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Barnet careworkers fight pay cut with strike action this week on 24 & 25 February

23 Feb 2015: Low paid careworkers at private company Your Choice Barnet strike again this week in protest at a harsh 9.5% pay cut.
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Join the day of action against Maximus

15 Jan 2015: A national day of action has been called on March 2 against Maximus, the company which will take over the despised Work Capability Assessments.
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Campaign to save the Independent Living Fund goes to parliament today! #saveILF

6 Jan 2015: Join the fight against government plans to close the ILF - a fund for extra carer hours for disabled people with the highest support needs.
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#SaveILF: join the mass action to stop the closure of the vital Independent Living Fund

17 Dec 2014: Disabled People Against Cuts is calling for a mass action at the House of Commons at the start of next year to save the Independent Living Fund.
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URGENT ACTION: #SaveILF judgement due 10am Monday 8 December 2014

5 Dec 2014: The Independent Living Fund is used by disabled people with the highest support needs to employ the personal assistants they need to lead independent lives. A court decision on government plans to close the fund is due on Monday.
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Tonight: start the Hashtag Hijack to save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF

27 Nov 2014: The #SaveILF Campaign is touring the most popular UK hashtags to highlight this attack on disabled people's right to independent living.
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Wednesday: rally to stop changes to Access to Work 12pm-1pm Old Palace Yard

28 Oct 2014: Join the protest against changes to Access to Work that are driving deaf and disabled people out of employment and undermining employability.
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New film with the Daily Mirror: Save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF

22 Oct 2014: Today at 12.30pm, there is a vigil to support disabled people who are fighting the government in court for the Independent Living Fund. Watch our film and join the vigil at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Why the Independent Living Fund battle matters so much

3 Oct 2014: The plan to shut the ILF is at the core of the government's callous attacks on disabled people everywhere.
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New short film with the Daily Mirror: Save the Independent Living Fund! #SaveILF

21 Sep 2014: Disabled people talk about their right to live independent lives and the role that Independent Living Fund support plays in that. The government must not be allowed to close the ILF.
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Day of protest this week: End Bedroom Tax! No Sanctions for Claimants!

9 Sep 2014: This Thursday, the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: Say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.
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Court case to fight the closure of the Independent Living Fund set for October #SaveILF

24 Aug 2014: The ILF is the fund severely disabled people use to pay for the extra care hours they need to live independent lives.
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The unreported national scandal of benefit cuts and delays

12 Aug 2014: An extract from a very good piece on the ilegal.co.uk and Disabled People Against Cuts sites about the real impact of benefit cuts.
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Second court case to save the Independent Living Fund will go ahead

7 Aug 2014: The Independent Living Fund is the fund used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra personal assistants they need to live independent lives.
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The full impact of cuts disabled people face

3 Aug 2014: Disability: we now know that this government have harmed the very people they promised us they would protect.
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The Saving Our Safety Net campaign - and the DWP’s response….

17 Jul 2014: The Saving Our Safety Net campaign is up and running - and the DWP's response is already inadequate...
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DWP Unspun - a new website from False Economy

14 Jul 2014: Everything the government doesn't want you to know about work and benefits.
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UK Government breaches international human rights law in treatment of disabled people

8 Jul 2014: A report published this week finds the UK government in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the party and picnic this Friday!

2 Jul 2014: Following their successful action at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, Disabled People Against Cuts continue with their fight to save the all-important Independent Living Fund with a Fourth of July picnic this Friday!
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Save the Independent Living Fund: get your MP to the House of Commons Debate on Wednesday

15 Jun 2014: The future of the Independent Living Fund - the fund that severely disabled people use to pay for extra carer hours so they can live independently in their own homes - will be debated this Wednesday 18 June from 11 to 11.30am.
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New legal challenge to government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund

9 Jun 2014: Last year, the government tried to close the Independent Living Fund. The court of appeal overturned that decision. The government is trying again - so disabled people are going back to court.
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July 4: Independent Living Day party and picnic

5 Jun 2014: On 4 July, Disabled People Against Cuts will hold a day of protest and action as part of the fight to save the Independent Living Fund
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ILF recipient Gabriel Pepper: we must save the Independent Living Fund

29 May 2014: Today, Independent Living Fund recipient Gabriel Pepper gives a speech to the TUC disabled workers' conference explaining why the government must not be allowed to close the ILF.
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Time the DWP explained how it will now adjust Atos WCAs for mental health claimants

21 May 2014: Join the vigil to highlight the DWP's responsibilities to mental health claimants going through the work capability assessment
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the protest at the DWP!

