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The Welsh Government consultation on the draft regulations and the code of practice for the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act

The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act will become law from April 2016. The Act is changing the way Social Services works fundamentally. People will […]

Assisted dying bill: Disabled people have most to fear from ‘arm around the shoulder’

If assisted suicide was legalised, disabled people would have most to fear from the widespread public attitude that they were “better off dead”, according to a disabled peer.

Crucial ‘right to ride’ bus case wins strong support

Accessible transport campaigners were outside the Royal Courts of Justice this week to show support for disabled campaigner Doug Paulley, as he fought a transport provider over the right to use wheelchair spaces on buses.

DWP admits investigating 60 benefit-related deaths since 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

Judge brands DWP jobseeker’s agreement ‘unlawful’, after action by disabled claimant

A judge has told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that part of the agreement signed by out-of-work benefit claimants does not comply with the law, following a legal challenge from a disabled job-seeker.

Welfare Rights service for people with sensory loss

RNIB Cymru is delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded £940k for an innovative welfare rights service for people with sensory loss in Wales. […]

Have you pledged to BEAT FLU yet and had your free vaccine?

The annual flu immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for the coming flu season – and those in ‘at risk’ groups are being urged by authorities to take up their free vaccination as soon as possible.

Hijinx Odyssey spread The Spirit of Christmas with their festive production at Wales Millennium Centre

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a stunner of a tree, the old favourite carols and a room full of family and friends.

Barod – Everyday info training

You will learn the skills to start to use ‘Easy Read’ or ‘Everyday’ to produce new written information and to translate existing documents.

Welsh Government Consultation on a Revised Child Poverty Strategy

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 placed a statutory duty on Welsh Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Strategy for Wales and to set objectives for tackling child poverty and improving the outcomes of low income families.

ESRC Funds Ground Breaking Research on What Works in Tackling Poverty

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is delighted to announce the launch of four major new research projects that will advance understanding of effective […]

WG Written Statement – Launch of the first tranche of consultations in relation to the implementation of Parts 2, 3, 4, 7 and 11 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services Earlier this year Gwenda Thomas AM, then Deputy Minister for Social Services,  issued a written statement announcing […]

New rights to complain about private social services and palliative care services come into force

  People in Wales who fund their own social care or receive palliative care will be able to make complaints about those services to the […]

RNIB Cymru Public Affairs Manager Role

RNIB Cymru is looking for a highly effective influencer with significant experience in public affairs and delivering highly effective campaigns.

ESA claimants set for leap ‘from frying-pan into fire’ as Maximus wins WCA contract

The government has sparked fury after appointing a US company with a lengthy record of discrimination, incompetence and alleged fraud to take over delivery of its controversial "fitness for work" tests from the much-criticised Atos Healthcare.

Access to Work crisis: Another Deaf leader speaks out

Another leading Deaf figure has come forward to describe the damage the government's botched Access to Work (AtW) changes have caused to his career.

‘Improving communication – Improving Services’

Carmarthenshire Disability Coalition for Action   Invitation   ‘Improving communication – Improving Services’   “Enable the Coalition to enhance disabled people’s sense of well being […]

Government admits DSA cuts ‘will have negative impact’ on disabled students

The government has admitted that its planned cuts and reforms to disability-related higher education support will have a "negative impact" on disabled students, and increase the chance of them facing discrimination at university.

Some police forces still failing on disability hate crime

Some police forces are still recording as few as three or four disability hate crimes every year, according to new Home Office figures.

Access to Work crisis: Changes have brought ‘stress and uncertainty’

Secret government cuts to its Access to Work (AtW) programme have put at risk a disabled manager's job with a leading user-led organisation.

ILF-users back in court for fresh attempt to stop ‘regressive’ closure decision

Disabled activists and other campaigners took part in a vigil outside the Royal Courts of Justice this week to support the latest legal bid to halt the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

Duncan Smith lies twice about disabled people’s support… in less than five minutes

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught lying twice in a television interview about the impact of his reforms on disabled people, even managing to contradict his own special adviser.

DW Briefing and Event on ILF Consultation Option 2

Disability Wales has issued a briefing on Option 2 of the Welsh Government’s consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund in Wales. Option […]

‘Hypocrisy claim’ after government admits funding 17 foreign DPOs for shadow reports

The government has admitted funding 17 disabled people's organisations (DPOs) in developing countries to produce critical reports for the UN on their own governments, while refusing to fund DPOs for similar work in the UK.

Digital inclusion ‘will not mean society can abandon work on physical barriers’

Continuing progress in making the digital world more inclusive for disabled people should not lead to lower investment in addressing physical and attitudinal barriers, according to a leading disabled people's organisation (DPO).

