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a cartoon of Theresa Coffey in front of select committee

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 ...

cartoon about Covid 19 cover up

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 ...

a cartoon about accessible housing

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 ·

Crippen remembers Bert Massie

Speaking with some fellow Crips the other day, I was surprised to hear that some activists still regard the late Bert Massie as a bit of a turn coat. Disability Arts Online ·

a cartoon about hospital access

Crippen and discriminatory hospital visiting policy

Fleur Perry, disabled journalist and campaigner, has been fighting since April of this year to change NHS hospital visitors policy which discriminates against disabled people. Disability Arts Online ·

The Challenge; Dreams and Wishes

Blue Collar, White Collar. Class War. Comrades bleed on the factory floor. The dead remain sat typing at their desks. I am put in mind of the Highgate Society Poetry Group’s monthly challenge (this one being for March 2019). I take a walk to walk off my blues, return to ...