Disability News Service

Disabled People ‘Denied Access To Justice By Failure Of Judges On Reasonable Adjustments’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human rights barrister. John Horan said the legal profession was failing to address the discrimination faced […]

The Violence Of Austerity

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  From Disability News Service.     Disabled people are being subjected to dangerous violations of health and safety laws after being forced to take part in government workfare programmes, according to new research published this week. The analysis of first-hand accounts of benefit claimants forced into unpaid work by the Department for Work and […]

Questions Over DWP’s Further Medical Evidence Pilot Secrecy

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing questions over why it failed to release the results of a pilot project that was supposed to correct a fatal flaw in its “fitness for work” test. DWP had promised a judge that the pilot project would […]

New System Allows Wheelchair-Users To Park Their Unoccupied Cars

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A wheelchair-user has successfully tested a system that allows an unoccupied car to be parked after its driver has left the vehicle, using technology that could be publicly available within a year. The organisations developing the system, demonstrated in the last few days at a […]

Chancellor’s Social Care And WRAG Omissions ‘Show Contempt For Disabled People’

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    From The Disability News Service.   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance (ESA). Despite weeks of lobbying from disabled people, politicians – including some Tory MPs – and charities, he […]

Bedroom Tax Discriminates Against Disabled Children, Say Appeal Court Judges

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  By John Pring in The Disability News Service.   The government’s “bedroom tax” discriminates unlawfully against disabled children, the court of appeal has ruled. The appeal court, which overturned a high court decision, was hearing the case of two disabled grandparents who care for their disabled grandson in an adapted three-bedroom bungalow in Pembrokeshire, […]

Scottish Government Could Face Legal Action Over Budget Cuts ‘Discrimination’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding. Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a […]

Spending Review: Confusion Over Chancellor’s Access To Work Pledge

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  Story by John Pring in the Disability News Service. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has caused confusion after refusing to confirm what appeared to be a huge increase in funding for the programme that supports disabled people in the workplace. The spending review, published last Wednesday, included the announcement of a “real […]

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