Celebrate Paralympians, but remember they needed state help to get there | Polly Toynbee

As we celebrate these super-fit athletes, benefits for disabled people are being cut and views against them are hardeningThe flames are lit, the torches are on the move. Next week an extraordinary spectacle unfolds, revealing super-fit, finely muscled Paralympians doing things few able-bodied people could ever achieve. But will it change public attitudes – and […]
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Atos and Capita named as preferred bidders for PIP disability assessments

Personal independence payment approach to replace disability living allowance likely to require revamp of IT systemsThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded contracts to Atos and Capita to provide Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).Atos has been awarded two of the three lots, for Scotland, north east […]
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Atos and Capita preferred bidders for PIP assessments

Personal independence payment approach to replace disability living allowance likely to require revamp of IT systemsThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded contracts to Atos and Capita to provide Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).Atos has been awarded two of the three lots, for Scotland, north east […]
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Health regulator must learn lessons of breast implant scandal, report warns

Health minister Lord Howe finds MHRA acted appropriately in PIP scandal but needs to improve its communication with publicA government report on the actions of a regulator and the Department of Health during the PIP breast implant scandal has concluded that serious lessons must be learned from the affair, which affected as many as 47,000 […]
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PIP breast implant warnings were inadequate, says MPs’ report

Committee recommends women should be allowed to pay NHS for replacement at same time as free removal of faulty implantsMPs are highly critical of the regulators and private cosmetic clinics that took nearly two years to warn more than 40,000 women that the breast implants they received were substandard.In a report following an inquiry into […]
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PIP breast implant scandal may involve 7,000 more British women

Tests show that substandard silicone was used to fill the implants for much longer than had been thoughtA further 7,000 women may be victims of the PIP breast implant scandal, the government has revealed, following tests that show substandard silicone was used to fill the implants for much longer than had been thought.Health secretary Andrew […]
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Breast implant scandal: 3,500 private clinic patients referred to NHS

Government says it will provide free care for 40,000 women fitted with PIP implants but plans to recover costs from clinicsMore than 3,500 women who attended private clinics to be given breast implants made by a scandal-hit French company have been formally referred to the NHS, government figures show.Statistics released by the Department of Health […]
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Welfare reform bill: what next for disability benefits? – live discussion

After Tuesday’s vote in the Lords, ministers are pushing ahead with DLA reform. But how will the new system work, and who will lose out?12.13pm: Your questions answered (2): Maria Miller on DLA reform and PIP 1. There is widespread concern among disabled people that they will not qualify for PIP under the new assessments. […]
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Welfare reform bill delay blocked as coalition wins vote against amendment

House of Lords rejects Lady Grey-Thompson’s proposal for pilot scheme before disability allowance cuts are introducedThe government fought off a fresh challenge to its controversial welfare reform bill on Tuesday night, when peers rejected a proposal to delay the full introduction of slashed new disability payments after ministers offered concessions.As the cabinet hardened its tactics […]
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Our welfare reforms will help create a sustainable, fairer system | David Freud

Welfare is out of control. This government faces tough choices, but helping those most in need is at the heart of our proposalsComing into office we knew that radical strategies were needed to reform our broken welfare system. The Centre for Social Justice, established by Iain Duncan Smith, began that radical thinking which we have […]
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