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Blue Badge Permit ‘Shocking Disparity’ Revealed


  By Alex Homer & Ollie Sirrel in BBC News. People with non-visible disabilities such as autism or Parkinson’s disease face a “shocking disparity” when applying for a blue badge parking permit, a BBC investigation has found. Scores of councils have lower approval rates for non-visible disabilities applications compared to those for physical impairments. Non-visible […]

Changing Places Toilets For Disabled People To Be Compulsory

Changing Places

  From BBC News. Large accessible toilets for severely disabled people – known as Changing Places – will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021. Shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues will be required to include at least one Changing Place, a government spokesman said. The facilities include hoists, changing benches […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Living With An Invisible Illness

BBC News

  From BBCNews.   Lorna Bryson, 25, suffers from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The illness means she has a low immune system, gets headaches, sore muscles and joints, and needs at least 12 hours sleep every night. Doctors didn’t believe there was anything wrong with Lorna growing up as she […]

General election 2019: What’s Pledged For Disability And Mental Health ?


      By Damon Rose & Beth Rose in BBC News.   With 13 million disabled people in the country, plus their friends and family, the political parties have a huge community to court. Universal credit is still making headlines, while the main parties are divided on what to do with the social care […]

Ticketmaster Makes ‘Huge Step Forward’ For Disabled Music Fans


  By Mark Savage in BBC News.   For years, deaf and disabled music fans have faced huge barriers when it comes to booking concert tickets. Whether it’s the requirement to call premium rate help lines, or having to provide evidence of their disabilities, the experience has put many fans off. Now Ticketmaster is introducing […]

Disability Hate Crime: Number Of Reports Rising

Disability Parking

From BBC News. Shocking but not surprising is how one campaigner has described a rise in disability hate crimes. Research by learning disability charity United Response found there were more than 6,000 reported cases in 2018-19, a rise of just under 12% in a year. The police force area with the largest number was West […]

‘Dangerous’ Dockless Bikes Blocking Streets, Say Disability Activists


  By Ella Wills BBC News.   Registered as blind for 15 years, Deborah Persaud travels around London with guide dog Lewis by her side. But on recent walks to work, the pair have faced a new challenge on pavements – dockless bikes for hire. “Lewis has to navigate around them [and] we often end up […]

Capita Seeks To Reverse ‘Reputational Damage’ After Death Of Claimant


    By Michael Buchanan Social affairs correspondent, BBC News.   Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the “reputational damage” it says it suffered after a claimant died. Victoria Smith died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment. The outsourcing company was ordered to pay £10,000 […]

My ME And Me: ‘I Don’t Remember What It’s Like To Not Be Ill’


      By Hannah  Price in BBC News.   It’s hard not to feel suffocated by the stale air and sterile, white ceilings of a hospital ward. The incessant beeping and patient grumbling provides a constant, miserable soundtrack as you wish you were literally anywhere else. When I was admitted to hospital in February, […]

ME Patients Face UK Ban On Donating Blood


An old story, but worth repeating for those who believe ME is all in our minds. By Michelle Roberts in BBC News. Patients with ME will no longer be able to donate blood in the UK under new safety guidelines. Officials say the ban, starting on 1 November, is designed to protect the health of […]

Universal Credit Roll-Out Delayed – Again


    By Katie Campbell in UNITE.   Leaked documents seen by the BBC have shown that the government will once again delay the rollout of Universal Credit, with Esther McVey saying that a “small amount of people – maybe 10,000” will be moved onto the system in 2019. Despite the government’s plans to have Universal Credit fully up-and-running […]

Northern Rail ‘Sorry’ Over Mobility Scooter Mishap


  From BBC News.   Northern Rail has apologised after a passenger who is disabled was told she could not travel with her mobility scooter despite being sold a ticket. The 31-year-old, who has autism and the debilitating Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, filmed her experience on board a train on her way to a wedding on Thursday. […]

What Lies Beneath England’s Allegiances And Rivalries ?


  By Mark Easton in BBC News.   Beneath the veneer of national identity, England is an elaborate tapestry of allegiances and rivalries. For centuries, bureaucrats have drawn lines on the map without understanding the invisible ley lines of belonging that criss-cross the English countryside. There are deep loyalties to ancient counties, proud cities and […]

Fire Service Delayed By Software In Whitby Magpie Cafe Blaze

The Magpie

  From BBC News.   A failure of technology in a fire control room led to a seven-minute delay despatching an engine to a restaurant blaze. The Magpie Cafe in Whitby, North Yorkshire, suffered extensive damage in the fire on 1 May 2017. The restaurant’s owners believe it was 20 to 25 minutes before a […]

Hull Trawler Tragedy 50th Anniversary Marked With Service


  From BBC News.   A memorial service to mark 50 years since 58 fishermen died in three separate trawler tragedies has taken place in Hull. The St Romanus, Kingston Peridot and Ross Cleveland trawlers all sank within weeks of each other in 1968. The deaths sparked a group of women, dubbed the Headscarf Revolutionaries, […]

Ministers Back Down In Legal Battle Over Disability Benefits


From BBC News.   Ministers have backed down in a row over paying higher disability benefits to 164,000 people by saying they will not contest a High Court decision. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said she would not appeal December’s judgement over payments to people with mental health conditions. Ministers had sought to limit […]

I Had It All – Now I Create A New World In A Single Room


  By Mobeen Azhar BBC News.   As Prince’s art director, Michael Van Huffel became used to working at all times of day or night. But 10 years ago the debilitating neuroimmune condition ME left him barely able to move – since then he has had to find very different ways of making art, within the […]

UK ‘Faces Build-Up Of Plastic Waste’


  By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst in BBC News.   The UK’s recycling industry says it doesn’t know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the trade has been stopped. At the […]

Automated Checkouts ‘Miserable’ For Elderly Shoppers


  By Sean Coughlan in BBC News.   Automated checkout machines put off about a quarter of older people from going shopping, a survey from a housing charity for the elderly suggests. They can find the automated checkouts “intimidating” and “unfriendly,” according to the charity, Anchor. Without someone to talk to at the tills, shopping […]

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