4 May 2014: "We’d Rather Go to Jail Than Die in a Nursing Home": disabled people prepare to battle again to save the ILF
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Save the Independent Living Fund - join the campaign!

21 Apr 2014: The Independent Living Fund is used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra carer hours they need to live independent lives. The government wants to close the fund. The fight to save it is on.
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Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces

17 Apr 2014: Is this the beginning of the end for the free-at-the-point-of-use NHS?
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Barnet careworkers in their own words: how a 9.5% pay cut will destroy services

13 Apr 2014: Your Choice Barnet, the company which run care services for disabled adults for Barnet Council, cuts careworkers' wages by 9.5%.
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New report offers an alternative to failing Atos ESA tests and out-of-work sickness support

9 Apr 2014: A report published today (9th April 2014) aims to kickstart a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK
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Disabled people and the cuts: the statistics and the stories

3 Apr 2014: As newspapers run an alleged case of someone fraudulently claiming benefits, let's remember some other people who’ve been in the newspapers recently.
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Last chance for ESA evidence

16 Mar 2014: You can still fill in the survey for Spartacus' response to the Work and Pension Committee request for evidence on ESA and Work Capability Assessments.
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“A future without the ILF is terrifying:” government’s new attack on the Independent Living Fund

7 Mar 2014: "To callously strip disabled people of their most basic freedoms cannot by any reasonable person be considered a promotion of equality."
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There’s still time to persuade your MP to attend the WOW debate on Thursday

24 Feb 2014: The WOW petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of the impact of "welfare reform" on sick and disabled people. Tell your MP to be there!
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Campaigners to meet at Royal Courts on Friday for bedroom tax appeal judgment

20 Feb 2014: Disabled people and supporters to meet at the Royal Courts of Justice for the Court of Appeal judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge.
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This week: take part in the protests against #Atos

16 Feb 2014: This week on Wednesday February 19, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people on ESA.
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An important survey on the social care system

14 Feb 2014: Carerwatch is running an important survey on people's experiences of the care system, which is under real attack as austerity cuts continue.
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Make sure your MP attends the WOW debate! 11.30am February 27 at the House of Commons

13 Feb 2014: The WOW team have secured 27 February as the date to debate the WOW petition. Let your MP know.
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Get benefit street wise: how benefits really help people

10 Feb 2014: Come with us down a typical street and see who is getting benefits and why.
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Send your ESA and WCA experiences to the Work and Pensions committee enquiry

7 Feb 2014: The parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee wants to hear about your experiences with Employment and Support Allowance, Atos and the ESA work capability assessment.
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The WOW debate is a go - now the WOW petition needs your help again! Contact your MP….

3 Feb 2014: Help secure a full debate on the WOW petition in the House of Commons
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National demonstration against Atos

16 Jan 2014: Next month, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people receiving employment support allowance.
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Who benefits from benefits? A very good post from Sue Marsh

9 Jan 2014: Benefits and social security are extremely important and must be defended. This post, which is from Sue Marsh's site, gives very good insight into this.
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Video from Tyneside MIND: mental health and the work capability assessment

15 Dec 2013: Many people find the process of going through the WCA difficult and distressing and this is reflected in the film.
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Breaking news: government reviewer opposed rollout of #ESA

13 Dec 2013: Ian Duncan-Smith and others took the decision to push nearly 2 million people through a failing test as quickly as they could. Why?
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The second People’s Review of the work capability assessment

9 Dec 2013: This is very much worth a read: the second user-based We Are Spartacus review of the failed Work Capability Assessment that has brought so much distress to so many people.
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IDS to answer questions at parliament today about the Universal Credit disaster…

9 Dec 2013: Iain Duncan Smith must answer questions today about his disastrous universal credit scheme and the DWP's misuse of benefits statistics.
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From Leeds: an excellent case study-based report on the devastating impacts of the bedroom tax

5 Dec 2013: The report draws on evidence from 60 case studies of affected tenants and Leeds City Council statistics (acquired through Freedom of Information requests) to provide a detailed picture of the impact on the bedroom tax.
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An amazing article on the destruction of Barnet services for disabled people

1 Dec 2013: Barnet blogger and journalist Mrs Angry on the fallout from Barnet council's attempt to make a profit out of services for people with learning difficulties.
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Very nearly there - sign the #wowpetition now!

