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News and opinion on pensions and benefits for people with disability.

PIP announcement ‘shows replacing DLA was waste of time and money’

Need to ensure that PIP claimants receiving “the highest level of support get an award duration that is appropriate to the condition and needs arising.

Government’s social care funding failure is terrible news for disabled people

The government will not address the social care funding crisis until the end of next year, despite announcing billions of pounds a year extra for the NHS.

‘Fit for work’ assessor suspended for describing examination that did not...

As a result of her “misleading” report, Service User A was found fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and so ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA).

DWP is failing ‘vulnerable’ claimants of universal credit, says watchdog

Links between DWP’s social security cuts and reforms and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants seen as vulnerable by the department should be looked into.

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.

Tens of thousands in debt to local councils over social care...

Nearly 1,200 people in just two years were taken to court for non-payment of these debts. More than 78,000 people have had debt management procedures started against them by their local authority over social care debts.

DWP silence over new PIP backdating call

People with long-term health conditions have been wrongly deprived of the personal independence payment (PIP) they were entitled to.

Confidentiality concerns over DWP’s pledge to videotape PIP assessments

Concerns about confidentiality, particularly around how the videos would be stored, who would be allowed to access them and what DWP would be able to use them for.

Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained...

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was developing its own IT system that would allow it to “enable more providers to deliver PIP”.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: UN convention ‘must become part of UK...

We need solidarity from non-disabled people, unions, workplaces, friends and families and to say our rights are equal to yours, they are just as important, we are not some unworthy group of people.