Government misuse of rhetoric and spin is not a victim free activity – ask the disabled

Here is a list of Media articles about negative rhetoric on disability and welfare by the UK Government (Source: Disabled People Against Cuts Media reporting on Disability and Disability Hate Crime Issue 1, May 2014):

Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith. The way the work and pensions secretary manipulates statistics is a shaming indictment of his department’s failings: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/12/iain-duncan-smith-fiddling-figures?CMP=twt_gu

Full Fact asks watchdog to intervene over inaccurate incapacity benefit reporting:  https://fullfact.org/blog/disability_benefits_media_inaccuracy_welfare_reform-2860

After Shapps’ bad data, the DWP is back in the spotlight: http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2013/05/after-shapps-bad-data-dwp-back-spotlight

One of the most persistent problems in the debate over welfare reform has been the misrepresentation of fraud in the benefits system.: https://fullfact.org/blog/benefit_fraud_IDS_tone_down_rhetoric-2490

David Cameron accused of “scaremongering” over health tourism: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10064965/David-Cameron-accused-of-scaremongering-over-health-tourism.html

Disabled challenge minister over job support boast: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disabled-challenge-minister-over-job-support-boast-8393736.html

MPs set to quiz minister over ‘misleading’ benefit stats: http://www.thefedonline.org.uk/disability-in-the-news/mps-set-to-quiz-minister-over-misleading-benefit-stats

DWP lies to cover its tracks on mobility cuts: http://www.thefedonline.org.uk/disability-in-the-news/dwp-lies-to-cover-its-tracks-on-mobility-cuts

Skivers v strivers: the argument that pollutes people’s minds: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/jan/09/skivers-v-strivers-argument-pollutes

Mythbuster: Tall tales about welfare reform: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/mythbuster-welfare-reform/

Popular attitudes towards spending on welfare claimants are often based on ignorance and prejudice, fed by politicians and the media: http://opinion.publicfinance.co.uk/2013/01/fact-and-fiction-on-welfare-spending/

Research shows ‘climate of fear’ whipped up by media stories on benefit fraud delay or stop people in need from getting help: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/nov/20/scrounger-stigma-poor-people-benefits

Middlesbrough study reveals generations of welfare scroungers are a myth: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10103159.The_welfare_scrounger_is_exposed_as_myth_by_new_report/?ref=twtrec

Is £600m really being paid in disability living allowance to people who don’t qualify?: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/jan/17/disibility-living-allowance-overpayment

Exposed: the myth of a ‘culture of worklessness’: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/14/worklessness-culture-myth-exposed

Stats, spats and spads – The coalition government is showing a worrying disregard for data: http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21579016-coalition-government-showing-worrying-disregard-data-stats-spats-and-spads

New government-backed benefit fraud campaign could expose disabled people to hostility and violence in their own communities: http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2011/12/governments-crimestoppers-campaign-could-fuel-disability-hate-crime/

Report into abuse of statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions: http://www.scribd.com/doc/149776210/DPAC-Report-on-DWP-Abuse-of-Statistics-Final-22-June-2013

Disabled People Are Being Victimised, Vilified And Pushed Out Of Society: http://welfarenewsservice.com/disabled-victimised-vilified-pushed-society/

UK Statistics Authority Correspondance – Statistics on Disability Living Allowance: http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/reports—correspondence/correspondence/email-from-ed-humpherson-to-donna-o-brien—110414.pdf

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