How I saw Stephen Hawking’s death as a disabled person

Stephen Hawking was a renowned scientist famed for his work on black holes and relativity. He published several popular science books such as A Brief History of Time. Professor Hawking was also a wheelchair user who lived with motor neurone disease from the age of 21. Yes, he was an award-winning scientist, but a lot […]

Thefts of disabled blue badge parking permits quadruple in England

Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have quadrupled in the past four years, figures show. Some 2,921 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2016-17, compared with 656 in 2012-13, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). The latest annual figure represents a year-on-year rise of 14%. Around 2.4 million disabled people in […]

DR UK on Commons Committee report on ESA-PIP public contract failures

Commenting on the Work and Pensions select committee report into PIP and ESA assessments, Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK said: “Sadly there are no surprises in the strong language being used by the select committee in this report – hundreds of thousands of disabled people are being failed by the assessment […]

Disability benefit assessors failing to meet Government’s quality standards

All three private firms contracted to assess people for disability benefits are failing to meet the Government’ s own quality standards, leading to decisions being made based on inaccurate or incomplete assessments, new research shows. A report by the Work and Pensions Committee found failings in the assessment process have contributed to a “pervasive lack of trust” in the system and an “untenable human costs” to claimants, as well as financial costs to […]