Category - #spartacusreport

  • 16 Jan 2012

    With the government still apparently willing to make sick, disabled and vulnerable people pay for a financial slump brought about by greed, de-regulation and speculation, the press-mediated propaganda assault has begun ahead of the next House of Lords debate on welfare reform (17 January).

  • 16 Jan 2012

    This week the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the House of Lords, following three damaging defeats for the government last week. Disability Living Allowance, the subject of the #spartacusreport, will come into the spotlight. But so will assessment - not least the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which is being used in relation to Employment Support Allowance (ESA). It is the process by which people in receipt of the allowance are formally tested to see if they are "fit for work".

  • 16 Jan 2012

    As the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the Lords, the Lib Dems' deputy leader warns that benefits cap will "damage the lives of hundreds of thousands of children."

  • 12 Jan 2012

    "One of the most fascinating things about the government's wobble on welfare this week has been the critical role of a new breed of disability campaigner in successfully marshalling public and political opposition to the reforms." writes Patrick Butler, Head of Society, Health and Education at the Guardian, today.

  • 12 Jan 2012

    The UK government will press ahead with controversial welfare reforms, according to employment minister Chris Grayling. As a result of powerful evidence from disabled people and their supporters, including the ‘Responsible Reform’ report, several aspects of the Welfare Reform Bill were defeated in the House of Lords on 11 January 2012.

  • 12 Jan 2012

    The extraordinary triple victory on specific benefit issues in the House of Lords on 11 January 2012 has raised questions for a number of people about the larger situation regarding the Welfare Reform Bill. Some of the bill might be helpful, but I want to be very clear today about which parts sick and disabled campaigners know to be unacceptable - and why.

  • 12 Jan 2012

    Buoyed by a stunning victory in the House of Lords, disabled rights activists and their supporters are pledging to step up the campaign for welfare justice.

  • 11 Jan 2012

    The government has suffered an extraordinary threefold defeat on its Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords, as campaigners and peers combined to oppose cuts.

  • 11 Jan 2012

    Catholic Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith says “thousands of families” will be affected by government welfare and legal aid changes and cuts.

  • 11 Jan 2012

    The campaign to challenge the government's welfare reforms (which as well as introducing necessary simplifications are also about making £18 billion worth of cuts and targetting the most sick and vulnerable in society) has made extraordinary use of social media in the past few days.