Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

 
12 April 2016
The new Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb MP, gave his first major speech today. He spoke of his desire to push forward with the roll out of Universal Credit, the need to halve the disability employment gap and the role of new Work Coaches in Job Centre’s.
 
21 March 2016
Stephen Crabb MP, the new Department for Work and Pensions Secretary, has announced cuts to Personal Independence will no longer be going ahead, as outlined in the Budget, during his first statement in his new role.
 
16 March 2016
Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget, and offered no mention of solving the social care crisis amid further cuts to disability benefits.
 
10 March 2016
Mencap respond to an image that has been circulated on social media today.
 
2 March 2016
This evening (2 March) the House of Commons voted against an amendment voted for by the House of Lords asking for a wide-ranging impact assessment on the impact of cutting the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance.
 
23 February 2016
Today the House of Commons voted in favour of the proposal to cut by £30 a week (a third of the total benefit) the Work Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance. The House of Lords had previously voted against this cut after opposition from Peers, charities, disabled people and the public were expressed during debates on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
 
27 January 2016
Mencap comment on today’s ruling in the Court of Appeal that has declared the so-called “Bedroom Tax” discriminatory.
 
27 January 2016
This evening (Wed 27 January) the House of Lords voted against Government proposals to cut by £30 a week the Work Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance by 283 to 198.
 
23 January 2016
Ahead of a key debate this week in the House of Lords over 30 national charities, members of the Disability Benefits Consortium, and Peers have signed an open letter (below) to Iain Duncan Smith warning that the Government’s cut to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will “push sick and disabled people further away from work and closer to poverty.”
 
19 January 2016
A new survey of 18-35 year olds with a learning disability has revealed almost 1 in 3 are stuck at home on a Saturday and unable to take part in leisure activities, due to public attitudes to learning disability.