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Rationing NHS hearing aids will punish people for being deaf

22 September 2015
At least 500 people could lose their right to free hearing aids in a sign of what the Tories’ future holds for the NHS, reports Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Were claimants killed by benefit changes? DWP won't tell

21 July 2015
How did 49 people die after cuts or changes to their disability benefits? 

Campaigners stop evictions in Bromley and Glasgow

14 July 2015
Campaigners in both Bromley, south London, and Glasgow stopped two evictions in the past week.

'Howls of protest' as Osborne's Tory budget targets the poor

07 July 2015
Millions of working class people began this week in fear as Tory chancellor George Osborne prepared for his budget.

Oppose Tory budget cuts

30 June 2015
As the Tories prepare to unleash obscene levels of cuts to welfare spending Dave Sewell talks to a disabled activist about resisting the impact of their assault on disability benefits

Take on the Tories - disabled mother made homeless by the cuts speaks out

02 June 2015
Tory austerity is wrecking working class lives across Britain—and their latest assault will only make things worse.

After five years attacking the poor, the Tories are back for more

19 May 2015
The new Tory minister for disabled people is against protecting benefits for cancer patients and disabled children.

Disabled People Against Cuts hold day of action to minimise Maximus

03 March 2015
There were protests outside 31 Maximus offices and assessment centres across Britain on Monday of this week, as it began testing sick and disabled claimants of ESA benefit.

News round-up

24 February 2015
Privateer Maximus takes over Work Capability Assessments; Scottish prison plans; Cardiff Abortion Rights' March for Choice

Reports round-up

24 February 2015
ITV workers move towards strike | Fast Food Rights campaign meeting |Justice Alliance | Barnsley Freedom Riders | protests against Work Capability Assessments

Disability campaigners Independent Living Fund protest

06 January 2015
Disabled people Against Cuts (Dpac) and the Save ILF campaign held a protest outside Parliament on Tuesday of this week. It was against the closure of the Independent Living Fund, which was upheld by the Appeal Court last month

Charges against Barnsley Freedom Riders dropped

28 November 2014
The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against freedom riders Tony Nuttall and George Arthur as “there is not enough evidence to obtain a prosecution”.

News round-up

30 September 2014
Wages could continue to fall for years to come; disabled child aged ten had to sleep in a dog cage; construction workers win improved toilet facilities after an unofficial strike

Woman dies after benefits cut off - but Tory calls for new attacks

12 August 2014
Annette Francis was owed hundreds of pounds due to the backlog caused by the government's move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment. An inquest heard that the financial pressure led to her committing suicide. Now Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith is calling for even harsher changes to the benefit system.

Barnsley freedom riders say, 'prepare for Autumn action'

29 July 2014
Nearly 100 disabled and older people arrived at Barnsley Rail Station on Monday of this week for the latest Freedom Ride.

House of Lords debate assisted suicide bill

22 July 2014
The House of Lords debated a bill last week that would legalise assisted suicide for some terminally ill people.

Disability campaigners sit in at Westminster Abbey

01 July 2014
Some 75 people occupied Westminster Abbey grounds in central London last Saturday, in protest against Tory plans to scrap the Independent Living Fund (ILF) disability benefit.

Barnsley freedom riders return unbowed

30 June 2014
More than 100 people joined a freedom ride protest in Barnsley today, Monday. Disabled people, pensioners and their supporters gathered to lobby a meeting of the South Yorkshire Transport Executive.

Support grows for South Yorkshire freedom riders after police violence at protest

25 June 2014
Support has flooded in for freedom ride protesters in Barnsley after police arrested two protesters on Monday of this week.

Pensioners and disabled people 'appalled' at police violence on freedom ride protest

24 June 2014
Northern Rail Transport Police turned to violence to try and break protests by pensioners and disabled people in South Yorkshire this week.

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