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1940-01-012024-05-15 Activism, Campaigning and Resistance


Alan McArdle
Alison Ravetz
Amber Rudd
Angus Robertson
Ben Baumberg Geiger
Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts
Black Triangle Campaign
Boris Johnson
Brian McArdle
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Medical Association
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychological Society
Carer Watch
Carol Black
Centre for Welfare Reform
Channel 4
Child Poverty Action Group
China Mills
Chloe Smith
Christian Wilcox
Citizens Advice
Colin Traynor
Conservative Party
Court of Appeal
Daily Mail
David Barr
David Cameron
David Clapson
David Freud
David Gauke
Debbie Abrahams
Deidre Brock
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Health
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Security
Department of Social Security
Diane Hullah
Disability Murals Project
Disability News Service
Disability Rights UK
Disabled People Against Cuts
Disabled People’s Direct Action Network
Disabled People’s Organisations
Dolly Sen
Dr Paul Litchfield
Dr Stephen Carty
Ed Miliband
Edward Jacques
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Errol Graham
Faiza Ahmed (Sophie)
Frances McCormack
George Osborne
Gordon Waddell
Hannah Kemp-Welch
Iain Duncan Smith
Inclusion London
Jackie Doyle-Price
James Oliver
James Purnell
Jane Bence
Jeremy Corbyn
Job Centre Plus
Jodey Whiting
John Major
John McDonnell
Joseph Rowntee Foundation
Joy Dove
Kamil Ahmad
Karen Sherlock
Keith Joseph
Ker Featherstone
Kevan Jones
Kim Burton
Labour Party
Lawrence Bond
Liam Byrne
Liberal Democrats
Lilian Greenwood
Linda Wootton
Liverpool University
Liz Crow
Liz Sayce
Lord Bach
Luke Alexander Loy
Mad Pride
Malcolm Harrington
Mansel Aylward
Maria Eagle
Mark Barber
Mark Harper
Mark Wood
Marsha de Cordova
Mary Hassell
Mental Health and Unemployment in Scotland
Mercy Baguma
Michael Meacher
Michael O’Sullivan
Mike Penning
Mike Wood
Ministry of Justice
Moira Drury
National Audit Office
National Health Service
New Approach
Nick Dilworth
Nick Wikeley
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Pat’s Petition
Paul Donnachie
Paul Farmer
Paul Reekie
Peter Hain
Peter Lilley
Peter Schofield
Philip Pakree
Philippa Day
Priti Patel
Psychologists Against Austerity
Public Law Project
Rachel Reeves
Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance
Recovery in The Bin
Revolving Doors
Richards Caseby
Rick Burgess
Roy Curtis
Scottish National Party
Scrap Universal Credit Alliance
Sheila Holt
Sir Leigh Lewis
Sisters of Frida
Social Security Advisory Committee
Spartacus Network
Stephanie Bottrill
Stephen Carré
Stephen Crabb
Stephen Smith
Steve Webb
Supplementary Benefits Commission
Susan Roberts
Terence Talbot
The Express
The Green party
The Mental Health Resistance Network
The National Autistic Society
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research
The One Nation Group
The Sun
Theresa May
Therese Coffey
Thompson Hall
Tim Salter
Timothy Finn
Tom Osborne
Tony Blair
UK Council for Psychotherapy
United Nations
Vince Laws
William Beveridge
Work and pensions committee
WOW Campaign
Yvette Cooper
The Union of Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) Statement.
Child Poverty Acton Group (CPAG) writes to the Social Security Advisory Committee.
Child Poverty Action group raises concerns over removal of “significant risk” clause – finding that the Social Security Advisory Committee had been ‘misled’ by the DSS.
Disabled activists protest over welfare cuts outside Downing Street.
‘Permanent Health Insurance’ Westminster Hall debate by Clive Efford MP debated the increasing wrongful denial of PHI claims.
Dr Alison Ravetz criticises government’s New Deal for Welfare warning of incalculable stress for those forced into work and predicting future harms.
Formation of Black Triangle Campaign to “galvanise opposition to the current vicious attack on the fundamental human rights of disabled people by the Government”, and in memory of Paul Reekie.
Formation of The Mental Health Resistance Network set up “by people who live with mental distress in order to defend ourselves from the assault on us by a cruel government”.
Calum’s List website is created as a memorial page to remember “welfare reform deaths.”
Report finds government misled parliament over opposition to disability living allowance reform, and Spartacus Network is launched.
Disabled activists and allies stage direct action protest at the government’s welfare reform bill.
Disabled asylum seekers created a mural for their messages to be heard in the heart of Bristol.
Mind chief executive resigns from Work Capability Assessment (WCA) review scrutiny panel, arguing that the assessment process “isn’t working”.
Scottish GP tells Scottish parliament that the death of Paul Reekie was caused by the UK government’s welfare reforms.
Doctors vote to end the work capability assessment (WCA), thanks to lobbying from disabled activists.
Disabled activists target Atos at London 2012 Paralympics, including delivering a coffin to Atos’s headquarters to represent those who have died after being found “fit to work”.
WOW Petition Campaign, created by disabled people and building on Pat’s Petition, calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reforms.
Thinktank Demos show that disabled people will be hit by up to 13 different cuts and risk losing a total of £28.3 billion in income support by 2018.
