Atos, Capita, Maximus to be questioned by MPs

On Wednesday 25 May, the disability benefit assessment companies – Atos (Independent Assessment Services), Capita and Maximus (Health Assessment Advisory Service) – are called to answer questions from MPs on the all-party Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into disability benefit assessments. Disabled women and men will be watching closely.  ** Watch online Wednesday at 9.15am … Read more

Universal Credit win on severe disability premiums and disabled child addition

Disabled claimants forced to move onto Universal Credit have won their legal challenge against loss of the full severe disability premium amount again, and also disabled child element. The solicitors Leigh Day said: “In a scathing judgment handed down [on 21 January], the DWP is found to have discriminated against [the claimants TP and AR] … Read more

Benefit assessments: our group statement to MPs

Here is our group statement to the MPs who scrutinise the DWP, for their inquiry into the assessment of disability benefits. The last time they did this was in 2017-2018. We want to share it now as we have been supporting bereaved relatives interviewed in last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches: Truth about disability benefits. The … Read more

Public interest news: Greenwich diverted £21m funds away from social care before charges hike

THANK YOU 853 London news for breaking this story. This shows that Greenwich had previously diverted £21m of the government Better Care Fund away from social care, then increased charges from our disability benefits to squeeze another £1.6m from disabled residents. (The Better Care Funds from government are meant for support in the community so … Read more

Universal Credit: disabled mums & disabled children lose more

In October 2021, disabled claimants were back in court for the third time to challenge benefit losses under Universal Credit compared to previous benefits. We have been supporting the two disabled men, anonymously called TP and AR. This time, Disability News Service reported that a disabled mother and her family who have joined the case, … Read more

Update: Scrap care charges of woman cancer patient

Update about woman cancer patient fighting extortionate care charges by Camden  The woman cancer patient we are helping, thanks everyone for their support.  She says: “Love and care for someone you don’t know is really appreciated.” She was readmitted to hospital last week for treatment for low oxygen due to lung cancer complications. We are … Read more

DWP Green Paper — no benefit cuts!

Here is our response to the DWP consultation: Shaping Future Support — Health and Disability Green Paper Response by WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities) We are a grassroots multi-racial organisation with a UK-wide network, enabling disabled women of different backgrounds and situations to have a voice.  On benefits, we provide self-help information, peer … Read more

Disabled woman left in limbo wins £4,000 UC disability payments

Under COVID, sick and disabled claimants are losing vital benefits due to delays with assessments and decisions.  But with WinVisible’s support, Ms S finally won over £4,000 disability payments in May 2021 plus ongoing payments, after being left in limbo for 16 months stuck on Universal Credit (UC) basic rate.  Ms S has a severe … Read more

Event Sat 17 July 6pm: Welfare and Social Security

This Saturday, we’re delighted to be joining our friends in Scotland and Ontario, Canada for an online discussion organised by Action Against Austerity. WinVisible will be sharing news of how we are winning individual benefit cases, and our welfare demands under the pandemic as disabled women/of colour/mothers and family carers, immigrant and UK-born. Register free … Read more

Justice for Jodey: Fresh evidence shows need for 2nd inquest into death “caused by DWP”

Shared from the Disability News Service By John Pring on 24th June 2021 “Fresh evidence shows that the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were a “central cause” of the death of a disabled women who took her own life after her benefits were wrongly removed, the high court heard this week. The court has … Read more