28 Nov 2013: Set up by Francesca Martinez , the Wow Petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people.
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Mirror, False Economy and Moore Lavan film on saving the Independent Living Fund

27 Nov 2013: "This is how I became disabled and this is what the care I need actually looks like each day."
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Emergency Meeting on the Future of Disabled People’s Independent Living in the UK

25 Nov 2013: From DPAC and Inclusion London: this is a pivotal moment for the future of independent living for disabled people in the UK.
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Great victory last week - but the fight for independent living for disabled people must continue

14 Nov 2013: Statement from Independent Living Fund recipients: disabled people of all ages must have the right to live in the community with the personal assistance and professional services they need.
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From the excellent Captain Ska - the Iain Duncan Smith legacy…

13 Nov 2013: Iain Duncan Smith: Foodbanks, poverty, bedroom tax, attacks on disabled people, benefit cuts, appalling Atos decisions - it's all there.
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Have you signed the #WowPetition yet? Only a month left…

12 Nov 2013: The petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people. Nearly 80,000 signatures - sign now!
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Great result: disabled people celebrate victory over government to save the Independent Living Fund

6 Nov 2013: Video and report today as the Court of Appeal today upheld a legal challenge by five disabled people against the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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Sanctions: ‘Punishing Poverty?’ a new report by the CAB

27 Oct 2013: Citizens Advice has a new report which describes the seriousness of sanctions and the dire financial position people end in when they are sanctioned.
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Crisis in the number of mental health beds: does this mean unsafe practice?

22 Oct 2013: More on concerns that the cuts in the number of psychiatric beds are leading to unsafe and possibly illegal practices.
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Vigil to defend #ESA #WCA court decision in favour of mental health claimants

20 Oct 2013: On Monday 21 October and Tuesday 22 October, the Judical Review Appeal for the Atos WCA for mental health claimants will be heard at the Royal Courts in London.
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Help DPAC and MyLegalForum gather data on Jobcentre Plus, the work programme and sanctions

16 Oct 2013: The survey is for people who are on Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) or who have previously been on these social security benefits.
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Vigil to save the Independent Living Fund

13 Oct 2013: On Monday October 14, join Disabled People Against Cuts in support of disabled claimants challenging the government’s consultation on the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
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Not getting adequate care: case studies

7 Oct 2013: We've spoken to many people who have struggled to find adequate care for themselves, or their family members. We're publishing some of the case studies that we made with those people here.
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Roads blocked for justice!

6 Oct 2013: Excellent work from UK Uncut, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Plane Stupid and Fuel Poverty Action yesterday, who blocked roads in a mass protest at cuts to legal aid.
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October vigils at court appeals for ILF and decision on mental health and WCA

27 Sep 2013: Join DPAC and the Mental Health Resistance Network as they fight for the Independent Living Fund and a court decision for people going through the Atos work capability assessment.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: starting 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

25 Aug 2013: The week of action against cuts, austerity and to fight for the rights of disabled people starts this week on 29 August.
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Assess the assessor questionnaire!

22 Aug 2013: Great comedian and political activist Mark Thomas is fronting a six-month Assessing the Assessors campaign. See ths show - and/or if you're online, you can fill in the Assess Atos questionnaire!
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Week of action: protest against austerity, fight for rights and celebrate disabled people!

14 Aug 2013: Our history is full of examples of how disabled community has come together when under attack to fight - and win. Join the Reclaiming Our Futures actions.
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Is Hoban and the DWP letting you know your rights on Atos assessment recordings?

5 Aug 2013: Have you got an employment and support allowance Atos face-to-face assessment coming up? Has the DWP let you know that you can ask for your assessment to be recorded?
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The fight against council tax benefit cuts

30 Jul 2013: Haringey resident Reverend Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay his council tax in protest at the cuts to council tax benefit and other government welfare ‘reforms.’ Support him at court on Friday.
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Bedroom tax judicial review judgment and vigil on Tuesday morning

29 Jul 2013: Disabled people and supporters will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday as the judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge is handed down.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

23 Jul 2013: Join this year’s week of action to protest against austerity, fight for our rights and celebrate disabled people.
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The costs and problems of sourcing medical support information for ESA

19 Jul 2013: Yesterday, the BBC reported that GPs in south east Wales had been told to stop writing letters for patients appealing against decisions to stop benefit payments. That and costs make life very hard for claimants.
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From Jayne Linney: IDS WILL answer for misusing stats

