Project Ability could create elusive 'legacy' from London 2012

An inclusive school sports scheme could eventually help to make disability hate crime a distant memory, according to a retired Paralympian and sports broadcaster. Kate Grey was speaking after the government announced that its Project Ability scheme, which supports disabled and non-disabled children to work together to increase inclusive sporting opportunities, had been extended by […]

Life in the PIP queue: Claimant left chasing shadows after 'ghost' assessment

A disabled man waited months for the result of his assessment for the government’s new disability benefit, only to discover that the woman who had assessed him had quit her job without ever filing her report. Stanley Kaye’s case was lost in the system for more than three months because Capita – one of the […]

Osborne's new social security spending cap 'will increase disability poverty'

A controversial budget measure is set to increase even further the number of disabled people living in poverty. The Conservative chancellor, George Osborne, announced last week that a new cap on social security spending would be set at £119.5 billion in 2015-16, and would then rise with inflation to reach an expected £126.7 billion in […]

Atos claims of widespread 'assault' were 'lies', government reveals

Claims by Atos Healthcare that it was pulling out of the government’s “fitness for work” contract because of assaults on its staff by disabled benefit claimants appear to have been exposed as lies. The revelation by Disability News Service comes as the government confirms it has agreed to let Atos pull out of the contract […]

PIP contractor Capita faces staff revolt over discrimination

The company responsible for carrying out disability benefit assessments across Wales and central England is facing a revolt by disabled staff over allegations of widespread discrimination. They say that Capita – already under fire over its performance in assessing claimants of personal independence payment, the government’s new disability benefit – appears to have no proper […]

DW Press statement: Atos has withdrawn from its ESA contract

PRESS STATEMENT 27 March 2014   Disability Wales is pleased to learn that Atos has withdrawn from its contract to provide the controversial Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance. This news will be welcomed by many of our members and by disabled people across the UK. Atos’s ability to deliver their other assessment […]

Lib Dems break new ground in backing job-sharing MPs

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major political party to endorse the idea of allowing MPs to job-share, a measure which would make it easier for many disabled people to stand for election.

Disabled air passengers left with no protection from discrimination

Disabled air passengers have been left with no protection from in-flight discrimination across Europe, thanks to a ruling from the UK’s Supreme Court. The court ruled that international rules on air travel – the Montreal Convention – take precedence during flights over UK and European Union regulations on accessibility and discrimination. The ruling means that […]

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