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Crippen hears of funding that will be used to build evidence of DPO crisis

New research will seek crucial evidence of the “serious crisis” facing Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across England. Inclusion London told the Disability News Service (DNS) that they have secured ...

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Crippen looks for the scheme that was designed to amplify the voices of disabled people

Do you remember two years ago when the government announced that they’d be setting up nine regional networks to “amplify” the voices of disabled people? Well, two years later and five of them haven’t even held a single meeting! According to Justin Tomlinson, ...

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Crippen pays tribute to the irreplaceable Sian Vasey

Disabled activists have paid tribute this week to Sian Vasey – a much-loved, “multi-layered activist” who played a “pivotal role” in the disabled people’s movement for more than 40 years – who died last week.

Crippen discovers that the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is planning to … er?!

As most of us are aware, face-to-face assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and other healthcare benefits have been suspended since March and the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen asks why has the DWP stopped answering questions?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped answering questions from Disability News Service (DNS), and is refusing to explain why it has taken this “totally unacceptable” step. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen: Government was ‘reckless and negligent’ in approach to social care, say MPs

The government has been accused by MPs of a “reckless and negligent” approach to the social care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Government ...

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Crippen watches Boris Johnson trying to dodge a coronavirus inquiry

In an article in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee writes about a new group that’s been formed to challenge the governments appalling record on Coronavirus deaths. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen hears about a coronavirus grant for disabled people who cannot return to work

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson has finally emerged from wherever he’s been hiding to announce a funding initiative for those disabled people who are unable to return to their place of work and ...

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Crippen and the government’s continuing contempt for disabled people

The new government white paper on the future of the planning system completely ignores the needs of disabled people and the current accessible housing crisis. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen discovers that the DWP loses more money through incompetence than through fraud!

Our friend at Black Isle Media, Alex Tiffin, editor of the Universal Credit Sufferers site has written an impressive article which reveals the true story behind the question of benefit fraud. Disability Arts Online ·