Disability News Service

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

Minister Criticised By Government ‘Disability Champion’ Over Third Access Exemption

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been criticised by one of its own “disability champions” after it granted the transport industry its third temporary exemption from access laws, so it could continue to use inaccessible vehicles for rail replacement services. In December, it emerged that the government was allowing the […]

Coronavirus: MPs And Peers Ask PM For A ‘Disability Inclusive’ Response To Pandemic

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. At least 10 disabled MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to ensure that the government improves its support for disabled people in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to Boris Johnson by the all-party parliamentary group for disability and […]

Coronavirus: Disabled Benefit Claimants Tell MPs How Crisis Has Hit Them Hard

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people have told MPs how they have been hit particularly hard by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the benefits system. The Commons work and pensions committee carried out a survey of benefit claimants as part of an inquiry into the response of the Department […]

Labour’s New Leader Faces Pressure To Follow Through On Campaign Rights Pledges

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Keir Starmer is set to face pressure from the disabled people’s movement to commit his party to keep a series of pledges he made during his successful campaign to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Among the most striking of those pledges was to back calls by […]

Coronavirus: Government’s Continuing Failure On PA Guidance ‘Will Cost Lives’

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government’s continuing failure to produce accessible information and guidance to help disabled people protect themselves during the coronavirus crisis is unacceptable and will cost lives, disabled people’s organisations have warned. Disabled campaigners spoke out after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) failed […]

Government Blames Coronavirus Crisis For Closure Of Elected Office Fund

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has blamed the coronavirus crisis for its decision to close a temporary fund that was set up to support disabled people with the extra costs of running for political office. One disabled politician has described the permanent closure of the EnAble fund as a “kick in […]

Coronavirus: Council ‘Tells Social Workers To Stop All Their Usual Work’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority apparently told its social workers to “stop all their usual work” until the coronavirus crisis was over, even before emergency powers to reduce their duties under the Care Act became law. The controversial Coronavirus Act, which became law last Wednesday (25 March), suspended […]

Coronavirus: Lack Of Engagement With DPOs ‘Has Led To Bad Policies’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government is facing claims that its continuing and repeated refusal to consult with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) has contributed to its failure to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the coronavirus crisis. Successive governments since 2012 have been criticised for their failure to engage […]

Labour Leadership: Starmer Backs Calls For Free Social Care

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The MP leading the race to be Labour’s next leader has become the first candidate to back calls by disabled people’s groups for the introduction of free social care, funded by national progressive taxation. Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, said he supported the motion passed […]

Support For ‘Amazing’ Campaigner Whose Vital Legal Case Could Help Thousands

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By John Pring in Disability News.   Disabled campaigners travelled from across the country this week to show support for a fellow activist as she took on justice ministers in the high court over the ruinous costs disabled people can face when they take disability discrimination cases. If she wins, Esther Leighton could give hope to thousands […]

Schools Are Failing Legal Duties On Accessibility Plans, Says Report

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Secondary schools across England are breaching their legal duty to publish plans showing how they will improve access for disabled pupils, according to new research published today (Thursday). The research, carried out on behalf of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), says the government, the education watchdog […]

Judge’s PIP Comments Suggest Thousands Have Had Claims Wrongly Stopped

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Thousands of disabled people could have had their benefit claims stopped unlawfully, campaigners believe, after a judge found that letters sent out by government contractors were failing to stress the serious consequences of failing to attend a face-to-face assessment. Upper tribunal judge Nicholas Wikeley said he […]

Scope Accused Of ‘Exploitation’ After Seeking Disabled Writer To Work For Free

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment. The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article […]

New Government Provides Details On Five Disability Policy Pledges

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The new Conservative government has described how it plans to fulfil the five major disability policy pledges it included in its general election manifesto. The details were included in a briefing document published alongside last month’s Queen’s speech by prime minister Boris Johnson. They cover social care, a […]

Book Exposes ‘Horrifying’ Levels Of Abuse Faced By Disabled People On Public Transport

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” and illustrate the “ongoing […]

Lewisham Commission Hopes To Put Disabled People At Heart Of Decision-Making

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority has become the second in London to set up an independent, user-led commission to investigate the barriers faced by disabled residents. Lewisham Disabled People’s Commission (LDPC) will be led by disabled people and will examine organisational, attitudinal and physical barriers faced by disabled […]

Activists Combine To Offer PIP Assessment Recording Kits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled activists have responded to the government’s continuing failure to deal with the dishonesty and inaccuracy of the disability benefit assessment process by launching schemes to ensure that claimants can record their own assessments. Grassroots groups of disabled activists launched two separate campaigns this week […]

CPS Concern Over Huge Drop In Police Disability Hate Crime Cases

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. The Crown Prosecution Service has joined a leading disabled campaigner in raising concerns about a huge fall in the number of disability hate crime cases passed by police forces to prosecutors. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual hate crime report for 2018-19 revealed this week that […]

Ministers Push Ahead With Single Face-To-Face Assessments For Disability Benefits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to offer a single face-to-face assessment – with the agreement of the claimant – that would […]

Legal Firm Hands Out Cameras To Help Disabled Passengers Prove Discrimination

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people who experience repeated discrimination on public transport are being offered a camera to record video evidence for possible legal cases. Legal firm Fry Law, which specialises in disability discrimination cases, is hoping some of the evidence produced can then be used to bring cases […]

MPs Call For Overdue Government Action To Ban Pavement Parking

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.     A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations. The Commons transport committee says in a new report that pavement parking […]

DWP Admits It Has No Idea How Many Of Its Disability Champions Are Disabled People

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that it has no idea how many of its 19 “disability champions” are disabled people. The disability sector champions – covering areas such as banking, gaming, arts and culture, media, music and retail – are supposed to drive […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

Theresa May’s Disability Announcements ‘Are Just Cynical Leftovers’

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people’s organisations have reacted with suspicion and some hostility to the outgoing prime minister’s attempt to shore up her “legacy” with a series of disability-related announcements. Although some of the measures announced by Theresa May (pictured) were welcomed, many user-led organisations questioned why she had left […]

User-Led Advice Centre Set To Close Its Doors After NHS Funding Blow

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled people’s organisation is set to have to close the doors of its advice centre, which has provided vital support with benefit claims to thousands of disabled people, after nearly all its funding was suddenly withdrawn by a local NHS body. Possability People has been running […]

Airline Forced To Apologise After Charging Woman For Carer’s Seat Reservation

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   An airline has been forced to apologise to a disabled woman after it charged her extra to reserve a seat next to her for her carer, and then refused to refund the charge. Helen Jenkins had informed Flybe when she was booking her return flights […]

‘Angel’ Investor Seeks Entrepreneurs To Transform Life For Disabled People

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      By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled entrepreneurs with technology-based business ideas that could transform life for other disabled people have a chance to secure up to £100,000 of funding through an “angel” investment programme. Entrepreneur and investor Rohan Silva, a former senior policy adviser to Conservative prime minister David Cameron, […]

Some Claims That London 2012 Changed The World Are Nonsense, Says Disabled Peer

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled […]

Newton Forced To Apologise After Misleading MPs In WOW Debate

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people has been forced to apologise to MPs after Disability News Service (DNS) caught her misleading MPs about support for disabled people for the fourth time in less than a year. The misleading comments by Sarah Newton about disability poverty came in […]

Government Is Failing On Disabled Women’s Rights, UN Is Told

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Activists have told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were […]

DWP Refuses To Reveal Police Forces That Share Information On Disabled Protesters

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say which police forces have passed it video footage and other information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking and anti-austerity protests. DWP’s attempt to hide its links with police forces has caused […]

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