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NDIS Budget Blow For People With Disabilities

People with disability around Australia are reeling after the Treasurer’s backflip on funding for the NDIS. People with disability feel betrayed and ambushed by this decision and are left wondering what else is in this year’s budget?

PIP claims could have been decided on unacceptable assessment reports

Disabled campaigners believe the figures raise fresh concerns about the quality of PIP assessment reports and how DWP decides claims.

Mystery over fall in disability benefits paid to older people in...

"Astonishing" figures released by the government show that the number of older disabled people receiving benefits to help with their daily living costs has plummeted since 2011.

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.

DWP figures on ‘unacceptable’ WCA reports cast doubt on decisions made...

DWP decision-makers are frequently deciding ESA claims based on “unacceptable” reports instead of sending them back to Maximus assessors to “rework”.

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.

DWP’s disrepute contract clause ‘is proof charities cannot be trusted’

The decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.

Revelations show DWP is ‘subverting justice’ at appeal tribunals

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers who attend benefit appeal tribunals are being asked by their bosses how many high-level awards to disabled people they have been able to prevent.

Inquiry into terminally-ill woman who died 11 days after agencies withdrew...

A council has been forced to launch an inquiry into the death of a terminally-ill disabled woman, after a public meeting heard how all her personal care had suddenly been withdrawn just a few days before she died.

DWP’s ‘fitness for work’ reviewer handed CBE after refusing to speak...

Concerns have continued to mount that DWP and its ministers took deliberate steps to cover up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.

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