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Ticketmaster Makes ‘Huge Step Forward’ For Disabled Music Fans

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  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

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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

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  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

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    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’

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      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

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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

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    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

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  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 ?

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  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

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  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

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  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

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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

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  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’

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  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

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  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 […]

New Diesel And Petrol Vehicles To Be Banned From 2040 In UK

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    From BBC News.   New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package […]

Broadband Advert Rule Changes Come Into Effect

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    From BBC News.   New rules forcing broadband firms to be clearer in adverts on the costs of their contracts have come into effect. Broadband suppliers will now have to show upfront and monthly costs, without separating out line rental prices, according to the changes brought in by the Advertising Standards Authority. The […]

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