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‘Hypocrite!’ Minister for disabled people sparks anger over inaccessible HQ


The minister for disabled people has been accused of hypocrisy after he called for shops and restaurants across the country to improve their access, even though his own high street constituency office is inaccessible to wheelchair-users.

Mark Harper is Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, and the party’s constituency office in Cinderford high street has a large step in front of ...

Down’s syndrome does not shut the door on work


Many people with Down’s syndrome thrive in the workforce, so a new push to help them get there is welcome, says Callum Mackinnon.

Government minister Lord Freud last month commented that people with disabilities were “not worth” the minimum wage. While the Westminster welfare minister apologised within 24 hours, his comments do reflect the difficulties many people with ...

Thousands of Scottish children affected by benefit sanctions as food bank users top 900,000


Thousands of children in Scotland have been affected by cruel and vindictive benefit sanctions, new figures reveal.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in response to a Freedom of Information request (FOI), reveal that 3,600 Scottish benefit claimants with dependent children were hit by benefit sanctions between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.

The figure includes ...

Scotland's first ever Minister for Mental Health

Jamie Hepburn is the first Scottish Government minister to have mental health in his or her job title.

Commenting on his plans for mental health, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said:

“I am proud to be the first Scottish Government minister with mental health in my job title. This demonstrates the importance we place on improving the nation’s ...

Faruk Ali: Bedfordshire PCs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts cleared


Two police officers accused of pursuing an autistic man before one beat him have been cleared of all charges.

Bedfordshire PCs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts were found not guilty of misconduct in a public office by chasing Faruk Ali, 33, in a police car.

PC Thomas, 33, of Welwyn Garden City, was also cleared of racially aggravated assault over the incident in Luton.

Judge ...

Bus firms not required to force parents with buggies to move for wheelchairs


Wheelchair users should petition parliament for a change in the law if they want to be sure of the right to reserved spaces on buses, according to a court of appeal judgment.

In a ruling that balanced the interest of passengers with pushchairs against those in wheelchairs, three senior judges decided that transport firms are not required to force one traveller to make way for the other.

“The ...

Yes, people can starve in benefit-sanctions Britain


Unemployed, disabled and chronically ill people are going hungry – because a sadistic government is removing the money they need to eat.

“Hunger stalks this country” is the finding of a church-funded report by an all-party group of MPs and peers released today. Lady Jenkin, a Conservative, used its launch to declare the main cause of this national crisis was “poor ...

Disabled man refused benefits and left on crisis loan because he asked for help with form


A disabled job-seeker was refused benefit payments and left relying on a crisis loan because he wanted help understanding a document before he signed it.

Chris Hart, 47, from Plympton, was refused job seeker’s allowance (JSA) and hardship payments because he asked for support before he signed the agreement.

Now Mr Hart’s legal challenge against the Department of Work and ...

New coalition will battle for humane welfare system


A coalition of leading civil society groups has been formed to press for a humane welfare system.

The Scottish Leaders Welfare Group (SLWG) met today (Monday) in Glasgow and said it would start to collate evidence which would be used to put pressure on both Westminster and Holyrood.

Its work kicked off straight away when it met in Drumchapel Citizen's Advice Bureau and its members ...

Exclusive: closure threatened charity worth 11 million a year to Glasgow


Millions of pounds will be squandered if funding is pulled from a closure-threatened frontline charity in Glasgow.

A report into the workings of the Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH), seen by TFN, shows that for an annual investment of £2.1million, it provides a return of £11.1m.

Despite this, Glasgow City Council has said it wants to withdraw its support from ...

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