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Iain Duncan Smith says work capability assessments don't work and are 'too harsh'

Former minister for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that work capability assessments given to sick people are “too harsh” and offer a “cliff edge” choice between work and no work.

Disability activists block House of Commons entrance in cuts protest

Protesters in wheelchairs blocked the MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons to demonstrate against disability cuts, supported by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who reportedly helped the activists through security.

Prince Harry launches brain injury card in Suffolk

Prince Harry is to visit a Suffolk charity next week in order to launch a new card to help protect people with brain injuries.

Over Half Of Foodbank Users Are Households With A Disabled Person

A report by the University of Oxford published last week has found that over half of Trussell Trust foodbank users belong to a household with a disabled person in it. The report also found that benefits sanctions and delays in benefits payments are a major cause of foodbank use, with claimants in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance particularly at risk.

Years of austerity have left personal assistance in ‘very fragile state’

The concept of personal assistance has been severely damaged by years of austerity and policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living, leading figures in the disability movement have warned.

Blind student can finally see - and read about his beloved football club - thanks to 'talking glasses'

A blind student has been given the gift of sight thanks to an incredible pair of talking glasses.

Patients increasingly forced to crowdfund their own wheelchairs as NHS provision not enough, doctors warn

Doctors have urged the NHS to improve its wheelchair provision as it emerged a growing number of patients are using crowdfunding to pay for their own wheelchairs.

Almost 6,000 mental health patients sent out of area for care last year

Almost 6,000 mental health patients had to be sent far out of their local area for treatment last year, with some travelling hundreds of miles, according to NHS figures.

The waiting time for a vital disability benefit has risen hugely in 6 months

People are waiting around three months from first registering to find out if they have been given Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Queen’s speech: May ‘abandons’ election pledge on access

A Conservative election promise to tackle some of the discrimination faced by disabled people appears to have been abandoned, with no mention of the pledge in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.