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Friday, 25 July 2014
Disabled people pay £550 'penalty' each month
A commission has been launched into why disabled adults spend around £36bn a year on extra costs due to their disability.
It comes after new research conducted with ITV News found people pay a 'financial penalty' of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.
The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.
Fresh embarrassment for Nick Clegg after £1billion flagship work scheme is dropped
Nick Clegg faced embarrassment today after his flagship initiatives for tackling youth unemployment was wound up early.
The £1billion Youth Contract Wage Incentive Scheme championed by the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister was cut short amid accusations it has been a complete flop.
It was launched at the height of the recession in an attempt to help jobless youngsters into work.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Iain Duncan Smith told to rip up flawed 'fit for work' tests
Iain Duncan Smith's scheme to get the disabled back to work is causing 'considerable distress and anxiety' and should be completely overhauled, say MPs.
The long-term ill and disabled must undergo a Work Capability Assessment to apply for Employment and Support Allowance.
But in a withering report today, MPs say ESA is fundamentally flawed and needs a total 'redesign'.
At the ...
Zero hours contracts force workers to rely on food banks
Highly controversial Zero hours contracts are forcing Scottish workers to turn to food banks and payday lenders, according to a new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
The report, ‘Working at the Edge‘, found that the inappropriate use of zero hours contracts by unscrupulous employers is exploiting workers and leaving them with “no hours, no pay and no chance”.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Disability benefits system has 'grave' flaws, MPs warn
Parts of the UK's disability benefits system require a 'fundamental redesign' because flaws in the process are so 'grave', a report by MPs has said.
A Commons committee said replacing the firm Atos - which until March assessed whether people were fit to work - would not address the problems 'on its own'.
The report said changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) system ...
Malnutrition soars by more than 70% since Coalition came to power
Malnutrition has soared by more than 70% since the Coalition came to power according to shocking data on hospital admissions.
During the Tory-led Government’s relentless cuts drive doctors in England have seen huge increases in conditions usually associated with the Third World.
People unable to feed themselves saw a staggering 6,686 admissions where malnutrition was the primary ...
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
PIP 20 metre court case fails
The High Court has today rejected the judicial review challenge to the fairness of its consultation process on the introduction of new 20 metre eligibility criteria for the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The challenge was brought by Mr. Steven Sumpter who can only walk a few metres with a stick and is otherwise dependent on a wheelchair. He was assessed as eligible ...
Monday, 21 July 2014
We must all fight to keep the Human Rights Act
Carole Ewart, coordinator of Human Rights Consortium Scotland, believes it is our duty to protect UK human rights laws.
Sometimes you only miss something when it goes. Just when you need it, it’s missing.
This could happen to our fundamental rights given the re-emergence of political initiatives to abolish the Human Rights Act of1998. If we are passive and depend on others to ...
Premier League clubs are ‘ignoring equality laws’
Premier League football clubs are ignoring equality laws by refusing to improve access to their grounds for disabled supporters, say campaigners.
The user-led charity Level Playing Field – which promotes good access for sports fans – spoke out after peers criticised clubs during a short debate in the House of Lords this week.
The disabled peer and retired Paralympian Baroness ...
Friday, 18 July 2014
Give disabled people support to live, not right to die
With the House of Lords to consider today the Assisted Suicide Bill tabled by Lord Falconer, how informed are our lords and bishops who are about to preside over such a potentially momentous shift in medical care?
Last weekend, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey spoke in favour of assisted suicide. The 24 hours that followed contained a barrage of headlines, interviews and reports ...
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