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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 ...
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Scotland's poverty shame laid bare as map reveals number of children living below breadline
The scandal of children living in poverty in Scotland is today laid bare by a map pinpointing the country’s most deprived areas.
More than 229,000 youngsters are now living in hardship as their parents struggle to cope with the soaring costs of living.
Academics discovered that one in five children lives below the breadline and more than one in three of them lives in Glasgow.
Welfare minister apologises for disability pay comments
Welfare minister Lord Freud has apologised for 'foolish and offensive' remarks in which he suggested disabled people could be paid less than the minimum wage.
Labour has called on the Conservative peer to resign after he said some workers were 'not worth the full wage'.
David Cameron distanced himself from the comments, saying they 'were not the views of anyone in government'.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Over 70 per cent of disabled people had 'day ruined' by a venue's inaccurate accessibility information
Over 70 per cent of disabled people have had day trips ruined by inaccurate accessibility information and nearly 90 per cent have found a venue’s website to be misleading about disabled access information.
However 93 per cent of disabled people said they would revisit a venue where they had experienced good accessibility in the poll which has been carried out by organisers of the ...
Monday, 13 October 2014
MPs want inquiry into £1million bonus of disability firm boss
MPs have called for an inquiry into why a charitable scheme providing cars for the disabled paid its chief executive more than £1million in bonuses and benefits last year.
As reported in The Sunday Times, Mike Betts, head of not-for-profit company Motability Operations, took home bonuses totalling £911,915 in the year to September 2013, as well as a £125,000 payment in ...
Council cancels pre-paid benefit card trial
North Tyneside Council has cancelled a project to trial pre-paid benefit cards following ‘inaccurate’ accusations it was to target people with drug and alcohol problems.
The council said ‘negative and inaccurate’ coverage in the media had undermined the credibility of the scheme and meant only two people volunteered to take part.
Deputy mayor, Cllr Bruce Pickard ...
Friday, 26 September 2014
DWP’s confession: ‘We ignore benefit-related deaths’
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted making no effort to collect – or learn the lessons from – reports of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the withdrawal or non-payment of disability benefits.
The admission came in a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request from Disability News Service (DNS).
DNS had asked DWP what records ...
We Need An £8 Minimum Wage NOW – Not Later, Say Unite
A major new independent report to be submitted to the Low Pay Commission today (Friday 26 September) has shown that a national increase of £1.50 per hour in the national minimum wage in 2015 would benefit 4.6 million workers by an average of £1,400 per year while at the same time adding an extra £2.1 billion to the public finances and potentially generating at least 30,000 ...
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