News round-up, week ending 13th January

News round-up, week ending 13th January

John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-up of the happenings in the disability world the past week.

• Opposition and independent peers have secured three key victories over the government in the battle to reverse its planned cuts to out-of-work disability benefits.

• A new report has revealed “serious inaccuracies” in the assessments of disabled people’s “fitness for work” carried out by the private company Atos Healthcare on behalf of the government.

• The government has failed to explain why its new youth sport strategy contains almost no references to disabled young people.

• Disabled campaigners fighting to ward off the threat of legalised assisted suicide have been forced to launch a fundraising appeal to try to counteract the huge financial resources of their opponents.

• Organisations providing services to disabled people – including disability charities and a hospice – have evaded questions about their links with a commission that has called for assisted suicide to be legalised.

• Disabled activists who spent months preparing a hard-hitting report that reveals how the government misled parliament over its disability living allowance reforms say they are mystified and frustrated by the media’s failure to cover the story.

• London’s Conservative mayor has heavily criticised the government’s planned cuts and reforms to disability living allowance.

• The government misled parliament and the public about the scale of opposition to its reform of disability living allowance, according to a ground-breaking new report researched, written and funded by disabled people.

• The former head of the Disability Rights Commission has warned that the independent voices of disability organisations could be under threat because of gagging clauses attached to government contracts.

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for more than 15 years.

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