Protest and petition greet Freud’s ‘disgusting’ comments on minimum wage

The government's welfare reform minister is facing calls to be sacked after suggesting that some disabled people should be allowed to work for less than the minimum wage.

DWP contradicts its own position on benefit-related deaths… again

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has sparked fresh anger after it finally admitted that it does carry out reviews into the deaths of some claimants of disability benefits.

Incompetence, discrimination and ‘fraud': the US company that could take over from Atos

A company with a "chilling" record of incompetence, discrimination and alleged fraud is in prime position to take over the new "fitness for work" contract from Atos Healthcare, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

Press Release: Digital Lives

Today, Disability Wales will stage a conference on the theme of digital inclusion of disabled people in Wales. The conference will be held in the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

A new publication from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A new Round-up from JRF looks at the impact and effectiveness of conditional welfare, and explores different ethical approaches to conditionality and sanctions.

Wales’ first ever Housing Act is a historical milestone for the Welsh Government.

The sealing ceremony for the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 took place on the 17 September and marks the completion of work initially developed by my predecessors, Huw Lewis and Carl Sargeant.

New Hate Crime Toolkit from Welsh Government to be launched at Creating Homes 2014

Tai Pawb is delighted to announce that as the week beginning 13th October is ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week’ this theme will play a significant part in their Creating Homes 2014 conference, being held on 16th October in the Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff.

Accessible Britain Challenge

The Accessible Britain Challenge calls on local communities to become more accessible and inclusive for disabled people.

Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference

This year Learning Disability Wales’ annual conference, Shine!, will be held on 25th and 26th November 2014 in Newport, South Wales.

Local councils help claimants prepare for Universal Credit

DWP has announced a series of new trials to help claimants get ready for Universal Credit, along with 11 partnerships that will deliver local support.

Invitation to EHRC Litigation Strategy events

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s litigation strategy sets the agenda for their legal work and ensures they maximise the impact of their resources through targeted casework.

National Independent Living Awards 2014

The Breakthrough UK National Independent Living Awards celebrate the organisations or individuals that show commitment to - and innovation in - the independence of disabled people.

ILF Consultation Started

Written Statement by Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

Woman of Flowers on tour and Aberystwyth arts centre 29th Oct

'Woman of Flowers' is a new play with moments of visual language/theatricalised sign and it is captioned throughout

Have you pledged to BEAT FLU yet and had your free vaccine?

The annual flu immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for the coming flu season – and those in ‘at risk’ groups are being urged by authorities to take up their free vaccination as soon as possible.

Minister’s Written Statement on ILF

The Minister for Health, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, has issued a Written Statement on the Welsh Government’s Consultation on the future care and support arrangements […]

Welsh Government launches ILF consultation

The Welsh Government has launched its consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund in Wales. The consultation will run for 12 weeks through […]

Conservative party conference: NHS ‘resisting modernisation’ of wheelchair services

A disabled charity boss has described the "uphill battle" she has faced in trying to persuade the NHS to improve its wheelchair services for disabled children.

Assist UK to end 40 years of advice and support as funding runs out

A national user-led organisation has become the latest disability charity to be forced to close because of a government failure to provide funding for day-to-day running costs.

Equality watchdog brings non-disabled people onto disability committee for first time

The equality watchdog has appointed two non-disabled people to its disability committee for the first time.

Minister insists DWP is right to ignore reports of deaths linked to benefits

The new Conservative minister for disabled people has insisted that his department is right to ignore reports of deaths linked to the loss or non-payment of disability benefits.

Labour party conference: Access meltdown sparks call for action

The Labour party has been told by its own activists that it must do much more to make its own policies and procedures accessible, after a string of access failures at its annual party conference.

Labour party conference: Miliband’s radar ignores disabled people… again

Labour leader Ed Miliband has delivered another snub to disabled people, after delivering an hour-long speech to his party's annual conference without mentioning them once.

Labour party conference: Miliband upsets party volunteer with disablist ‘joke’

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has shocked and upset disabled activists within his own party by making a disablist "joke" about being taken away "by the men in white coats".

DWP’s confession: ‘We ignore benefit-related deaths’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted making no effort to collect - or learn the lessons from - reports of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the withdrawal or non-payment of disability benefits.

‘Enabling Wales’ Project Launch

“An enabling society in which disabled children and adults enjoy the right to independent living and social inclusion” Save the date! Disability Wales and our […]

Digital Lives workshops

  Are you a disabled person? Interested in getting online? Free Workshops September 12th @ Liberty Stadium, Swansea, SA1 2FA  10am – 3pm September 25th […]

Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews

How can we reduce poverty in the UK? What are the underlying causes? What impact do different interventions have?

