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Disabled people are unable to afford the same standard of living as non-disabled people, a charity has warned. A new report from the disability charity Scope found that disabled people have "much less" to live on and are having to fork out an average of £570 a month related to…
A charity has urged Twitter to do more to help disabled users report hate speech against them on the site, claiming it remained too difficult to report disability-related abuse. Muscular Dystrophy UK said the lack of a clear option to label abusive tweets based on disability was preventing more reporting…
A "pervasive lack of trust" among disabled people in the method of assessing their welfare claims risks undermining the operation of the Government's flagship benefits, MPs have warned. Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal - a total…
More than £100 million has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years, new figures show. This is in addition to the tens of millions of pounds spent every year by the Ministry of Justice…
The energy industry is to investigate how it can improve its standards of care and support for vulnerable customers. Trade association Energy UK has launched a new independently-chaired commission which will hold hearings across the UK over the coming months to hear from consumer, elderly, disability and mental health groups…
A company which provides cars for disabled people has stockpiled £2.4 billion of taxpayers' money and pays its chief executive £1.7 million a year, it has been reported. Motability, a charitable scheme which offers cars to wheelchair users in exchange for part of their government-funded mobility allowance, ran up the…
A Government minister has described claims from an SNP MP that people have "taken their own lives as a result of Government's benefit policies" as "appalling and unsubstantiated". Work and Pensions minister Sarah Newton branded the comments shameful as SNP Deidre Brock urged her to "apologise to the victims of…
The Government is going to review all 1.6 million claims for a disability benefit after it decided not to contest a High Court ruling. Ministers previously said accepting the decision over claims by those with mental health conditions could see up to 220,000 personal independence payment (PIP) claimants awarded higher…
A woman in her late 60s who was "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis died in late 2015 after a Court of Protection judge allowed medics to cease artificial feeding. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was "completely incapacitated" and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to…
More than 220,000 people have been given "zero scores" in both parts of the test for disability benefits in only 18 months, according to new figures. Labour's Angela Eagle called the statistics "deeply worrying" and said it reflected growing numbers of cases causing people great distress in her constituency. Personal…
Some 60% of people claiming the main long-term sickness benefit believe the amount of money they get is not enough to live on, according to a major new survey. Labour called the findings from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants "a damning indictment of the Government's treatment of sick and…
Insurance companies risk creating a "genetic underclass" by excluding those who suffer with rare neurological conditions from cover, MPs have heard. SNP MP Gavin Newlands told ministers that action was needed to help those with conditions such as Huntington's Disease get access to insurance. The Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP…
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