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Press Release: You say you want a revolution

*** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 08 October 2015*** PRESS RELEASE You say you want a revolution: Getting to the heart of the Social Services and Well-being […]

Press Release: Citizen trailblazers transforming Social Services in Wales

Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre are delighted to announce the three pioneering groups selected to take part in Stage 2 of the Citizen Directed […]

Wales DRILL Press Release

PRESS RELEASE   Disabled people to lead on £5 million research programme Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing an innovative new £5 […]

ILF photo study

photojournalism student looking for disabled people affected by ILF cut

Shared Purpose: Shared Future: Draft Statutory Guidance for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

WG want your views on the guidance that will be used to explain how the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 will affect public bodies subject to its provisions.

Learning Disability Wales annual Conference

Heart and Soul – What well-being means to me Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 November 2015 Newport, South Wales (Accessible […]



Analysing the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales

research to assess the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales.

Coroner’s ‘ground-breaking’ verdict: Suicide was ‘triggered’ by ‘fit for work’ test

A coroner has demanded that the government takes action to prevent future deaths of disability benefit claimants

Disabled People’s Manifesto launch – Press Release

PRESS RELEASE *** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 Thursday 17 September 2015 *** Don’t disable us, enable us! Disability Wales Announce Disabled People’s Manifesto #itsmyright   Disability […]

The Equality and Human Rights Exchange Autumn Events

Autumn Equality and Human Rights Exchange events are to be held ...

Disabled student wins £20k after university built library it knew would breach DDA

A university which built a library it knew was inaccessible in order to cut costs has agreed to pay £20,000 in compensation for discriminating against a talented disabled photography student.

UN is ‘deeply concerned’ about impact of EU austerity

The United Nations has given the European Union (EU) just 12 months to explain how it will introduce long-awaited legislation to improve the accessibility of goods and services across its member states.

Duncan Smith silent on calls for apology over ‘normal’ comments

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing fresh calls to quit or be fired after suggesting in the House of Commons that disabled […]

Confirmed! UN is investigating UK’s ‘grave violations’ of disabled people’s rights

The United Nations is carrying out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government

Great opportunity at BBC Wales/ Cyfle gwych yn BBC Cymru

The following email has been sent on behalf of BBC Wales: If you have a story or a strong opinion you want to share with […]

Wales leaps ahead in superfast broadband availability

Ofcom’s 12th annual Communications Market report (launched 6th August) has stated that the surge in the availability of superfast broadband and the take-up of internet […]

Where are we now conference

Friday 11 December 2015, Cardiff Bay 10:00 – 15:30 This Conference will take stock of developments in the law and practice in Wales concerning the […]

Premier League ‘should be ashamed’ of treatment of blind fans

Most Premier League football clubs have inaccessible websites and fail to provide audio-described commentary for blind and partially-sighted supporters, according to a new survey by […]

Campaigner publishes DIY legal guide to how he won 40 discrimination cases

An activist who has brought more than 40 legal cases against organisations that discriminated against him has published a new guide to help other disabled […]

Shakespeare defends assisted suicide, but admits to doubts

A prominent disabled advocate for legalising assisted suicide has defended his position, but has promised to reconsider his support if shown evidence that casts doubt […]

Learning disability Wales New Training programme (October 2015 – March 2016)

Learning Disability Wales' training programme includes a range of person-centred and practical courses

Give your views and help to improve Social Services

If you are vision impaired, deaf or deafblind, and have had contact with your local Social Services in Wales recently, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru […]

Ofcom consultation on EPG accessibility for vi television viewers

Ofcom has produced a set of proposals to improve the accessibility of on-screen TV programme guides

House of Lords Select Committee to examine Equality Act

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability is to review the way that the Equality Act is serving disabled people, and has launched a 'Call for Evidence' from all interested parties.

Chwarae Teg Soapbox event

What does the Wales you want look like?

Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service Consultation

Welsh Government are seeking your views on how they can improve quality and governance in the NHS. This Green Paper: sets out  current systems which support quality […]

Design and Access Statements Consultation

To make you aware of the Welsh Government’s consultation on the future scope and content of Design and Access Statements is now live.

Workshop: Direct payment learning toolkit

The new direct payments learning toolkit workshop is an opportunity to learn about this online resource, find out how it can be of benefit to […]

First LGBT Pride event signs up to the Charter

In its 16th year Pride Cymru has become the first Pride event in the UK to sign up to our Charter of Best Practice. The […]

Diversity in democracy programme

The programme aims to increase the diversity of individuals standing for election to local government.

Personal Independence Payment

From July DWP will start the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rollout for the remaining eligible DLA claimants.

Call for Evidence – House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability

A House of Lords Committee set up especially to look at the Equality Act 2010 and its impact on disabled people has today published the attached call for written evidence and invites all interested parties to submit evidence by 4 September 2015.

Court hears appeal on ‘unfair’ PIP 20 metre rule consultation

A government consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for its new disability benefit was unfair and unlawful, the court of appeal heard this week.

