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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 now going into ensuring that the forthcoming Social Services and Well-being Act Regulations and Code of Practice enable CDS to be implemented across Wales.   […]

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 death threats. For the text of the original breaking news article in the Financial Times (which has since been confirmed by Atos), see: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s0k037 This […]

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 reform and how it’s affecting people’s lives. Researchers are especially interested in speaking to people who have been hit by multiple changes, in order for […]

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 today reveal.  The statistics also expose the massive backlog created by the combined failures of Atos, Capita and the DWP, with fewer than one in […]

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 accepted that they needed separate bedrooms. District judge Sarah Williams allowed an appeal against a county council decision to apply a two-bedroom reduction in housing […]

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. A report published today by Wales & West Housing Association revealed that MORE than £40m of public money is set to be wasted 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.   Over the next three years our project, called Enabling Wales, will provide a programme of training, coaching and consultancy to:   • develop young disabled […]

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 18 December 2013. The Bill primarily intends to enact UK Government policy in two areas:   Devolution of taxation and borrowing powers   Following the […]

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 are “making progress” with their response to disability-related harassment, according to a new report. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was reporting on progress […]

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 years of manufacturing. The factories in Coventry, Derby and Birmingham – which provide services to UK automotive and construction machinery manufacturers – have been sold […]

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 out all about the Disability Convention here and by reading our guide. Are you a disabled people’s organisation?  If you would like to arrange a meeting about […]

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 document – If you would like to respond, please do so directly.   A Word Format Consultation response form and other background reading also attached. […]

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 Baulch was one of about 20 disabled people who presented personal evidence about the impact of the government’s austerity programme on their human rights, during […]

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 pioneers has told a parliamentary meeting. John Evans, who 30 years ago was liberated from a Cheshire Home when he used council funding to set […]

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 the workplace. The Access to Work (AtW) guidance means that any deaf person who needs more than 30 hours a week of government-funded communication support […]

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 told how he had been left for months without his disability benefits. They have been waiting nearly three months without any communication from Atos Healthcare, […]

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 appeared certain to reach its target of 100,000 people within days. Francesca Martinez was speaking to Disability News Service as the War On Welfare (WOW) […]

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 a minimum sentence of just 18 years. They say the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi in Bristol has similarities with some of the most shocking disability […]

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 of provision in Wales reveals that the providers of housing to 20,826 households affected by the bedroom tax have only 280 one-bedroom properties currently available […]

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 and charity-run residential homes. Last month, Lord [Colin] Low secured a rare parliamentary victory over the government when his amendment to the care bill was […]

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) has heard. The annual month-long series of events was set up to “celebrate our lives and to explore the history of negative attitudes and their […]

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 people’s movement’s key figures, in his first speech on disability in 10 years. Professor Mike Oliver, the disabled academic who first defined “the social model […]

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. The first – fronted by Paralympian Sophie Christiansen – took place today (Thursday) in Birmingham, with delegates from companies such as Santander, Sainsbury’s, Boots and […]

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 disabled peer. Baroness [Jane] Campbell said that disabled people would be “stuffed” if the government went ahead with plans to close the Independent Living Fund […]

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 reach their face-to-face assessments for the government’s new disability benefit. Mike Penning had been asked by Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart which of the centres provided […]

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 seeking to be selected by her local Labour party to fight the Falkirk seat at the next general election in 2015. It is believed that […]

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 “fitness for work” tests while drunk. Heather Margaret Macbean performed work capability assessments (WCAs) for Atos for at least five months – and probably much […]

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 the subject of its latest opposition day debate, and many MPs used the cases of disabled constituents to illustrate why it should be scrapped. From […]

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 the new minister for disabled people. Stuart Bracking said he wants Mike Penning to understand how important the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is to those […]

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 real adverse consequences” it would have on many disabled people with high support needs. Last week, three senior court of appeal judges unanimously upheld an […]

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 from large parts of a key contract. Doctors employed by Atos used to advise Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision-makers on the more difficult […]

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 - Blue badge issues - Provision of information, advice and advocacy services - Hate crime - Housing accessibility issues - Transport accessibility issues Information and real […]

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 users who have challenged the legality of the government’s decision to close the Fund, we welcome the Appeal Court’s unanimous ruling that this decision should […]

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 people. It will be made and agreed upon by disabled people and covers issues that apply to all modes of transport. Disability Wales is aware […]

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 mobility impairments who meet the eligibility criteria. This consultation outlines proposals to include within the eligibility criteria people who are unable to travel safely because […]

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 technology month will focus on the common questions that many beginners have: what’s out there for me, where can I get hold of it and […]

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, say shocked campaigners. Bijan Ebrahimi was kicked unconscious and then set alight by 24-year-old Lee James, who lived just a few doors away from his […]

‘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. They were there to discuss developing their own replacement for the hated work capability assessment (WCA), which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits. Organisations represented […]

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 the government’s unpopular “fitness for work” contractor to be dropped as a sponsor. SNP councillor Billy McAllister had proposed that Glasgow city council should write […]

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 had to face, a leading disabled campaigner has told a conference. Phil Friend, chair of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), told the organisation’s annual general […]

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 for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said today (1 November) that disabled workers were particularly at risk of being paid below the national minimum wage. […]

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 people in Wales are affected, with 10,000 living with long-term conditions. The Welsh government has set out its expectations of care across the NHS in […]

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, and alternative formats. Adapt these to your own guidance or communications. The information for specific groups in the toolkit contains tailored communications and guidance that […]

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 to work at the heart of the democratic process within the National Assembly for Wales. Each of the six posts is full time (37 hours […]

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 the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC). A new OCC report, We Want to Help People See Things Our Way, paints a “disturbing” picture of […]

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 decision by Ofcom, but said it was “long overdue”. The results of an Ofcom consultation showed viewers noting problems with the speed, accuracy and presentation […]

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 minister to tea so she can explain the damage its closure will cause. Mary Laver was one of the ILF-users who travelled to London this […]

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 News Service (DNS) in one of his first interviews since being appointed to the position last week. Just two weeks after his predecessor Esther […]

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 what key things that need to change? Which barriers need to be broken in the long term? How can we make this happen together? They believe […]