Wheelchair Sports Spectacular 2014 – September 12th and 13th

The event is primarily for people with a physical disability but anyone is welcome to attend and try the 20 sports on offer all under […]

Managerial Vacancy at Breakthrough

Vacancy for Employment and Independent Living Services Manager Salary £25,000 pa                           Based in Manchester Initial expressions of interest by CV to p.jackson@breakthrough-uk.co.uk Breakthrough UK, […]

Research could see disabled people become ‘3-D pioneers’

New research funding could see disabled people become pioneers in a "new industrial revolution", according to a user-led organisation.

Government fails again to act over school ‘safe rooms’

The government has refused to act after fresh allegations emerged of a special school shutting disabled children in "safe rooms" as a punishment.

Activists welcome UN inquiry ‘decision’

Disabled activists have welcomed the UN's apparent decision to launch an inquiry into allegations of "grave or systematic" violations of its disability convention by the UK government.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – Pilot projects

To support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, Welsh Government wishes to provide support to local authorities, other public bodies and […]

Disability Rights UK campaigning to improve Access to Work

We are determined to influence changes to Access to Work to make it work better for everyone. We have given written evidence to the Work […]

Be part of the Learning Disability Wales’ Annual Conference

This year our Learning Disability Wales annual conference is around the theme of reaching our potential.

The Future of the Independent Living Fund in Wales

The UK Government issued on 6 March this year a Written Statement in Parliament on its decision on the future of the ILF.

Harper urged to act over PIP delays

The minister for disabled people has been urged by his Labour shadow to take urgent action to tackle the lengthy backlogs and delays plaguing the government's new disability benefit.

IDS speech ‘ignores the devastating truth’ of his welfare reforms

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been ridiculed for delivering a major speech about his sweeping welfare reforms, without mentioning the disastrous impact that many of the changes are having on disabled people.

Government accused over death of Stephanie Bottrill

The government has been accused of failing in its duty of care towards disabled people, after an inquest heard how a disabled woman wrote a suicide note blaming the "bedroom tax" for her decision to kill herself.

Independent Living Fund closure: New court bid wins go-ahead

Three disabled people have won permission for a new legal attempt to derail the government's planned closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

Athletes and spectators praise Glasgow 2014

Disabled sports stars and campaigners have praised Glasgow's Commonwealth Games, pointing to impressive levels of access and the successful integration of mainstream and para-sports events.

St David Awards

Welsh Government would like to highlight an opportunity to nominate individuals or groups to the Welsh Government St David’s Day Awards for Wales 2015.

Diminishing opportunities for independent living, says report

Disabled people are experiencing "diminishing opportunities" for independent living under the coalition, according to a new report by one of the architects of the last government's independent living strategy.

Fellow rights campaigners mourn loss of Caroline Gooding

Tributes have been paid after the death of Caroline Gooding, an "inspired" campaigner and activist who "helped make Britain a more inclusive place".

Osborne guilty of ‘astounding hypocrisy’ over Motability

The chancellor is facing allegations of "astounding hypocrisy" after being pictured handing a disabled man the keys to a Motability car, despite being responsible for slashing spending on the disability benefit used to lease such vehicles.

Appeal possible after 20-metres PIP setback

A disabled activist is considering appealing after a court rejected his claim that a government consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for its new disability benefit was unfair and unlawful.

Publications: Progress Report on the Tackling Poverty Action Plan and Research Report on Impact of Welfare Reforms

The latest report from the Welsh Government’s research programme to assess the impact of the welfare reforms in Wales has been published.

Employing Personal Assistants and Tax

Disability Rights UK are working, together with the Low Income Tax Reform Group to run a half day event exploring the tax implications of employing a personal assistant to meet health or social needs.

Annual Wales Eyecare Conference 2014

The conference is aimed at eye health professionals, specialist social workers, rehabilitation officers and individuals and organisations with an interest in sensory loss

Call for Evidence: Work Capability Assessment

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has appointed Dr. Litchfield to carry out the fifth Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA),

Huge PIP delays are ‘unacceptable’, says Iain Duncan Smith

The work and pensions secretary has admitted that the huge delays facing thousands of disabled people applying for the government's new disability benefit are "unacceptable".

Kramer to ask students to bring buses into 21st century

The government is to launch a competition for students aimed at finding a cheap but effective way to introduce audio and visual information into every bus in the country.

Report aims to shift blame for ‘national scandal’ of ‘fitness for work’ test

A new user-led report aims to focus blame for the "national scandal" of the work capability assessment (WCA) away from the government contractor Atos Healthcare and towards the "culture of contempt" that lies at the heart of the test.

