Mitchell

No main political party has yet committed to no further cuts for disability benefits. This election presents an opportunity to provide reassurance and security to people with MS and other disabled people - many of whom are really struggling.

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!

'Appalling' Undercover Film Shows Disability Benefits Assessor Calling Woman 'Too F**king Fat'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An undercover investigation has revealed "appalling" conduct at the company that assesses disabled benefits claimants, including an assessor saying a ...

IDS Falls On His Sword - So?

John Watson | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Watson

It is acknowledged in Mr Duncan Smith's resignation letter that the changes to Personal Independence Payment system are defensible in narrow terms. That is hardly a surprise as he had agreed them and anyway, whether the changes in criteria were the right ones, clearly something had gone wrong with a scheme that had moved so far from its target.

While We Talk About Tory Splits, Let's Not Forget How United They Are in Their Treatment of the Disabled

Dan Jarvis | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

After a litany of failure, it's now time that Osborne recognised the damage and pain these cuts will cause and end his targeting of disabled people. This is the right thing to do not just for disabled people - but for all of us who believe in a fair, decent and caring country.

Charities Cannot Ignore Political Events and Should Be Ready to Pounce

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Charities have rightly been arguing against specific benefit cuts on behalf of their members and their beneficiaries; drawing evidence from disabled people, carers and also from their own professional staff; and making the case for excluding some of the most vulnerable and poorest members of society from further cuts to their limited income.

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

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.

Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

Paul Farmer | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

Whoever forms the next Government must acknowledge and tackle the many barriers people with mental health problems face in finding and retaining a job. The benefits system is very complex and we often hear how people struggle to navigate it, so we also need to ensure such individuals can access advice and support to help them.

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.

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?

You Wait Ages at a Bus-Stop and Then... Two Go Straight Past

Matthew Bond | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Bond

Disabled people and the welfare state, however much the Tories might tell you otherwise, did not cause the financial crisis, bankers running casinos in their trading floors did. In these tough times disabled people need more support from society, not less.

Department of Work and Pensions Blunders, Exposes Dirty Washing in Public

Jane Fae | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

In this instance, a DWP official appears to have mistakenly believed that sticking blocks of colour over sensitive sections of the document would serve to keep them confidential. Unfortunately, as is well known in the IT world, this is not an effective way of redacting material.

PIP Implants Boss Jailed In France

Cosima Ungaro | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

Jean-Claude Mas, founder of the French company PIP, which produced substandard breast implants has been jailed for bail default. After being taken ...

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.

Private Clinics Claim 'No Skills' To Treat PIP Patients

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK

Private clinics at the centre of the PIP breast implant scandal are claiming they do not have "the skills" to treat affected patients, experts have wa...

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...

The Week That Was

Carla Buzasi | Posted 08.03.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

You'd have been forgiven for thinking The Sun had taken over the national press this week what with all the column inches devoted to British women's breasts... As thousands of women counted down the days and hours to discover the official line on the potential ticking time-bombs sitting within their bodies, arguments raged over whether it was fair the tax payer foot the bill for the removal of the PIP implants and in amongst it all we appeared to gloss over the more important issue at hand: why so many thousands of women, year after year, feel compelled to have surgery in the first place.

Surgeon: All Women Should Have Faulty Breast Implants Removed

PA | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK

All women with faulty breast implants should have them removed given the "uncertainty and lack of knowledge" about the extent of the problems, a leadi...