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Benefits and Poverty Iain Duncan Smith head and shoulders

A court has ruled that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) was “unreasonable”, “irrational” and acted “unlawfully” by delaying payments of his new disability benefit to two disabled people. The high court said the delays of up to 13 months in payment of personal independence payment (PIP) – which is gradually replacing
Activism and Campaigning

A company that used the online marketplace eBay to advertise a “vile” car bumper sticker that suggested disabled people were faking their impairments has been forced to apologise and withdraw it from sale. The £2.50 sticker featured the traditional wheelchair symbol, alongside the words: “Not Really, Just Lazy.” One disabled Twitter-user, @IanmAllan, tweeted: “That
Politics Outside view of the Houses of Parliament

Disabled people should prepare themselves for more cuts and further attacks on their rights over the next five years disabled campaigners have warned in the wake of this week’s Queen’s speech. The speech, which laid out plans for what the prime minister called a “one nation government”, confirmed his party’s pledge to introduce further
Politics Protester in wheelchair holding sign saying 'The needy, paying for the sins of the greedy'

Leading disabled figures have warned that the chancellor’s “ominous” failure to mention disability or social care in this week’s budget could be a sign that he plans to target disabled people’s support and services for fresh cuts. George Osborne promised £12 billion-a-year in further cuts from the welfare budget, and £13 billion in other
Education Greg Clark MP

The government has announced a further delay to its proposals to restrict the funding that helps disabled students attend university, days after two young people won permission to challenge its plans in the courts. Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced this week that changes relating to “accommodation, peripherals and
Benefits and Poverty Sign outside DWP's Caxton House HQ

Short-cuts introduced to reduce the backlog of applications for the government’s new disability benefit have made it easier to reject claims, according to the main union representing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff. The union’s evidence suggests that efforts to cut the “huge backlog” of claims for personal independence payment (PIP) have instead
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