UK

Covering the latest disability news and discussion in the UK or affecting people living in the UK.

PIP assessments to be recorded but other response to MPs’ report...

A similar promise with the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits, not offered.

Admission by aviation regulator is latest step in assistance dogs aircraft...

The aviation regulator is being forced to change guidance that appears to discriminate against many disabled people who want to take their assistance dogs with them on commercial flights.

Concern over balance of major end-of-life conference

Disabled campaigners have raised concerns that a major conference on “end of life choice” – being organised by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) – appears to be tilted in favour of speakers who want to legalise assisted suicide.

DWP in disarray as fresh legal defeat could mean fourth trawl...

Universal credit is not working. It’s not working for [disabled people], it’s not working for parents, it’s not working for low-income and part-time employees and it’s not working for the self-employed.

The PIP Files: Senior MP to write to minister over ‘devastating’...

A senior opposition MP is to write to the minister for disabled people to ask how she plans to penalise government contractors Atos and Capita, following “devastating” revelations about their “shocking” failings in delivering disability benefit assessments.

Anger over Royal Society’s ‘love fest for euthanasia’ conference

Disabled activists have attacked the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for hosting a conference on “choice at the end of life” that was little more than a “love fest for euthanasia”.

Minister for disabled people caught misleading MPs on cuts to support

It was the second time in five months that Sarah Newton has misled MPs in a House of Commons debate about the support provided to disabled people.

Deeply troubling post-2010 fall in older people claiming disability benefit

The percentage of those aged 65 and over who receive attendance allowance (AA) fell by 22.3 per cent in the six years after the coalition came to power in 2010.

ESA sanctions are counter-productive and dangerous

Although sanctioning non-disabled unemployed people does push them into work sooner, those jobs are of lower quality and there are a whole lot of damaging effects on health, family relationships, debt and so on.

Minister suggests ‘realities of the world’ mean government will not halt...

The justice minister responsible for human rights appears to have dismissed calls for the government to do more to protect the social and economic rights of disabled people and other groups.