‘Disturbing’ £1m lottery grant given to euthanasia lobby’s sister organisation

Disabled campaigners have raised concerns about the "worrying" and "disturbing" decision to give more than one million pounds of public lottery money to the sister charity of the main organisation lobbying for assisted suicide to be legalised.

£10m for the Care Council for Wales to support the regulation and training of the social care workforce

The Care Council for Wales will receive £10m funding from the Welsh Government in 2014-15 to regulate the social care workforce and ensure workers receive appropriate training and qualifications

Activist’s plans would see single funding stream for support

The entire system of disability benefits and other support should be swept away and replaced with a single funding stream and assessment process, according to a new discussion paper published by a disabled consultant and activist.

DWP silent over Access to Work lies

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to explain why it lied about its use of figures that downplay the economic benefits of the Access to Work (AtW) scheme.

ILF reports overwhelming success, as DWP prepares to scrap it

More than 99 per cent of disabled people who use the Independent Living Fund (ILF) believe that it improves their ability to live independently, just as the government is preparing to abolish it.

Citizen Directed Co-operative promises greater citizen voice, control and independence for disabled people in Wales

Disability Wales is celebrating receiving a much sought after Big Lottery Innovation Grant to support a new project to be delivered in partnership with the […]

Save the Date – Gypsies and Travellers: Preparing for the New Duty

Media Resource Centre, Llandrindod Wells 9:30am – 1:00pm This event will look at some of the challenges and opportunities in relation to the new duty […]

First visually impaired Mayor of Tredegar chooses RNIB Cymru as charity of the year

Tredegar’s new Mayor, Cllr Ryan Watkins, 34, is the first visually impaired Mayor the town has ever had, and has chosen Wales’ largest sight loss organisation as his charity of the year.

Join Hijinx Theatre & Punchdrunk Enrichment beneath the streets of Cardiff

Are things really as they seem in Cardiff’s bustling city centre?

IWA Professional Training- Influencing Political Outcomes

1st July 2014, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Disability and End of Life Survey and Focus Group: Your opportunity to contribute to crucial research.

Disability Rights UK is working with Marie Curie to research the end of life experiences of disabled people.

VAMT’s Third Sector Excellence Awards 2014 – Nominate Now!

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for 2014's Third Sector Excellence Awards.

Equality Exchange Annual Conference 4th June Llandrindod Wells, Equality in a Changing Landscape.

This is your last chance to register to attend the Equality Exchange Conference at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells on 4th June 2014!

Welsh Government Review of Independent Living Adaptations – Have your Say into Potential Changes to the System

“Following the commitment in the Housing White Paper to review the range of adaptations, the Welsh Government have commissioned a consortium Research Team of Shelter […]

WEN Wales is recruiting new Trustees!

The Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales is currently undergoing a period of significant change.

LDW Training – Introduction to Autism Spectrum conditions – adults

This course is designed for those new to the field of autism. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and theories relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work

The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to inquire into employment support for disabled people.

Women making a difference: New Free accredited course in Carmarthen

Women Making a Differenceis delivering its new accredited ‘Women for a Change’ course in Carmarthen.

Shelter Cymru People & Homes Conference 2014

Spaces are filling up fast for People and Homes on 3 July 2014, with hot topics this year including PRS reform and the impacts of […]

Three Counties Community Play Job Vacancies

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen in the Three Counties Community Play team. They are seeking enthusiastic individuals to become part of the team […]

Disabled facilities grant case studies needed

Cardiff University, with Shelter Cymru and Contact a Family Cymru, is seeking the views of families who are in the process or have experienced the […]

Comedian tells government: ‘Don’t make us beg for our rights’

A comedian and activist has accused the government of forcing her and other disabled people to beg for their basic human rights.

Welsh nationalists lead on rights ahead of Euro elections

Plaid Cymru is the party that appears to have the strongest commitment to disability rights, in advance of next week's elections to the European parliament.

What would improve childcare for disabled children?

An independent Parliamentary Inquiry has been launched to report on the long-standing problems faced by disabled children and their families in accessing childcare.

Disabled peer secures victory in battle for new human rights protection

funded care, after a government concession. Lord [Colin] Low had been pushing in the House of Lords for an amendment to the government's care bill that would provide protection for all residents of private sector and charity-run homes.

Student hopes his travels will help pinpoint barriers

A disabled student is embarking on a piece of research that aims to "paint a comprehensive picture" of the accessibility of travel, both in the UK and abroad.

Welsh Implementation Plan for Rare Diseases

The Welsh Implementation Plan is out for consultation, open until 23 May 2014.

