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The DWP needs reform – denying my deaf, blind daughter benefits shows this


Ava was born in the summer of 2006, a healthy, happy baby who thrived and met all of her developmental milestones.

In 2008 we moved to Germany when my husband’s job – for a British company he had worked for since leaving university – took us there. It was to be a three-year secondment for him and a work hiatus for me.

Just before Ava’s third birthday we noticed ...

'I change my disabled son's nappy on urine-soaked floors'


When faced with no suitable public toilets for her severely disabled son, Samantha Buck decided to take action.

'Some parents of disabled children don't like me saying this because it's not PC, but physically changing Alfie's nappy is like changing a giant baby,' says Samantha Buck.

Alfie Buck is eight and is almost as tall as she is. He has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is doubly ...

Drunk care worker force-fed cheesecake to blind woman at Abba tribute


A care worker got drunk at an Abba tribute night and force-fed cheesecake to a blind woman with learning difficulties.

Anna Stevenson, 35, a worker with independent social care company Care UK, put the woman in a choke hold at the party at Aberfoyle's Rob Roy Hotel.

Then she 'shovelled' cheesecake in her mouth and called her a pig and greedy b*****d, Stirling Sheriff Court was told.

The ...

If I were Prime Minister: I'd restore the dignity of disabled people and give every nurse a pay rise


If I were Prime Minister I would restore the dignity of disabled people, who are currently paying the price of austerity in blood. The books are currently being balanced – or frankly, not balanced – on their backs, and on the backs of the unemployed and working poor. In other words, the people who did the least to cause the banking crisis, and who are least able to withstand austerity.

So ...

Murphy: we need a new relationship between third sector and the state


Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has pledged to forge a new relationship between the state and the voluntary sector.

He also said new ways have to be found to secure funding for third sector organisations in order to end the uncertainty of them existing hand to mouth.

Murphy claimed a future Labour government would look at five-year – or “parliament-long” - funding ...

Inclusion Scotland hold Parliamentary reception on Internship project


Yesterday Inclusion Scotland held an event at the Scottish Parliament to report back on the result (so far) of our Parliamentary internship pilot programme. Most of the time was given over to the interns themselves, who told some of their stories and expressed some of their feelings about their time with us and with their host MSPs.

Of the seven interns we placed in this pilot, three had ...

Sturgeon commits to three year funding


Scotland’s first minster is committed to achieving three-year funding for the third sector and to involve it more in the delivery of public services.

In an exclusive TFN interview, Nicola Sturgeon tells how social justice and equality will be at the heart of every policy she makes and how she believes the sector will be a crucial ally in taking this agenda forward.

Speaking ...

Universal Credit ‘complicated and expensive’, say MPs


Commenting on the publication of the latest Universal Credit progress report, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Margaret Hodge said:

“The Department for Work and Pensions has spent £700 million on Universal Credit since the programme began in 2010.

“However, very little progress has been achieved on the front line. Fewer than 18,000 people were claiming ...

Work capability assessments: One million disability checks planned


A new company given the contract to assess disabled people for a sickness benefit has told the BBC it will do one million assessments this year.

Maximus is being paid £595m over three years to carry out work capability assessments for people applying for employment and support allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions and Atos agreed to end its contract after 'significant ...

Struggling Scots awarded £46 million in rent support


Tens of thousands of Scots struggling to cope with draconian welfare cuts have been awarded a total value of £46 million is Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs), new figures reveal.

Statistics released today (24 February 2015) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician reveal that local authorities received nearly 110,000 applications to the fund between April to December 2014.

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