Category - disability

  • 30 Sep 2015

    The Work Capability Assessment is indefensible. It needs to be scrapped. The full extent of the distress and damage it has caused may never be fully known, but all who understand, or who have not got a blindly ideological commitment to it, now say it needs to be stopped.

  • 25 Sep 2015

    The independent researcher, Stef Benstead, and the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, have today announced the start of a research project aimed at developing an alternative to the failed Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

  • 25 Sep 2015

    Ekklesia is committed to the abolition of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). We are therefore working with Stef Benstead, an independent researcher who lives personally with the issues she is researching, to help develop a new system designed by disabled people. We invite you to take part in our survey. Trigger Warning: The survey is a standard questionnaire which we hope the majority of people will feel comfortable with. We are aware, however, that for some people, filling in a questionnaire like this will remind them of the distress caused by the WCA. If you feel this may be the case for you but have ideas about the new system, we invite you to send your thoughts via the email address provided.

  • 25 Sep 2015
  • 23 Sep 2015

    The hanging of a paralysed Pakistani man, which had been expected to take place yesterday (22 September) has not gone ahead, after a magistrate issued a last-minute stay of execution.

  • 20 Sep 2015

    The family of a paraplegic death row prisoner in Pakistan have begged the authorities to cancel plans to execute him on 22 September.

  • 15 Sep 2015

    The Lahore High Court has ruled that a disabled death-row inmate can be hanged, in a judgment suggesting Pakistan’s international obligations “should be kept aside.”

  • 21 Aug 2015

    A Government-appointed medical board in Pakistan has confirmed that a prisoner facing execution in the coming weeks has no use of his lower limbs and is “bed bound.”

  • 17 Aug 2015

    The WOW campaign today launches a new e-petition to remind the government that they have failed to honour the parliamentary motion in support of the WOWpetition.

  • 13 Aug 2015

    Of all welfare reform policies, the benefit cap has resonated most strongly with the public, and gained most support from across the political spectrum. As a headline policy it has been easy to explain and to promote. When politicians asked, 'why should people get more on benefits than others get by working?', people tended to agree. Why should they?