Research for the Spinal Injuries Association

The Spinal Injuries Association has commissioned a review of its services and Mary-Anne Rankin is one of the independent consultants carrying out the review. She is keen to engage with people with spinal injuries of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of spinal injury, and people living in urban as well as remote areas.

Universal Credit goes live in Shotton

New jobseekers in Shotton began claiming Universal Credit from 7 April 2014. Shotton is the 10th site to accept Universal Credit claims and the first in Wales.

Life in the PIP queue: Minister orders review, as Welsh MPs describe tales of misery

The government has launched an independent review of its new disability benefit, the day after MPs heard fresh evidence of delays and misery caused by failures in the system.

Government set to drop two more rail access schemes

Transport ministers look set to drop two more rail access improvement schemes, only days after admitting they had slashed spending on their main programme by nearly 30 per cent.

Spartacus report: ‘It’s time to scrap the toxic WCA’

A report - backed by evidence from more than 1,200 sick and disabled people - tells politicians this week why the system of supporting out-of-work disabled people must be replaced.

Spartacus report: Labour looks set to dump its ‘fitness for work’ test

Labour's shadow minister for disabled people has suggested her party will replace the work capability assessment (WCA) if it wins power at the next election, after a report by disabled campaigners called for the "toxic" test to be scrapped.

DWP admits it is helping watchdog with ‘cumulative impact’ project

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted it is helping equality experts devise a way to assess the overall impact of spending cuts on disabled people, even though ministers have repeatedly claimed such a project is impossible.

Campaigners launch new legal bid to halt Independent Living Fund closure

Users of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have launched a fresh legal bid to halt its closure, Disability News Service can reveal.

Come and Glow for RNIB Cymru!

Help us light up the night for people affected by sight loss in Wales by joining in with our Glow Neon Fun Run on the 17 May 2014.

LDW are looking for an Accessible Information Officer

LDW are looking for a skilled Accessible Information Officer to join their successful Easy Read service.

Sport Wales Calls4Action Funding

The Calls4Action investment is open to organisations, clubs and individuals who can generate positive action to address the issues of inequality within sport and give everyone the chance to enjoy the benefits of sport, regardless of background and circumstances.

Chwarae Teg Job Sharing Research

Chwarae Teg is a charity that supports women to participate in economic development in Wales. Our vision is for a Wales where women achieve and prosper.

Direct payment/ ILF SSP changes

Information about the changes which the government is bringing in to the Statutory Sick Pay scheme for small employers which will have an impact on many direct payment users who employ PA's.

Welsh Affairs Committee – Government Response – Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill

The Government has accepted most of the Committee’s recommendations following its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill.

Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action – Launch event

Jeff Cuthbert AM, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty will launch Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life in the PIP queue: Family lose Motability vehicle due to PIP delays

A mother has told how her family had their Motability vehicle taken away because of a six-month delay in processing her daughter's claim for the government's new disability benefit.

Life in the PIP queue: Man struggles without PIP as he waits for transplant

A seriously-ill man on a waiting-list for a liver transplant has told how he is struggling to survive because of the lengthy delays in assessments for the government's new disability benefit.

Atos and Capita could soon become part of ‘shadow state’, warn MPs

The government must improve the way it contracts out services such as disability benefits assessments to the private sector, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Official opening of new centre for people with sight loss in Wales

RNIB Cymru and Cardiff Institute for the Blind are marking the official opening of their new joint centre in Cardiff by holding an event to celebrate the achievements of the two organisations and the people who use their services.

Age Cymru Handy Van

We all want to remain independent for as long as possible - Age Cymru's HandyVan service can help you do this.

WACDS South Wales Open Space Meeting

The Wales Alliance for Citizen Directed Support has been successful in getting CDS onto the social services policy agenda. A great deal of work is […]

FORGOTTEN PASSENGERS SURVEY NEED RESPONSES FROM WALES

Guide dogs want to hear about your experiences of travelling by bus to help them make bus travel more accessible.

Motability Eligibility Under Personal Independence Payment

Claims could plunge to less than one-third of its current level by 2018

Delays to Personal Independence Payment

A report just out from the National Audit Office says that The DWP has had to delay the Personal Independence Payment programme’s roll-out

Atos want to back out of Work Capability Assessment contracts

Atos Healthcare are negotiating with the Department for Work and Pensions to exit their £500 Million contract for the Work Capability Assessments  early following alleged […]

Sochi will ‘transform attitudes’ in Russia, says Craven

The Sochi Paralympics will be "transformational" for Russia's attitudes towards disabled people

Deadline looms over ‘shadow’ report

Members of the disability movement believe they still have time to produce a solid, well-researched report on how the UK is implementing the UN disability convention, despite a looming deadline.

