Independent Living
Benefits and Poverty
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PIP computer system crashes again… twice

Problems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues. The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a fortnight, leaving disabled callers unable to get through to lodge their claims.
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Arts, Culture and Sport
Crime
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Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his suicide. Last week, the parents of David Barr (pictured), from Glenrothes, Fife, called for former work and pensions ministers
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Nearly one in three staff laid off by HMRC are disabled, says union

Nearly a third of employees who have lost their jobs in an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) compulsory redundancy programme are disabled people, union officials have revealed. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) demonstrated against the redundancies outside HMRC’s Reading offices this week.  They are angry that out of 79 compulsory
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Bus companies ‘using loopholes’ to evade access laws

Public transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear. They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes to allow them to cut costs and use ageing, inaccessible buses. Access laws state that all buses
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