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E-Newsletter  | 31 January 2013

Hello and welcome to the first edition of UPDATE's regular e-newsletter. Read on to stay connected with the latest disability related news across Scotland. 
Fury as benefits bullies DWP force 50,000 disabled Scots to go back to work

Labour MP Tom Greatrex and disability campaigners hit out after an astonishing 70 per cent of people put through Atos’s tests were passed as being fit or potentially fit to get jobs...

Disability cuts: the big picture is terrifying

Individual benefit changes seem minor, says Richard Hawkes chief executive of the disability charity Scope. But taken together, they present a worrying vision of life for disabled people in Britain...

Extra Access to Work support announced for disabled people looking to start up their own business
Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, has announced extra support for aspiring disabled entrepreneurs to start up their own business in 2013...

Welfare Rights News     
Changes to ESA Work Capability Assessments
From 28 January, some revisions have been made to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the medical test used by the DWP to assess eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance...
Disability benefits: Minister to clarify assessment regulations
Ministers are clarifying how mobility disability assessments are carried out following criticism of changes to Personal Independence Payments...
Latest ESA statistics - 52 per cent found 'fit for work'
52 per cent of completed work capability assessments (WCAs) have found the claimant fit for work, according to new DWP statistics...
Campaign against changes to ESA Work Capability Assessment _ #esaSOS 
A group of campaigners, academics and freelance researchers have warned that the government’s amendments will have a “huge and damaging impact” on the way peoples’ illnesses are reviewed...

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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any comments or examples of news or events that you would like to share in future editions of UPDATE's e-newsletter. Contact Claire in 0131 669 1600 / info@update.org.uk


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