Government’s Zero scores raise UN convention questions

The rights of disabled people in the UK have slid sharply backwards over the last year

‘Brutal’ new death sentence for ILF, but activists vow to fight on

Disabled campaigners have vowed to fight on in the battle to save the Independent Living Fund (ILF),

Research into the impact of welfare reform

Citizens Advice Cymru have commissioned Shelter Cymru to undertake a research study with people from all over Wales to explore the day-to-day experience of welfare […]

The Definitive Guide to Data Wrangling and Digital Workflows.

A 2-day industry-leading residential course for as little as £90+VAT*.

Almost two out of three PIP claims refused

Almost two out of three people who apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) get nothing at all unless they are terminally ill, DWP figures released […]

Couple win appeal against ‘bedroom tax’

A DISABLED man and his wife are among the first in Wales to win an appeal against the controversial ‘bed-room tax’ after an Aberystwyth tribunal […]

Department for Transport Survey

Wheelchair users and use of taxis and private hire vehicles

Historic social services debate continues

The second of two five-hour debates on the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Bill will take place today (Tuesday 11 February).

Wasted money – wasted homes

The effects of the under-occupancy penalty or ‘Bedroom Tax’ are a real concern, and a great cause of anxiety affecting many disabled people in Wales. […]

High streets often off-limits, say young campaigners

The UK's high streets are frequently off-limits to young disabled people because of staff attitudes, broken equipment, blocked shopping aisles, out-of-date information and inaccessible entrances, according to a new report.

National Express’s ‘fully accessible’ coaches ‘exclude many wheelchairs’

The UK's largest coach operator has admitted that many wheelchair-users are still not able to travel on its vehicles

MPs tell of six-month PIP delays

People applying for the government's new disability benefit are facing delays of more than six months, according to a disabled Labour MP.

MPs and peers call for government to act on independent living

The government should meet one of its obligations under the UN disability convention by introducing a legal right to independent living, according to a committee of MPs and peers.

Nearly all disabled music fans ‘face discrimination’ when buying tickets

Most booking system disabled people deal with are inaccessible

Captions could be next step forward for access at music venues

Music venues and festivals could soon be offering captions beside the stage

Travel and transport: Retain kerbs in shared space says circulated guidance from DfT

The Department for Transport (DfT) has circulated new guidance on kerbs.

ITV’s Breaking Into News Scheme

ITV and the Media Trust have launched this year's 'Breaking into News' initiative.

Important updates

Separate helplines for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance customers and more

Civil Partnership Review Consultation

Government Equalities Office is undertaking a review of civil partnerships

Shelter Cymru Recruitment Opportunity

Shelter Cymru are looking for Peer Researchers in Powys and Carmarthenshire on a project called ‘Home adaptations processes for disabled children in Wales:

‘Shocking’ PIP figure raises new Motability concerns

Number of disabled people eligible for a Motability vehicle solely on the grounds of a physical impairment could be set to plunge.

Doubt cast over accessible transport progress report

A government progress report paints far too rosy a picture of the accessibility of public transport, say campaigners.

DWP admits mistake in ‘bedroom tax farce’

‘Unacceptable’ ruling on ‘bedroom tax’ set for court of appeal

Five disabled people who face losing their homes will ask the court of appeal later this month to rule that the policy discriminates against them.

Police fail again on disability hate crime

Another police force has admitted failing to treat repeated, targeted, violent offences against a disabled person as disability hate crimes.

Supplementary allowances for disabled students and staff

British Council are reopening applications to apply for the additional funding available to help support disabled students and staff

Welsh Government news: Care Council for Wales recruiting two new members

LDW Free In-Depth Training on rights for staff and students

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the rights under the Convention and be able to apply your knowledge in helping people with a learning disability to have fulfilling lives.

‘Looking Back, Moving Forward: Disability, Long-Term Health Conditions and Patient/Professional Relationships in South Wales’. Workshop

Disability Arts Cymru Training Programme Spring 2014

Three up comming workshops

Britain and Africa after 50 / Prydain ac Affrica 50 mlynedd yn ddiweddarachge

Britain and Africa after 50 years event

The Big Questions (Wales)

1 in 6 people in the UK are disabled. That's a lot of people and a lot of voters. But the country isn't supporting disabled people as we think it should.

