News round-up, week ending 28 February
John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-up of the happenings in the disability world the past week.
- Activists hope an historic House of Commons debate will prove a significant step towards forcing the government to assess the overall impact of its welfare reforms on disabled people, and to scrap the hated “fitness for work” test.
- MPs have backed demands for the government to assess the true damage caused by its welfare reforms to the lives of disabled people, after an historic debate in the House of Commons.
- A peer is to ask the public spending watchdog why a long-awaited probe into the government’s new disability benefit ignored serious concerns over the award of a £184 million assessment contract.
- The government’s “fitness for work” contractor has failed to produce a single piece of evidence to back up its claim that it is withdrawing from the contract because of “death threats” against its staff.
- One of the UK’s two major disabled people’s representative organisations appears to have staved off the threat of insolvency.
- Scrapping disability living allowance and replacing it with the new personal independence payment could affect access to more than 100 local authority services, according to the disabled councillor who leads on equality for the capital’s councils.
- A disabled teenager who drowned in a bath while in the care of an NHS trust was a victim of “institutional disablism”, say campaigners.
- The Department for Work and Pensions was yet again mired in confusion this week after the minister for disabled people failed to tell MPs that he had called a halt to most repeat “fitness for work” tests.
- Two disabled peers are backing efforts to introduce a change in the law that would remove a major barrier to justice for victims of disability discrimination.
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