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Wales election: Jeremy Corbyn campaign visit cancelled

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled an assembly election campaign visit to Wales amid fears it would be overshadowed by an anti-Semitism row. Former London […]

Age Cymru training resources

 Age Cymru training resources Please find below links to the training resources that are designed to give you an overview of the key aspects of […]

Wales Election 2016: Manifestos at a glance

Still confused about who to vote for in the Welsh Assembly election? There is just over a week to go before polls open across Wales. […]

Disabled Access Day sees venue numbers quadruple

More than 1,000 venues and an estimated 10,000 people took part in the second annual Disabled Access Day, according to a new report. The figures […]

Disabled people are ‘stronger and safer’ in EU, say leading academics

Leaving the European Union (EU) would put at risk significant improvements that have been made to the lives of disabled people over the last 15 […]

DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal […]

‘Enforcement is key on Equality Act’

Lawyers, campaigners, peers and academics have spoken of how disabled people can find it almost impossible to enforce their rights to equality, six years after the […]

‘Conflict of interest’ lawyer to chair EHRC, as minister ignores MPs’ concerns

The government has appointed a commercial lawyer to chair the equality and human rights watchdog, despite MPs raising serious concerns about a potential conflict of […]

Government set to slash equality watchdog’s budget… again

The government has told the equality watchdog that it plans to slash its budget again, even though the financial year has already started. The planned […]

Leonard Cheshire set to scrap disabled-only team over budget black hole

A disability charity is set to scrap a team of disabled staff members dedicated to empowering the residents of its care homes, in a bid […]

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people in ‘destitution’, research suggests

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are living in destitution, the first piece of research to look at extreme poverty in the UK suggests. The […]

Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference – community inclusion.

  Learning Disability Wales – Annual Conference. “I belong” will look at how children, young people and adults are included in their communities, what they […]

Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference June 9th 2016

A workforce for the future – challenges & opportunities Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference June 9th 2016 Llandrindod Wells          Keynote Speakers: David Robinson […]

Charities campaigning for change should think hard before pursuing court cases

Getting involved in legal action comes with risks and no guarantees of victory, but it can be a powerful weapon. The introduction of the “gagging […]

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

Disability rights campaigners win appeal against government’s refusal to publicise investigations into alleged suicides. The Department for Work and Pensions may be forced to disclose […]

Welsh election: Labour support ‘lowest since 2010’

Labour support in Wales has fallen to its lowest level since before the 2010 general election, an opinion poll has suggested. The latest YouGov poll […]

NDACA celebrates milestone in journey to tell story of disability arts

Some of the country’s best-known disabled artists have come together in the House of Lords to celebrate a project that will tell the story of […]

Fresh staff cuts at EHRC ‘will undermine its vital work’

The equality watchdog is set to make nearly 30 members of staff redundant, in what critics say is a blow to its efforts to enforce […]

Tory peer faces calls to quit as EHRC commissioner over support for WRAG cuts

Disabled campaigners are calling for the resignation of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, the disabled Tory peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, after he voted in favour […]

Crime stats ‘are wake-up call’ on link between ‘demonization’ and targeted violence

Disabled people in England and Wales are now almost three-and-half times more likely than non-disabled people to be a victim of serious violent crime, according […]

Traumatised disabled teacher says council allowed bullying to continue

A maths teacher who was told by managers after she became disabled that if she had been a horse she would have been “taken out […]

Secret DWP proposal to scrap ESA ‘substantial risk’ rules ‘would breach right to life’

  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has proposed scrapping two benefit regulations that offer vital protection to disabled people facing the controversial “fitness […]

Revealed: DWP’s secret, ‘financially devastating’ proposals for benefits appeals

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has drawn up secret plans for sweeping reforms that would make it far harder for disabled people to […]

Mental health goals may not be met, audit office warns

Waiting-time targets were scheduled to start in April, but NAO report says officials do not yet have a grip on how much the policy will […]

Abolish care fees to save families thousands, says Plaid

Scrapping care fees for the elderly and dementia sufferers would save families thousands of pounds each year, Plaid Cymru has said. The party wants to […]

Learning Disability Wales Training

  Learning Disability Wales are pleased to announce the start of their new training programme which will run from May 2016 to October 2016.   Their […]

Delays to Disabled Facilities Grant process have major impact on people’s lives says Ombudsman

People with disabilities are being left for too long in unsuitable homes because of problems with councils’ Disabled Facilities Grants processes, the Local Government Ombudsman […]

It took a serious accident for my autistic son to get the help he needed

Social Care Network:  My Social Care Story – Lucy Marsden I don’t wonder how the accident could have been avoided, because I know. The way everything […]

RICA consumer panel would like more Welsh representatives. – interested?

Use your knowledge and experience – help with consumer research Rica is a consumer research charity that works with older and disabled people: www.rica.org.uk It […]

Welsh election: Local factors with national impact

As the BBC Wales election tour gets underway, I’m looking forward to hearing the views of voters across the country. The latest ITV Wales/YouGov poll […]

Welsh Tory manifesto promises 50,000 jobs and ‘real change’

The Welsh Conservatives have launched their assembly election manifesto, promising “real change” with the creation of 50,000 jobs. Speaking in Wrexham, Andrew RT Davies said: […]

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATION What does it mean these days?