Welsh Government to fund ‘Enabling Wales’ project

Just before Christmas Disability Wales learnt from the Welsh Government that our bid for Equality and Inclusion Grant funding of £318,506 has been successful.   […]

Welsh Affairs Committee call for evidence for pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill

The Welsh Affairs Committee will undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill in January 2014.   The Government published the draft Wales Bill on […]

Hate crime reporting gap persists, but watchdog welcomes progress

There is still a substantial gap between the number of disability hate crimes committed and how many are reported to police, although many public bodies […]

End of an era at Remploy as final three factories are sold

The final three Remploy sheltered factories have today (Friday) been sold, saving the jobs of nearly 180 disabled people, but marking the end of 67 […]

Public Consultation on a Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People

  http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/healthsocialcare/consultation/?lang=en http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/healthsocialcare/consultation/?skip=1&lang=cy

The UN Disability Convention: Participation Questionnaire

The questionnaire is available until 24 January 2014. This questionnaire is about the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (the UNCRPD, or the Disability Convention). You can find […]

Welsh Government Update on Access and Outdoor Recreation Green Paper

For information / of interest.   A consultation into Access and Outdoor recreation. – Natural Resources Wales   Planning our Future – is the consultation […]

Disabled people are worst affected by bedroom tax and welfare reforms

Benefit cuts leave disabled people facing decreasing incomes, postcode lotteries and threats to their independence

ENIL Press Release

ENIL marks Human Rights Day by calling for resolute action to uphold the rights of disabled people in Europe to be taken

Inequality for Disabled People in Wales

Disabled People in Wales face higher levels of inequality than in any region of England.

High Street Accessibility Survey – the results

Results from The Disability Rights Commission survey

‘Disability Experience Wales’

Feedback needed with regards to starting a company called 'Disability Experience Wales'

Housing (Wales) Bill Consultation

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Housing (Wales) Bill.

Communities 2.0 Christmas campaign kicks off on Monday

On the 12th Day of Christmas, Communities 2.0 gave to me…

Disabled people in Wales face higher levels of inequality than in any region of England

Disability Wales claims people are seen as welfare recipients rather than as employees and managers.

It’s time to create an enabling Wales

December 3rd was United Nations International Day of Disabled People.

Appointment of Chair of Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC)

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 31st December 2013.

My Rights, My Voice Training Course

FREE in-depth training on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Government appeal against Work Capability Assessment discrimination ruling is rejected

The Court of Appeal today rejected the Government’s appeal against a landmark ruling by the Upper Tribunal that the Work Capability Assessment discriminates against people with mental health issues.

RNIB Cymru creates fundraising group in Cardiff

RNIB Cymru needs your help. when they sett up a new fundraising group to support local people dealing with sight loss.

Autumn Statement: Welfare spending cap to start in 2015

A cap on total government welfare spending will start in 2015, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bedroom tax forces THOUSANDS of disabled people to cut back on food and heating

In a letter to Iain Duncan Smith, heads of more than 50 charities say tax is having a “devastating impact” on an estimated 330,000 disabled people

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 […]

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) […]

Oliver warns of fakes and false friends, in first speech for 10 years

Disabled people must beware of the “fakes” and “so-called friends” who try to jump on the independent living “bandwagon”, according to one of the disabled […]

Government continues softly-softly jobs approach with first of seven conferences

The government has hosted the first of seven conferences aimed at “showcasing the talents” of disabled people and highlighting their “huge value” to the economy. […]

Independent Living Fund: Government should be ‘held to account’ on UN convention

The government should be “held to account” over its failure to meet its independent living obligations under the UN disability convention, according to a leading […]

False information from minister raises fresh questions over Atos tender

The new minister for disabled people has been caught giving false information to an MP about the distance disabled people will have to travel to […]

Disabled activist could become first MP to use Independent Living Fund

A Labour campaigner and disability rights activist could be set to become the first MP who uses the Independent Living Fund (ILF). Pam Duncan is […]

Atos ‘refuses’ to review assessments by sacked ‘drunk’ nurse

The government contractor Atos Healthcare is apparently refusing to review what could be hundreds of disability assessments, after a nurse was sacked for carrying out […]

Training people to use universal credit ‘could cost hundreds of millions’

Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets

Ex-Remploy employees launch Swansea worker co-operative

Seven ex-Remploy employees have joined together to form a worker co-operative on the site of the former Remploy Factory in Fforestfach, Swansea.

‘Pernicious and vindictive’ bedroom tax must be scrapped, say MPs

MPs have heard how disabled people across the country have had their lives devastated by the government’s “bedroom tax”. Labour chose the bedroom tax as […]

Call for inquiry in wake of ILF appeal court win

One of the five Independent Living Fund-users who defeated the government in the court of appeal last week has called for a face-to-face meeting with […]

McVey resists resignation calls after ILF court defeat

Campaigners have called for a minister to resign, after a judge concluded she decided to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) despite knowing the “very […]

Atos move leaves DLA decision-makers guessing

Disability benefit decision-makers have been left without expert medical advice to call on for most of their cases, after the outsourcing giant Atos Healthcare withdrew […]

Food banks: where is the ‘suppressed’ government report on UK food poverty?

