Neurological care plan for Wales aims to improve care for thousands

A plan to help improve diagnosis, treatment and awareness of neurological conditions from epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease is going out to consultation. More than 500,000 people in Wales are affected, with 10,000 living with long-term conditions. The Welsh government has set out its expectations of care across the NHS in Wales and support services provided […]


Personal Independence Payment (PIP) checklist

Getting your organisation ready The PIP Toolkit for support organisations (gov.uk/dwp/pip-toolkit) contains quick guides, factsheets about PIP, examples of the letters and forms we’ll use, and alternative formats. Adapt these to your own guidance or communications. The information for specific groups in the toolkit contains tailored communications and guidance that you can use with your […]


National Assembly for Wales Apprenticeship Scheme 2013-2014

Following a successful pilot year, the National Assembly for Wales’ Apprenticeship Scheme has been extended and this year will give six young people the opportunity to work at the heart of the democratic process within the National Assembly for Wales. Each of the six posts is full time (37 hours per week) and will be […]


Poverty has ‘profound’ impact on disabled children’s rights

Living in poverty has a “profound” impact on disabled children’s ability to secure the rights they are entitled to under three UN conventions, according to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC). A new OCC report, We Want to Help People See Things Our Way, paints a “disturbing” picture of the lives of many disabled […]


Broadcasters must measure quality of subtitles, says Ofcom

Broadcasters will have to measure the quality of the subtitles they provide on live television programmes, the broadcasting watchdog has announced. Deaf campaigners welcomed the decision by Ofcom, but said it was “long overdue”. The results of an Ofcom consultation showed viewers noting problems with the speed, accuracy and presentation of live subtitles, while they […]


ILF protesters must wait again for latest court decision

A disabled activist who relied on the Independent Living Fund (ILF) to support her as a “games maker” at London 2012 has invited a cabinet minister to tea so she can explain the damage its closure will cause. Mary Laver was one of the ILF-users who travelled to London this week to protest about the […]


Spending on DLA and PIP will be cut next year, says new disability minister

The new minister for disabled people has admitted that spending on a key disability benefit will be cut next year. Mike Penning was talking to Disability News Service (DNS) in one of his first interviews since being appointed to the position last week. Just two weeks after his predecessor Esther McVey declined on 21 occasions […]


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