North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to answer to the Assembly on the future of the Blue Badge scheme in Wales for drivers with severe mobility problems.   Mr Isherwood is disappointed that only a written statement has been provided and said an oral statement is necessary to allow […]

Consultation – Improving the recruitment and retention of Domiciliary Care workers in Wales

  On 19 January, the Welsh Government launched an important consultation about ways the quality of social care can be improved by addressing key workforce issues such as the minimum wage and zero hour contracts. http://gov.wales/consultations/healthsocialcare/workforce/?lang=en The results of this consultation will be available to the incoming Government later this year.  

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information Event – Bridgend

Sharing ideas and planning together   Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information Event Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr, CF32 0AA Wednesday 10th February 2016 from 10.30am – 3pm   “Decision makers do not always look to hear our voices but we voice them anyway. As a unit they listen more. BCDP have given […]

Coproduction in research into neurological conditions

Organised by the Wales Neurological Alliance, this conference will explore the benefits of a co-productive approach for researchers and participants in the context of the current research environment in Wales. Through an engaging mix of speakers and breakout sessions, the event will demonstrate how co-production can increase the potential to translate research findings into real […]

Bedroom tax discriminates against disabled children, say appeal court judges

The government’s “bedroom tax” discriminates unlawfully against disabled children, the court of appeal has ruled. The appeal court, which overturned a high court decision, was hearing the case of two disabled grandparents who care for their disabled grandson in an adapted three-bedroom bungalow in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The court also ruled that the bedroom tax – […]

DWP refuses to back down over annual disability employment report

A disabled peer has failed to persuade the government to publish an annual report on progress towards its target of halving the disability employment gap. Baroness [Jane] Campbell had proposed an amendment to the government’s welfare reform and work bill during this week’s report stage in the Lords. She told fellow peers that without such […]

MPs call on government to reopen fund for disabled politicians

A cross-party group of MPs have called on the government to reopen a fund that provided financial support for disabled people who want to stand for election to parliament or local councils. The Access to Elected Office fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for […]

Care watchdog to subsidise Maximus plans to halve pay of disabled experts

The care watchdog wants to use government funds to subsidise a discredited US outsourcing giant’s plans to slash the pay of disabled expert advisors by more than half. Two of three new contracts to run the Experts by Experience (EbE) programme have been awarded to Remploy, the formerly government-owned disability employment business which is now mostly […]

Disabled bouncer barred from job over ‘discriminatory’ new industry rules

The only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service. John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals […]

Campaigner’s Rio dream is fading over funding shortfall

A disabled campaigner has secured a place to volunteer at this summer’s Rio Olympics, but is struggling to raise £17,000 to pay for herself and the four personal assistants (PAs) she will need to take with her on the trip. Mary Laver, who uses a powered wheelchair and needs 22 hours of care a day, […]

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