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Diverse Cymru – Diversity in Film and TV

Diverse Cymru are working with and on behalf of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector Team to deliver a pioneering project, Diversity in Film and TV, to […]

First minister deadlock: AMs to meet over Labour-Plaid deal

A deal to end the stalemate over who becomes first minister will be put in front of AMs from Labour and Plaid Cymru on Tuesday. […]

Europe agrees rules on website accessibility

European Parliament reaches provisional agreement on accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and mobile apps Many of us take the internet for granted – but […]

Shaking, crying, panic – the trauma of a benefits assessment with PTSD

After a distressing experience she can’t even remember, Lucia’s PIP was cut. She suffered a relapse and, like dominos, more benefits were taken away Looking […]

Disability charity publishes free easy read guide on EU Referendum 23rd June

The national disability charity, United Response, has published an easy read summary covering the forthcoming EU Referendum. The summary is the sixth special edition of […]

Isaac takes EHRC chair, despite concerns over DWP ‘outsourcing’ work

The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s […]

Apprenticeship taskforce welcomed, despite concerns over membership

Disabled campaigners are hoping a new government taskforce will lead to apprenticeships becoming more accessible to disabled people, despite concerns over who ministers will invite […]

Pioneering £5 million DRILL programme sends out first call for funding bids

A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to […]

It is ‘not value-for-money’ to collect vital PIP stats on 20-metre rule, says DWP

Two disabled peers have criticised ministers for refusing to collect figures that would demonstrate the impact of a key element of new benefit rules that […]

Wheelchair taxi rules will finally come into force… after 20 years

A report by peers on the impact of equality legislation on disabled people appears to have secured its first success, after the government agreed to […]

Crabb hints at lengthy delays to manifesto pledge on disability jobs gap

The new work and pensions secretary has suggested the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap will face lengthy delays, after he said he […]

Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts

The new work and pensions secretary has sent out mixed signals on whether he wants to make further cuts to spending on disability benefits. Stephen […]

Jailed conman who targeted disabled people ‘defrauded hundreds’

Hundreds of disabled people are believed to have fallen victim to a “manipulative” fraudster who posed as a lawyer to steal money they were owed […]

assist-Mi® App for access on the go

assist-Mi® is a revolutionary app that offers comprehensive assistance to disabled users on the go, empowering them to greater independence when accessing everyday goods and […]

Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru trade accusations in assembly standoff

Parties accuse each other of arrogance as impasse over who will be first minister leaves assembly in limbo. Welsh Labour and the nationalists Plaid Cymru […]

Building Livelihoods poverty project a success, charity says

A new approach to combating poverty which has been piloted across Wales is effective and saves money from the public purse, Oxfam Cymru has said. […]

What will it take to pay the Living Wage in Wales? – Project

More than a quarter of all employees in Wales are paid less than the Living Wage – the minimum hourly rate needed to afford a […]

New EHRC Commissioner for Wales

Message from Kate Bennett: June Milligan appointed EHRC Commissioner for Wales   I’m thrilled to announce that June Milligan has been appointed as our new […]

Disabled people deserve a fairer interpretation of their mobility than this arbitrary 20 metre rule

The space behind the clerks’ table in the House of Lords was occupied last week by three wheelchair-user peers and myself, on a mobility scooter, […]

Digital Communities Wales

From 2009 until 2015, Communities 2.0, a Welsh Government digital inclusion project, helped 60,000 to get online. Despite this good progress, 19% of adults in […]

NEST – tackiling fuel poverty

Working in partnership to tackle fuel poverty The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of […]

Hijinx Taster Sessions

Hijinx Taster Sessions Taster sessions for our Academies and Drama Foundation courses. email – jon.kidd@hijinx.org.uk And these are the dates of the taster sessions: North […]

Learning Disability Wales new project Valued Lives

Valued Lives – Working together to Inform, Train, Innovate, Represent and Challenge Valued Lives supports the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and will train, […]

Invictus Games 2016: Six Welsh warriors taking part

Six Welsh military veterans are part of the 108 strong British team out in America for the Invictus Games. The five-day event got underway when […]

Cancer costs too high for average Welsh family, charity says

Most people in Wales cannot financially afford to get cancer because of the increased living costs, a cancer charity has said. Macmillan Cancer Support estimates […]

Radio station aims to give voice to disabled people

An internet radio station produced by and for people with disabilities is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting. Able Radio started life as an in-house production […]

Language, love and research feature in 11th Blogging Against Disablism Day

By Raya Al Jadir Disabled people have taken part in the 11th annual Blogging Against Disablism Day, sharing their “experiences, observations and thoughts about disability […]

Channel 4 defends decision on mental health panel make-up

Channel 4 has been criticised for hosting a panel discussion on how the media treats mental health, without inviting anyone with mental health difficulties onto […]

New ‘hub’ means pioneering university will join world leaders in disability law

The University of Leeds is set to become a world leader in disability law, after setting up a ground-breaking new “hub” of some of the […]

Government’s failure to ring-fence ILF funding ‘is leading to postcode lottery’

The government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it is handing to local authorities following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is leading to […]

Agreement on new EU public sector website access is ‘crucial milestone’

An agreement on new European Union (EU) rules on the accessibility of public sector websites is a “crucial milestone” on the journey towards an inclusive […]

Campaigners call on minister to reject rail access funding delay

Campaigners have called on the transport secretary to ignore recommendations from the head of Network Rail that would delay tens of millions of pounds of […]

Scottish police assessing possible investigation into IDS and Grayling

Scottish police are assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation into the failure of two government ministers to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety […]

‘Appallingly bad’ software may cause lost PIP letters, says whistleblower

Vital letters that tell disabled people they have to transfer to the government’s new disability benefit are being lost in the system, leading to them […]

‘Cruel and inept’ police locked up autistic man after he was attacked in hate crime

A young autistic man was arrested and held in a police cell for nine hours without medical treatment after he was the victim of a […]

Multi-million pound disability research programme seek proposals

Press Release: The UK-wide Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) Programme invites research teams led by disabled people to respond to its first […]

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 […]