'Welfare reforms forced me to scavenge for supermarket food'

A disabled man has described how he was forced to scavenge for food from supermarket bins, as a result of the government’s welfare reforms. Clive Baulch was one of about 20 disabled people who presented personal evidence about the impact of the government’s austerity programme on their human rights, during a testimony session in London. […]

Independent living 'is a treasure that should be celebrated, not stolen'

Independent living has transformed lives and should be seen as a “treasure” that should be “celebrated” rather than “taken away from us”, one of its pioneers has told a parliamentary meeting. John Evans, who 30 years ago was liberated from a Cheshire Home when he used council funding to set up his own independent living […]

People with hearing impairments angry over new Access to Work restrictions

Thousands of deaf people are protesting over new government guidance that makes it harder for them to obtain the support they need to communicate in the workplace. The Access to Work (AtW) guidance means that any deaf person who needs more than 30 hours a week of government-funded communication support has to employ their own […]

New fears of PIP 'chaos'

New evidence has emerged of serious delays with the roll-out of the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP), after the parents of a disabled teenager told how he had been left for months without his disability benefits. They have been waiting nearly three months without any communication from Atos Healthcare, the company carrying out the […]

WOW Petition heading for 100,000 names… and a debate in the Commons

A disabled comedian has accused the government of making disabled people beg for their benefits, as the petition she has spearheaded for the last year appeared certain to reach its target of 100,000 people within days. Francesca Martinez was speaking to Disability News Service as the War On Welfare (WOW) Petition passed 97,000 names. For […]

Campaigners appeal to attorney general over hate crime sentence

Hate crime campaigners have written to the attorney general after the killer who carried out the horrific murder of a disabled man was sentenced to a minimum sentence of just 18 years. They say the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi in Bristol has similarities with some of the most shocking disability hate crime killings of recent […]

Press release by AM Rebecca Evans regarding Bedroom Tax

Mid and West Wales Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans, has slammed the hated bedroom tax as ill-thought-out, poorly-researched and targeting the poor – as a snapshot of provision in Wales reveals that the providers of housing to 20,826 households affected by the bedroom tax have only 280 one-bedroom properties currently available for people to downsize to […]

Disabled peer seeks support from MPs on key human rights battle

A disabled peer is fighting to prevent the government overturning a key piece of human rights protection for disabled and older people in private sector and charity-run residential homes. Last month, Lord [Colin] Low secured a rare parliamentary victory over the government when his amendment to the care bill was approved in a Lords vote. […]

History month launch looks back so disabled people can look forwards

Disabled people must work together if they want to avoid “slipping back into the past”, the launch event of UK Disability History Month 2013 (UKDHM) has heard. The annual month-long series of events was set up to “celebrate our lives and to explore the history of negative attitudes and their consequences”. This year it is […]

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