A Defra-commissioned report into the growth of food aid has been delayed. Could it be that it links welfare reform with the explosion in food banks?

Request for case studies

Disability Wales would be very interested to have case studies of your views and experiences of any of the following areas: – Welfare reform – […]

Statement by ILF recipients: “The future is ours to shape”

Victory For Independent Living Rights In English Appeal Court Statement by Anne Pridmore, Gabriel Pepper and Stuart Bracking As three of the Independent Living Fund […]

Transport Charter Questionnaire

Disability Wales will compile a Transport Charter. The aim of Disability Wales’ Transport charter is to inform transport providers of the access requirements of disabled […]

WG Blue Badge Consultation

Welsh Government are consulting blue badge eligibility and Cognitive Impairments. The Blue Badge Scheme in Wales provides access to services and facilities to people with […]

Independent Living Fund to be re-examined by ministers

The government will not be seeking leave to appeal after its decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) was overturned in a court ruling.

Disabled athletes set for a bigger voice within BPA

Disabled athletes are set to have a voice near the heart of the British Paralympic Association

Disability hate crime ‘not rising’, says EHRC

Research shows At least 70,000 disability hate crimes are committed every year

Getting Connected – Good Practice Guidance

RNIB Cymru's Get Connected project is excited to launch: Getting Connected - Good practice guidance for engaging people with sight loss in accessible technology

AM’s disappointment at DWP instruction not to record disability assessments

Rebecca Evans, has expressed disappointment at the DWP decision to instruct disability assessment providers not to offer audio or audio-visual recordings

Consultation on direction under Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

Independent Advice Final Report

Here's the response of the Independent Advice Provider’s Forum (IAPF) to the review of advice provision by Welsh Government.

Disabled people win Independent living fund case

Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund.

Visually impaired technology beginners encouraged to ‘Switch on’

This November the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is helping technology beginners to switch on and learn the basics. RNIB’s Switch on to […]

Bijan Ebrahimi murder: Killing ‘bears hallmarks of notorious hate crime killings’

The horrific murder of a disabled man bears the hallmarks of some of the most notorious disability hate crime killings of the last 10 years, […]

‘Historic’ disability summit is next step in WCA fightback

Disabled activists from many of the country’s most influential grassroots, user-led organisations have met for the first time at an historic “summit” meeting in London. […]

Council vote means Glasgow 2014 faces direct action over Atos sponsorship

Disabled activists have warned that they could disrupt next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with direct action protests, after councillors rejected calls to ask for […]

Challenges facing modern generation ‘worse than the 1950s’

Disabled people today are having to cope with problems that not even those who grew up in the segregated institutions of the 1950s and 1960s […]

Disabled workers could be owed thousands by cheating bosses

Disabled workers are being encouraged by the government to check that their employers have not been cheating them out of thousands of pounds. The Department […]

Neurological care plan for Wales aims to improve care for thousands

A plan to help improve diagnosis, treatment and awareness of neurological conditions from epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease is going out to consultation. More than 500,000 […]

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) checklist

Getting your organisation ready The PIP Toolkit for support organisations (gov.uk/dwp/pip-toolkit) contains quick guides, factsheets about PIP, examples of the letters and forms we’ll use, […]

Green Dragon Level 4 for DW

National Assembly for Wales Apprenticeship Scheme 2013-2014

Following a successful pilot year, the National Assembly for Wales’ Apprenticeship Scheme has been extended and this year will give six young people the opportunity […]

The PIP 20 metre rule remains intact

Article by Jane Young

Poverty has ‘profound’ impact on disabled children’s rights

Living in poverty has a “profound” impact on disabled children’s ability to secure the rights they are entitled to under three UN conventions, according to […]

Broadcasters must measure quality of subtitles, says Ofcom

Broadcasters will have to measure the quality of the subtitles they provide on live television programmes, the broadcasting watchdog has announced. Deaf campaigners welcomed the […]

Parts of movement ‘have let us down very badly’, says ILF-user

ILF protesters must wait again for latest court decision

A disabled activist who relied on the Independent Living Fund (ILF) to support her as a “games maker” at London 2012 has invited a cabinet […]

Spending on DLA and PIP will be cut next year, says new disability minister

The new minister for disabled people has admitted that spending on a key disability benefit will be cut next year. Mike Penning was talking to […]

Disability Research Consortium (DRC) Survey

The Disability Research Consortium (DRC) includes a range of partners from active disability user-led organisations and grass roots groups. They are asking disabled people to tell them […]