17 Jul 2013: IDS will attend the Work & Pensions Select Committee says Dame Anne Begg chair of the Select Committe today
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The disability stats the government DOESN’T want you to see

8 Jul 2013: When asked "Would you like to see more or less spending on disabled people who cannot work? 46.7% want MORE or even much more. Just 4.1 % want less.
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Big debate Wednesday! - the effects of government policies on disabled people

8 Jul 2013: On Wednesday 10 July, parliament will see a “debate the changes they have made that affect disabled people
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Mental health, WCAs, PIP and the DWP appealing judicial decisions

3 Jul 2013: What happens now for people with mental health illnesses who must go through work capability assessment and Atos and Capita personal independence payment face to face assessments?
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PIP mobility consultation: Making the most of the opportunity to input

1 Jul 2013: Make the most of this opportunity to tell the DWP what we think of the 20-metre walking distance criteria for enhanced rate mobility PIP and other aspects of the Moving around activity.
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The Cruelty in Osborne’s spending review

28 Jun 2013: Sue Marsh: these changes will starve children, push mothers and fathers to foodbanks and charity, force proud men and women to beg.
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More signatures to stop the War On Welfare!

22 Jun 2013: Time for a reblog of the #WOWpetition for more signatures to stop the war on welfare. Please circulate and share and click here to sign the petition!
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Further consultation on the personal independence payment

19 Jun 2013: This is the press release Jane Young put out this week on the DWP’s announcement of a new consultation on the mobility component of PIP
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An update and film trailer from the makers of The Spirit Level documentary…

31 May 2013: Filmmakers are talking to people around the world, in different societies, at different income levels. In this blog, producer Katharine Round talks about making the documentary.
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Hold IDS to account for his misuse of statistics

19 May 2013: Recent reports show the Work and Pensions Secretary misrepresented statistics to make a political point. Sign the petition to hold him to account.
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The high court and the future of the bedroom tax

16 May 2013: Sue McCafferty from We Are Spartacus on the inconsistency, confusion and hardship people are enduring with the bedroom tax.
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Do Atos mental function champions really make WCAs “better”?

15 May 2013: In anticipation of tomorrow's debate on mental health in parliament, we're publishing this story about the problems a group of us have had finding out more about Atos work capability assessment mental function champions.
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Tomorrow: support claimants taking court action against the bedroom tax

14 May 2013: The ten claims, made by a range of people affected by the Bedroom Tax which came into force from 1st April this year, will be heard together over three days starting on Wednesday 15 May.
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Welfare reforms not fit to work: leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tests

7 May 2013: At last year's BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting, doctors voted overwhelmingly to demand that the DWP-Atos Work Capability Assessment end ’with immediate effect’. Campaigners demand action now.
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Independent Living Fund recipient interviews in the Mirror today

1 May 2013: The videos on this page are interviews we made with people who are affected by the government’s atrocious recent decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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Beware of the government’s NHS personal healthcare budgets

24 Apr 2013: The government wants personal health budgets introduced for NHS patients across the country. In this post, Richard Blogger looks at the problems PHBs could create.
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Public meeting to bring Your Choice Barnet back inhouse

10 Apr 2013: Barnet Alliance for Public Services calls on Barnet Council to bring services for adults with disabilities back inhouse after its Your Choice "support services" company runs into financial trouble.
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Why I am suing the government over DLA and PIP

9 Apr 2013: Steven Sumpter at Latent Existence receives Disability Living Allowance. In this post, he explains why he is challenging the government's DLA changes in court and how those changes will affect him.
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PIP faces legal challenge!

8 Apr 2013: Wearespartacus.org.uk challenges changes to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payments replacing DLA or Disability Living Allowance) mobility criteria.
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Tax cut for the richest, tax increase for the poorest and social security attacked

7 Apr 2013: Birmingham against cuts on the unfairness of tax cuts for the rich and tax increases for the poorest.
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Let’s focus on the real cheats

3 Apr 2013: The excellent Harpymarx on the government's attacks on social security...and the ongoing money lost to tax avoidance.
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Want to Shout about ESA? Here’s your chance #ESAendgame

2 Apr 2013: Act together to end the pain of ESA now!
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Bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts, DLA to PIP: a perfect storm all right

31 Mar 2013: As the Independent says today, "Britain's poorest will be hit by a "devastating" barrage of new cuts and taxes tomorrow, as a range of government welfare changes are introduced."
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The reality of time-limited employment and support allowance

