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The prime minister has been accused of misleading parliament about spending on disability benefits, after trying to defend herself from accusations by a UN committee that her government had caused a “human catastrophe” by cutting disabled people’s support.
Theresa May had been asked about the accusations in yesterday’s prime minister’s questions by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, following a social media campaign led by the grassroots campaign group Black Triangle.
The campaign had questioned why opposition leaders had done so little to highlight the findings of last month’s report by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).
Record numbers of disabled people are winning appeals against a cruel new Tory benefits regime.
Judges ruled 14,077 people should be given Personal Independence Payments (PIP) against the government’s will between April and June – 65% of all cases.
The previous highest total in any three month period was 12,661.
James Taylor of disability charity Scope said: “The PIP assessment is clearly not working.
“Thousands of disabled people are being forced to go through the appeals process just to get the support they are entitled to.”
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Morning session – there will be an information session in a classroom setting to tell you more about DisabledGo and our work.
Afternoon session – you will go out with a DisabledGo surveyor to visit some venues and collect information about their access.
You will be involved in talking to members of staff at venues about what DisabledGo does, taking measurements and using questionnaire’s to note down the information.
Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living.
Plans for the day-long summit were launched at a fringe meeting at the annual TUC Congress in Brighton this week.
Mandy Hudson, who represents disabled teachers on the new National Education Union, and is helping to organise the summit, said: “We are trying to bring together disabled people to organise a reassertion of our rights to independent living.”
About 900,000 disabled people will see their weekly incomes fall by at least £50 a week by 2020, because of the continuing impact of the government’s welfare reforms, according to new research.
The research by the consultancy Policy in Practice found that, of 7.2 million working-age, low-income households, more than two-fifths of those containing a working-age disabled person would lose at least £50 a week, compared with November 2016.
The report, The Cumulative Impact Of Welfare Reform: A National Picture, says the impact of measures introduced after November 2016 will see the average low-income household containing a working-age disabled person lose £51.47 a week by 2020, compared with an average loss of £35.82 for households not containing a disabled person.
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