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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.
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.
Helping the most marginalized people in society feel comfortable in a new and alien environment, where they were isolated from their peers, required a different approach that went beyond finding them a place to live.
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.
The government was making “brutal cuts” to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding. The cuts would have a “significant adverse effect” on the education and job prospects of disabled children.
There is “a clear and direct link between universal credit and starvation”, with food bank referral rates more than double the national average in areas where there has been a full UC roll-out.
The suspicion will 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.
The level of reserves held by Motability Operations – at £2.4 billion – is “out of proportion to the risks it faces” and it calls on the company to cut its prices or make “very substantially higher charitable donations”.
DWP should reconsider its decision to offer only a partial backpayment of the money owed to 70,000 disabled people who for years were not receiving the correct level of out-of-work benefits.