50,000 disabled people could lose jobs over benefit changes

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 13:42 -- nick

More than 50,000 disabled people could lose their jobs as a result of benefit changes - and this could cost the country hundreds of millions of pounds.

The government is planning reductions in disability mobility payments, and many people use these to get them to and from work.

DWP website now officially a tabloid newspaper

Mon, 26/08/2013 - 13:23 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions press site has crossed the line between information provision and tabloid-style reporting.

It has published a press release titled 'Drag artist jailed for benefit fraud' - days after most media outlets picked it up - on the case of Mark Hawthorne, a 49 year old from Staffordshire.

Atos whistleblower doc tells of forced report changes

Thu, 01/08/2013 - 11:05 -- nick

The doctor at the heart of the Atos whistleblowing case has given an interview telling why he did it.

Greg Wood was employed by Atos to carry out work capability assessments - the test that works out whether disabled and long-term sick people should be forced into work - but says he was repeatedly made to change reports by other staff who had not met the clients.

More young disabled people to access mainstream work

Thu, 18/07/2013 - 18:07 -- nick

The UK government has launched a campaign to get more disabled people into mainstream work.

Research has shown that companies' attitudes are significant barriers to people with disabilities entering jobs, and the campaign, under the slogan 'Disability Confident', aims to overcome these.

Activities will include internships provided to those aged 16-24 with learning difficulties and disabilities, who will get careers advice, CV and interview preparation, training in English language and maths and five-month work placements supervised by further education colleges.

Atos apologises for mistakes in assessing disabled people

Thu, 18/04/2013 - 12:51 -- nick

Atos, the controversial company responsible for assessing long-term sick and disabled people's fitness for work on behalf of the government, has apologised for mistakes it has made.

Speaking to Radio 4's You and Yours programme, Lisa Coleman, the manager who oversees the firm's contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said "If we get something wrong then I'm very happy to say sorry."

MPs criticise Work Capability Assessment

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:03 -- nick

MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have criticised the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the test to find out whether disabled and long-term sick people are fit for work.

The committee found that successful appeals against WCA decisions were running at 38%, far in excess of the figure expected through human error.

The chair of the committee, Labour's Margaret Hodge, said the test was hurting the "most vulnerable" and accused the government of being "unduly complacent" in appearing to treat appeals as part of the process despite the anxiety they caused.

Producer's blog on Panorama - The Great Disability Scam?

Tue, 29/01/2013 - 13:30 -- nick

Kate Ansell, the producer of Panorama - The Great Disability Scam?, has written a blog on her experiences of making the programme.

As a disabled person herself, Kate is clear on how important work is for disabled people, but equally clear that the Work Programme in its current form is not delivering for them.

Read Kate's blog here



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