“Shocking” bedroom tax should be axed, says UN investigator, who reported that the most vulnerable were being affected, with some talking about suicide.
10,000 Cuts and Counting event in Parliament Square to remember the thousands of disabled people who have died shortly after a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
DPAC co-founders persuade the UN disability committee to carry out an investigation into the UK under the optional protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights condemns “intrusive” Work Capability Assessment and the demonization of poor people as undeserving.
The Spartacus Network leads the Second People’s Review of the Work Capability Assessment, including accounts of deaths linked to being found fit for work. 
War on Welfare (WOW) petition secures debate in House of Commons.
Launch of New Approach campaign and release of work capability assessment report – finding the process “abusive” and “inhumane”.
Liberal Democrat DWP minister contradicts his Tory colleague over records kept on deaths linked to benefits.
First freedom of information request into DWP reviews into deaths of benefit claimants.
Channel 4 reports that most peer reviews included recommendations for improvements.
Maximus takes over from Atos as provider of work capability assessments, sparking protests.
Black Triangle film listing people whose deaths are linked to the welfare system. 
Freedom of information request reveals that 22 of the 49 peer reviews into deaths of claimants involved someone claiming employment and support allowance (ESA). 
DWP says coroners’ letters expressing concern about the deaths of benefit claimants are not handled by a specific official, revealing no centralised process for accountability.
John McDonnell voices strong opposition to welfare reform and work bill
Mother of Mark Wood (who died after being found ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA)) gives evidence to UN committee.
Disability News Service appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal over the information commissioner’s decision to reject its peer review complaint (allowing reviews to remain unpublished).
Mental health experts describe how “ruthless” DWP forced through Work Capability Assessments despite knowing of harm.
Coroner publishes prevention of future deaths (PFD) report into death of Sophie/Faiza (see 7 November 2014), calling for DWP to take action to prevent further deaths.
Information Rights Tribunal hears Disability news Service case against the information commissioner over its finding that DWP did not need to release peer reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants.
Disabled activists ask Scottish police to investigate ministers over work capability assessment (WCA) deaths.
Capita faces fresh calls to be stripped of personal independence payment (PIP) contracts after release of Channel 4 undercover footage. 
Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Deidre Brock backs calls to prosecute Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling for their failure to make the work capability assessment (WCA) safe.
The film “I, Daniel Blake” (about the unfairness of the work capability assessment) wins the Cannes Palme d’Or.
Recovery in The Bin runs Benefits Defence workshops – upskilling disabled people to defend themselves from the welfare system.
Freedom of information battle with DWP finds Maximus memo on suicide guidance and medical evidence was sent a few days after the existence of the Michael O’Sullivan prevention of future deaths report was first revealed.
The death of Lawrence Bond, hours after visiting jobcentre.
Disability News Service investigates allegations of professionals’ dishonesty in benefits assessments outsourced to Capita and Atos.
Mental health charity Rethink publishes report on how the work capability assessment (WCA) discriminates against people with mental illness.
Pensions secretary Esther McVey heckled over death of Jodey Whiting.
Production of A Very Queer Nazi Faust by disabled artist Vince Laws, highlights deaths linked to disability benefits cuts.
Joy Dove, Jodey Whiting’s mother, vows to fight on for Justice for Jodey.
Research shows that the sanctions system has a “significantly detrimental” effect on mental health.
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) submit report to UN, finding government failings in upholding the rights of disabled people.
Second backbench WOW campaign debate hears of “hostile” and “dehumanising” benefits assessment system.
DWP failed five times to follow safeguarding rules before Jodey Whiting’s suicide.
DWP responds to Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, saying it has “no plans” to hold an independent inquiry into deaths linked to its actions.
MP Debbie Abrahams asks the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate why evidence about deaths linked to the work capability assessment (WCA) was withheld from independent reviews.
Art and Protest exhibition includes works about benefit cuts and deaths.
Mother of Jodey Whiting receives standing ovation at Labour fringe event.
Police admit officers have no guidance about passing on information about protesters to DWP (after two police forces admitted passing information and video footage to DWP about disabled people taking part in protests).
Disability News Service publishes five-year investigation into deaths linked to the work capability assessment (WCA).
MP reads list of 24 people whose deaths are linked to DWP policy, in Parliament.  
Dolly Sen “sections” DWP for being “a danger to benefit claimants” – driving many claimants to their deaths.
The family of Jodey Whiting are granted permission to ask the high court to order a second inquest into Jodey’s death.
Release of The Right to Record – artwork and political campaign on recording personal independence payment (PIP) assessments. 
Publication of The Brown Envelope Book, evidencing the brutal welfare system from those with lived experience.
High court hears bid for second inquest into death of Jodey Whiting.
Judges reject attempt by Joy Dove, the mother of Jodey Whiting, to secure a second inquest into her daughter’s death, saying that individual mistakes, not systemic failings, led to death. 
Mother of Jodey Whiting fights on for justice with appeal against a court’s ruling that there should not be a second inquest into her daughter’s death.
Bereaved families meet at launch of benefit deaths digital exhibition The Museum of Austerity.
Mural created by Deaf, Disabled and Asylum seeking people. 
Shadow minister says he wants an inquiry into DWP deaths if Labour wins power.
Government brands Disability News Service ‘vexatious’ for trying to obtain information on 90 DWP deaths.
Nine years on, family of Michael O’Sullivan win tribunal battle.