25 Mar 2013: A real life story about the effects of limiting contributions-based ESA to just 365 days.
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After their court action this week, Barnet residents march for public services

23 Mar 2013: Barnet residents, campaigners and their many supporters march today in defence of public services and against cuts and the One Barnet outsourcing programme.
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Independent Living Fund users deserve respect, not contempt

17 Mar 2013: Stuart Bracking on the reasons why people with severe disabilities must continue to be supported in independent living.
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From bedroom to ballroom to courtroom: fighting for independence

14 Mar 2013: Writer, performer and Independent Living Fund recipient Penny Pepper on the first day in court to fight government plans to close the ILF.
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Vigil at court hearing: save the Independent Living Fund

11 Mar 2013: Come and support the six disabled people who are going to court to fight the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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ESA SOS - the starting gun

7 Mar 2013: Help Sue Marsh show all politicians of all parties that the public is not ok with employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment.
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ILF closure and the levels of care support disabled people with high support needs can expect

5 Mar 2013: How the closure of the Independent Living Fund puts the problems of council care funding into sharp focus
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More from disabled people on the closure of the Independent Living Fund

4 Mar 2013: More testimonies from people who will lose much-needed carer hours if the ILF closes.
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What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means to disabled people

1 Mar 2013: ILF receipients explain why people with severe disabilities require extra care funding and what the loss of that funding will mean.
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Our council tax benefit cut research and ILF videos in Guardian

28 Feb 2013: Our latest research and stories in the Guardian
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Benefit cuts opposition and calls for benefit summit

11 Feb 2013: The Campaign for Benefit Justice has called a summit to bring together tenants, disabled people, trade unions, the unpaid and the low paid as one national voice.
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Discussions with people affected by the closure of the Independent Living fund

6 Feb 2013: The social care crisis will not be improved by the government's decision to close a fund for people with complex care needs.
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Will Labour protect disabled people? Pat’s Petition goes to Westminster to find out

21 Jan 2013: Help lobby for a cumulative impact assessment of the effects of cuts on disabled people and carers.
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WCA descriptors fail, DWP fails, Atos fails: a case study

18 Jan 2013: DPAC publishes a recent case which calls the ESA work capability assessment further into question.
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Changes to mobility allowances under PIP – ask your MP to stop this injustice!

13 Jan 2013: Thousand of people are likely to lose their entitlement to mobility allowances under government plans.
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Enough of the shirkers rhetoric: people have reasons for needing support

9 Jan 2013: Interviews with people who have been on benefits for the longer-term.
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DPAC now has an official song for 2013!

6 Jan 2013: See the new video from Disabled People Against Cuts.
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Have you signed the WOW petition? Nearly 8000 signatures already!

28 Dec 2012: Calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare "reform" and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on needs.
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Taking the fight to the government in 2013

24 Dec 2012: Fighting the government and cuts to social security in 2013 - we'll see you there.
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More distress for people with disabilities: Independent Living Fund to close

21 Dec 2012: Government decides to abolish a key source of independent living support.
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Well over 100,000 to lose Motability vehicles under draconian new rules

16 Dec 2012: PIP rules mean that many disabled people will no longer qualify for the all-important Motability scheme.
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Making poor people poorer is no way to economic growth

5 Dec 2012: A few views on Osborne's autumn statement...
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Results from DPAC survey of work capability assessment experiences

19 Nov 2012: The survey show the ways that people are being driven to crisis point by work capability assessments.
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Why I have a two-bedroom council house and why I’m worried about the bedroom tax

29 Oct 2012: The latest of our interviews with people who are dealing with fallout from welfare cuts.
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The Billion Pound Gamble - new film about cuts and privatisation in Barnet

5 Oct 2012: Come to the premier of a brand new film about life in Barnet as the council moves towards a mass-outsourcing project.
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Trouble getting a fit note or medical support information for ESA?

3 Oct 2012: We've been approached by people on ESA and welfare rights advisors who have struggled to get fit notes.
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There’s still time to sign Pat’s petition against cuts to benefits and services

27 Sep 2012: Now with nearly 50,000 signatures, Pat's petition calls for a review of the impact of welfare changes.
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My son has schizophrenia and I fear for his health in DLA reassessments

5 Sep 2012: One parent's concerns for her son as the government phases out disability living allowance.
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Have you signed Pat’s petition?

