Ministers back down on ‘mandatory’ activity for ESA support group

Ministers have backed down – at least temporarily – from plans to force all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits to take part in compulsory work-related activity.

7 December 2017

Read the Disability News Service article by John Pring here

The despair of disabled people

A House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people in despair at the system, including dozens who say they have been driven to suicidal thoughts by the process.

27 November 2017

Read The Guardian article here

WinVisible warns of “terrifying insecurity”

A grassroots group has warned MPs that the “terrifying insecurity” caused by the government’s regime of disability benefit assessments is driving disabled women to destitution, and even “hastening their deaths”.

WinVisible has submitted evidence to the Commons work and pensions select committee about the impact of the assessments on some of the many disabled women they have supported with their employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP) claims.

23  November 2017

Read the DIsability News Service article about their submission here

 

Evidence given to Parliament about ESA & PIP Assessments

See the evidence given to a Commons Select Committee about the appalling impact of these assessments.

21 November 2017

Watch and read here

 

Costs of Benefit Assessments

A great article from the advice organisation Benefits & Work explain how much it costs to carry out DWP assessments.

11 December 2017

Read the article here

Department of Health fails to warn NHS of ESA Suicide Risk

The Department of Health (DH) has refused to say why it failed to warn NHS bodies and other local services that claimants of out-of-work disability benefits are at a hugely-increased risk of attempting to take their own lives.

14 December 2017

Read the full article here