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Benefits and Poverty Rick Burgess, seated, in conversation

Disabled activists say government-funded research, which concludes that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the work capability assessment (WCA) was linked to 590 suicides in just three years, is both “damning” and “timely”. Campaigners, doctors and psychiatrists have been warning for several years of strong anecdotal evidence that the programme to
Benefits and Poverty Stephen Carre smiling and stroking a black cat

Disabled activists have called for ministers to face a criminal investigation, over their apparent failure to hand a crucial coroner’s report about the discredited “fitness for work” test to their own independent expert. Earlier this week, a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation revealed that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and employment minister
Activism and Campaigning Dennis Queen speaking, while surrounded by police

Disabled activists have explained why they needed to hold the government to account over its “sickening” and “degrading” cuts by protesting outside this week’s Conservative party conference in Manchester. The protest, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), saw disabled people take a central role in the middle of wider anti-austerity protests that took
Politics Head and shoulders of Jeremy Corbyn

Disabled activists have greeted the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour party’s new leader with huge optimism, and as an opportunity to fight back against government austerity. Many campaigners recognised his past commitment to disability rights, and his record of speaking out on austerity policies. They also noted that he made his first
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
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