Browsing: Black Triangle

Benefits and Poverty John McArdle speaking into a microphone

The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her own government’s welfare reforms with hundreds of suicides. Theresa May used the package of measures that she claimed would “transform” mental health support in
Benefits and Poverty David Clapson head and shoulders

The government has been heavily-criticised by the public spending watchdog for failing to investigate how its own sanctions regime affects disabled people and other claimants of out-of-work benefits. The National Audit Office (NAO) report says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to track the costs and benefits of sanctions, including financial
Activism and Campaigning Debbie Jolly head and shoulders

Activists have paid tribute to Debbie Jolly, a central figure in the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, a passionate advocate of the social model, and a researcher-activist who “brilliantly” exploited links between research and activism, who died last week. One friend and former colleague described her as “a force for good and an exceptional champion
Benefits and Poverty A wheelchair-user sits in front of a stage, while the grass is covered by white flowers

A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that have risked the lives of thousands of benefit claimants. Disability News Service (DNS) reported last month that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Benefits and Poverty John McArdle speaking into a microphone

A disabled activist has told a parliamentary committee that the Scottish government should “speak out more forcefully” about disabled benefit claimants who have died as a result of the “fitness for work” test. John McArdle, co-founder of the Scottish grassroots campaign Black Triangle, was giving evidence to the Scottish parliament’s social security committee as
Benefits and Poverty Entrance to DWP's Caxton House HQ

“Very disturbing” new government figures show a steep fall in the proportion of disabled people being found eligible for out-of-work disability benefits. Disabled campaigners fear the figures show the government is cutting spending on disability benefits “below the radar”, after being forced to abandon its attempts to reduce expenditure on personal independence payment (PIP)
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