29 Aug 2012: As protests against Atos continue - sign Pat Onions' petition against cuts to benefits and services for people with disabilities
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DWP: we have no plans to offer PIP claimants audio recordings of assessments

26 Aug 2012: More on the fight to secure recordings of work capability and PIP assessments
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Factsheet: cuts and changes to social care and disability benefits

14 Aug 2012: At-a-glance information about obtaining care services, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance
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Drastic cuts to mental health services

12 Aug 2012: Repost of some of our FOI data: cuts to mental health groups and services around the country.
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Join The Atos Games with Disabled People Against Cuts!

1 Aug 2012: Join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games From Monday 27 to Friday 31 August
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Help us create a factsheet on social care and welfare “reforms”

24 Jul 2012: We want to create short factsheets for at-a-glance information on care and social security changes.
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More on recording work capability assessments - is Atos right, or the DWP?

22 Jul 2012: We've been seeking further clarification on recording Atos work capability assessments.
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Trying to record Atos work capability assessments

10 Jul 2012: Can people record their work capability assessments? We're trying to find out.
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Councils’ lack of cash hits 7,000 elderly and disabled people

8 Jul 2012: Our FOI research into social care cuts is in the Independent today.
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Disability hate crime, benefit “fraud” campaigns and the hardest hit

13 Jun 2012: Press campaigns against people on benefits and responses from a Hardest Hit conference.
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The implications of contributory ESA time limits

30 Apr 2012: In this post, Louise Whittle explains the effects that the new ESA eligibility time-limit will have on her.
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Video: The battle over Derbyshire county council youth services

29 Apr 2012: Service users and local people fight a Derbyshire county council proposal to cut youth service budgets and outsource.
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NHS and social care cuts - False Economy updates

24 Apr 2012: An update on some of the cuts information we've entered into the site recently.
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ESA and my experience of skills training ….. A4E style!

14 Apr 2012: A4e training and losing ESA from the end of April: the realities of welfare reform.
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Video: why we need the NHS and why we need DLA

12 Apr 2012: More service users talk about the NHS, care, failing Atos assessments and welfare reform changes
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The ongoing fight for care

21 Mar 2012: As the cuts bite, people with disabilities face challenges to stay in their own homes.
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A Tale of Two Barnets: film premiere

15 Mar 2012: A documentary about people in Barnet trying to cope with public sector cuts.
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The chaos for families caught in care cuts

13 Mar 2012: The first in our series of interviews with those dealing first-hand with swingeing cuts to benefits and local services.
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Benefit fraud - the levels are very low

27 Feb 2012: Official figures show the low levels of benefit fraud
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Crowdsourced research reveals strong opposition to disability benefit reform

9 Jan 2012: Freedom of Information-based research finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over hostility to disability benefit reform
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My gym has hiked fees for disabled users by 2000%. It will save nothing

13 Dec 2011: Exercise plays an important part in preventing me from breaking my bones – but I can no longer afford my gym
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Sign Pat’s petition against cuts to disability services

6 Dec 2011: Pat Onion, who is both disabled and her husband's carer, explains why she launched her petition
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Don’t be old, don’t be ill: one year of council cuts

25 Nov 2011: Kate Belgrave surveys a year of council cuts that have often hit society's most vulnerable
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Disabled people are being hit hard. Join us to protest on 22 October

14 Oct 2011: Having promised to protect the most vulnerable, the Government is pressing ahead with swingeing cuts to benefits and services vital to disabled people.
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Stop demonising disabled claimants: an open letter to Richard Desmond

9 May 2011: You acted with generosity in sponsoring my daughter's hospital. Now it's time for your words to catch up with your actions.
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Benefit reform will leave sick and disabled people trapped on the dole

28 Apr 2011: Objections to welfare reform are economic as well as moral.
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Like playground bullies, journalists and politicians gang up on the sick and disabled

22 Apr 2011: The government hits us hard, while national newspapers call us scroungers and skivers
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Cuts will hit disabled people especially hard. Protest with us on 11 May.

19 Apr 2011: Disabled people and those with health conditions are being disproportionately affected by government cuts. They need solidarity.
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Disability Living Allowance: The meanest cut of all

1 Feb 2011: Welfare is perceived as an easy target by this government, which willingly promotes the "benefit scrounger" stereotypes of much of the mainstream media.
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Disabled campaigners respond to scrapping of Disability Living Allowance

7 Dec 2010: Although government plans for DLA aren't making the headlines in the way that student tuition fees are, they deserve equal attention.
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