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DWP is failing ‘vulnerable’ claimants of universal credit, says watchdog

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is failing to support “vulnerable” claimants and is unable to monitor how they are being treated under its new universal credit benefit system, according to an investigation by the public spending watchdog.

Call for national research as fears grow over loss of DPOs

There is an “urgent” need for research into the hidden issue of disabled people’s organisations across the country that are being forced to close because of funding problems, say campaigners.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: ‘Critically-flawed universal credit must be scrapped’

Disabled trade unionists have voted overwhelmingly in favour of scrapping the government’s much-criticised universal credit benefits system.

Equality watchdog ‘considering legal action against government’ over rail access failures

The equality watchdog is considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service, according to a leading disabled expert.

Disabled people face ‘hidden crisis’ in accessible housing

Disabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and face a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes, according to a new report by the equality and human rights watchdog.

Health and Social Care Committee report: The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation

The Government’s proposed Green Paper on young people’s mental health lacks any ambition and will provide no help to the majority of those children who desperately need it.

Feel the beat: deaf fans fight for access to live music

The myth that deafness impedes appreciation of music is gradually being debunked – and new technology is helping. But marginalised deaf fans say attitudes are still a huge problem

Sharp rise under-11s referred for mental health help

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children under 11 referred for mental health treatment by schools in the last four years, figures show.

EHRC appoints eight disabled people to advisory committee

The equality and human rights watchdog has appointed eight disabled people to its disability committee, including leading activists, advisers and academics.

Government response to damning inquiry into disability benefit system 'falls short', say MPs

The government’s response to a damning inquiry into the disability benefit system “falls short”, MPs have said, after it refused to accept a number of recommendations designed to restore trust in the assessment process.