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Thursday, 23 October 2014
MPs to probe Government's savage benefit cuts
MPs are to hold a new inquiry into the government’s brutal benefit sanctions regime – following a campaign backed by the Daily Mirror.
It has been triggered by Labour MP Debbie Abrahams, who called on the Work and Pensions Select Committee to investigate after the Government refused an inquiry.
The move follows a 200,000-strong petition set up by Gill Thompson in July ...
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
£80 charge for elderly people to go to hospital sparks outcry
People living in Kintyre are asked for £80 if they need to go to Glasgow and £60 to travel to Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban, although the state pension is only £113.75.
The charges are being applied when a patient has been assessed, via a telephone booking system as not qualifying for NHS transport.
With no public transport available to take people to the hospitals ...
Smith Commission overwhelmed by 6,000 visions for Scotland
The commission tasked with coming up with a plan for more powers for Holyrood has been overwhelmed with ideas from civil society more than a week before the official deadline for responses.
Nearly 6,000 submissions from iniduals and organisations including voluntary groups, trade unions and faith communities have already been sent to Lord Smith of Kelvin, who is leading the commission.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Family could lose home after theme park pursues discrimination case costs
A disabled man who lost a discrimination case against a theme park due to a legal loophole is now at risk of losing the family home because the company is insisting on recovering its legal costs.
Paul and his wife Belinda, from Kilmarnock, Scotland, had been planning to enjoy lunch with their four children at The Coach House, a pub run by the Flamingo Land theme park in Yorkshire, where ...
New strategy to make Scotlandís transport network fully accessible
A draft strategy to make Scotland’s transport network fully accessible for disabled people has been drawn up by an alliance of transport users, planners and operators.
The Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA), which consists of 80 members, has outlined five main areas that must be improved so everyone can have the best possible opportunity to travel and access the services ...
Monday, 20 October 2014
'600,000 more UK children' in absolute poverty since Coalition came to power
Some 600,000 more children in Britain are in 'absolute poverty' than when the Coalition came to power, the Government's adviser on social mobility has warned.
And he says by 2020 things may have got worse not better.
Speaking to ITV News after the publication of his second annual report, Mr Milburn said:
'2020, which should have marked the end of child poverty in our country, ...
Why has there never been a disabled candidate in The Apprentice?
The Apprentice is back on television screens for its 10th series but there has never been a visibly disabled person in the programme. Why?
Over the years The Apprentice has ensured an incredibly erse group of candidates. There's always been a 50/50 gender split between men and women and a broad range of religions, sexualities, races and social backgrounds.
But disabilities do not ...
Friday, 17 October 2014
Disabled people 'face online barrier to services'
Moving public services online is creating a barrier for many disabled people in Wales, campaigners claim.
Disability Wales is concerned that an estimated 40% of disabled people do not have access to the internet, compared to just 12% of non-disabled people.
An 18-month project to boost 'digital inclusion' will be the focus of a seminar in Wrexham.
Rhian Davies, chief executive ...
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Minister must resign over comments, says Inclusion Scotland
A disability charity has joined the chorus demanding that a senior government minister resigns over a comment he made suggesting people with disabilities should be paid less than the minimum wage.
Inclusion Scotland accused Lord Freud of “striking fear” into the hearts of disabled people.
The group said there would be few tears shed if he were to fall on his sword.
Experts unite to tackle city reliance on food handouts
As part of Challenge Poverty week, the Poverty Alliance and a host of other city organisations will come together at the Nourish conference to discuss the city's food insecurity.
Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, blamed low wages and sanctions for pushing more people below the breadline, while the Trussell Trust have predicted the increasing reliance is not likely to change ...
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