Children in Wales Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 10.30am – 4pm National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen This conference will cast a spotlight on our understanding […]

Stephen Crabb pledges ‘relentless focus’ on improving life chances

Welfare secretary signals no major changes to government policy and says he is ‘absolutely committed’ to universal credit rollout A belief in the value of […]

Love Your Vote – A free workshop for people with a learning disability and autism

A Dimensions Cymru Event Tuesday 26 April 2016 9:45am to 12:30pm OR 1.45pm to 4.30pm The Riverfront Newport Learning Disability Wales are delighted to announce that […]

Trussell Trust: Welsh food bank use ‘remains at record levels’

The use of food banks in Wales “remains at record levels” despite a slight drop, a charity has said. Trussell Trust figures showed 85,656 three-day […]

The Minister for Health and Social Services stressed the importance of leaving a ‘legacy of ideas’ for the next Welsh Government at a recent meeting with third sector representatives.

At the March 2016 Ministerial Meeting between the Minister for Health and Social Services and representatives from the third sector, Mark Drakeford AM spoke of […]

DWP ‘punishing’ low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is ‘political dynamite’ […]

Former students of scandal-hit charity are still at home, four months on

Former pupils of the Royal School for Deaf Children Margate (RSDCM) have still not been found a suitable new school, more than four months after […]

Government ‘must see disabled people as innovators and contributors’

Disabled entrepreneurs have told the government’s business department that it is not doing enough to make its programmes accessible. In a meeting of the all-party […]

Latest ‘reckless’ DSA reforms could leave disabled students without support

New government reforms to support for disabled university students are “rushed and reckless” and could lead to many young people being left without the assistance […]

MPs must accept fundamental flaws of personal budgets, says Beresford

A leading disabled academic has urged MPs to dismiss the conclusions of the public spending watchdog and accept instead that the government’s strategy on social […]

Disabled people ‘still not safe in Luton’ after second ‘assault’ in three years

The family of an autistic man say they believe disabled people are still not safe from their local police force, after two officers were finally […]

ROFA’s conference call to DPOs is next step towards international influence

A national conference is set to provide disabled people and their organisations across England with an opportunity to come together to discuss key disability rights […]

Capita faces fresh calls to be stripped of PIP contracts after documentary

One of the three outsourcing giants that assesses people for their eligibility for disability benefits is facing calls for it to be stripped of its […]

Fears over government links as equality watchdog launches welfare probe

The equality watchdog is facing concerns over links between the government and two of its leading figures as it prepares to investigate whether Tory welfare […]

Tribunal rules DWP must release information from secret benefit deaths reviews

Disability News Service (DNS) has won its appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions’ refusal to publish information from 49 secret reviews it conducted […]

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales invites you to join her for the launch of her Impact and Reach Report 2015-16.

Come and meet the Commissioner to find out about the work she has been doing to improve the lives of older people across Wales and […]

Should we scrap benefits and pay everyone £100 a week?

The idea of a universal basic income is about to leap from the margins to the mainstream, bringing promises of a happier and healthier population. […]

Mental health patients wait ‘years’ for treatment

Patients are being asked to wait several years for some specialist mental health treatment, figures obtained by BBC Wales have shown. While many patients with […]

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act launched 6th April 2016

The Act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support, and for transforming […]

Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference June 9th 2016

A workforce for the future – challenges & opportunities Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference June 9th 2016 Llandrindod Wells          Keynote Speakers: David Robinson […]

Welsh election: Fight for second place, poll suggests

A close battle for second place behind Labour at May’s assembly election is shaping up, the first opinion poll of the campaign has suggested. The […]

Carwyn Jones buoyant about Labour’s election chances as he launches campaign

The First Minister was in bullish mood as the party got their Assembly bid under way at Barry Island First Minister Carwyn Jones gave a […]

Two weeks to go until major changes to Wales’ social services

From April 6, people will have a greater say about how social services assess and deliver their care and support when a landmark new Welsh […]

£4m to improve support for elderly and disabled people

A £4 million investment to improve support for disabled and elderly people wanting to live independently in their own home has been announced by the […]

More disabled people add their voices to Brexit opposition

More disabled people have come forward to argue that a decision to quit the European Union (EU) would harm disability rights in the UK. Until […]

Consultation on Together for Mental Health – Delivery Plan 2016 – 2019

Welsh Government are seeking your views on the priority areas and actions. Together for Mental Health was published in 2012. It is our 10-year strategy for […]

Consultation on the refreshed Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan

Welsh Government are seeking views from people with autism and their parents, carers and professionals who provide services and support. They have identified priorities and proposed actions including: […]

Consultation – Supporting learners with healthcare needs

Welsh Government are seeking views on the revised draft version of the Supporting learners with healthcare needs guidance document. The Access to education and support for […]

Press release: Monmouthshire Direct Payments Co-operative in the making: first in the UK

*** For immediate release*** PRESS RELEASE   Monmouthshire Direct Payments Co-operative in the making: first in the UK   Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre […]

Bedroom tax campaigner’s ‘contempt’ for ministers who forced his family to fight

One of the disabled campaigners whose “bedroom tax” cases were heard in the Supreme Court this week has spoken of his “contempt” for ministers who […]

1,000 young people with a learning disability and/or autism to gain employment from new £10m five year project

Learning Disability Wales has been awarded a £10m grant to boost the employment prospects of young people in Wales with a learning disability and / […]

WELSH GOVERNMENT URGED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER BLUE BADGE PARKING SCHEME

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]