CPS set for controversial action on disability hate crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued controversial new guidance on disability hate crime

1. Welsh Government action plan to further equality for transgender people

The consultation runs until 11 September, and hopes to “address areas of discrimination, improve access to public services and tackle social stigmatisation, harassment and bullying […]

Disability Rights UK – Disability Confidence Course

Disability Rights UK is running a Disability Confidence training course at their London office on 21st September 2015. This highly-acclaimed course has been developed over several […]

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology’s statement on Superfast Broadband

Announcing that Superfast Cymru will be expanded to reach more premises

Apply to be a member of CSSIW’s new regional forums

people who use and have experience of care, childcare and social services - such as carers, parents, former professionals and members of the public - apply to join CSSIW's regional forums.

Diverse Cymru survey

Have your say! How do you think we can make Wales fairer?

Welsh independent living grant – local authority contact officers

  All local authorities have been informed to notify their recipients of the new arrangements and how these will operate. Below is a list of […]

Plaid calls for Welsh Independent Living Fund

Plaid Cymru's social protection spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP, has urged the Labour Welsh Government to adopt the approach taken in Scotland

Wales replaces the axed UK Independent Living Fund

A new £20m fund to support more than 1,600 disabled people in Wales with their care needs comes into operation today, following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) by the UK Government.

Closure of the ILF – DW Position Statement

Disability Wales (DW) has consistently opposed the UK government’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) since it was closed to new applicants in 2010.

Kaleidoscope Investments Offers Funding and Mentoring for Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)

Kaleidoscope Investments was formed by a group of venture capitalists and is aimed at giving financial backing to help disabled entrepreneurs in the UK start their own business.

Looking for local funding?

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Seeking nominations – Service User/ Carer Representative – All Wales Posture & Mobility Partnership Board

Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) has an All Wales Posture & Mobility Partnership Board and they're currently refreshing the Board membership.

JOB VACANCY: Race Council Cymru in Partnership with the Office of the Gwent Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

Race Council Cymru is partnering with the Office of the Gwent Police Crime Commissioner to recruit a BAME Engagement Officer to assist with facilitating better communication between BAME communities across Gwent and the OPCC.

Chance to influence RNIB’s work on employment

RNIB and Action are about to set up a customer engagement group of blind and partially sighted people with an active interest in influencing their […]

Can Do project

Can Do project are looking to expand a great project

Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the future Welsh Government funding framework for equality and inclusion.

Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the code of practice in relation to part 10 (Complaints, Representations and Advocacy Services) of the Act

WG are providing the opportunity for stakeholders across Wales to provide their input on the first set of consultations in order for us to deliver requirements of the Act.

DISABILITY ACTION – Programme Manager Recruitment

The Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning (DRILL) programme is a UK wide research programme delivered in partnership by four major pan-disability organizations in […]

Government cuts ‘could see disabled people slide back to the bad old days’

Government policies on social care, health and benefits risk sending disabled people sliding back to “the bad old days of dependency, isolation and poverty”, a disabled peer has warned.

BBC set to appoint new disability executive

The BBC is finally set to appoint a senior executive tasked with championing disabled talent and projects

Queen’s speech ‘suggests the worst is yet to come’

Disabled people should prepare themselves for more cuts

Access animation will spread the word on how to fix the web

Digital accessibility campaigners are hoping that their new animated video will show designers how to avoid excluding disabled people from their websites, mobile phone apps, software and documents.

Cameron downgrades minister for disabled people

The new government has downgraded the importance of the role of the minister for disabled people, just days after winning the general election. The ministerial […]

Written Statement – Launch of the second consultation in relation to the implementation of Parts 5, 6, 9 and 10 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the beginning of the laying process for Regulations under the first tranche.

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 May 2014. The Act […]

Contribute to the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information and Learning Hub

Everything you need to know – in one place!   The Care Council for Wales are developing a one-stop shop where all current resources  relating […]

Oxford Internet Institute Research Project

Participants are needed for interviews about surveillance, Internet use and being a disabled person in the United Kingdom

South Wales Police launch ‘Keep Safe Cymru’ card

If you are a disabled person and living in the South Wales area,  you should consider getting a ‘Keep Safe Cymru’ card. The cards hold […]

Consultation: Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the future Welsh Government funding framework for equality and inclusion.

Consultation: Welsh Government Draft Equality Objectives for 2016-2020

This twelve week consultation seeks views on what should be the Welsh Government’s Equality Objectives to be included in its Strategic Equality Plan 2012-16. They […]

Introduction to European Funding Opportunities organised by WCVA

WCVA invites you to ‘save the date’ for their information and support events that will be introducing and explaining upcoming European funding opportunities.   Events will […]

Written Statement – Update on Reform of the Arrangements for Paying for Social Care and Support

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services: Members will be aware of the programme of work being undertaken to introduce further reform to the […]

Disability Wales Membership survey

For many years Disability Wales has received grant funding from Welsh Government to enable it to represent the voice of members with the aim of […]

ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA spending cuts

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected.

ELECTION 2015: Green party faces questions over assisted suicide backing

The Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

ELECTION 2015: UKIP’s silence on UN disability convention

UKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).