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Friday, 23 January 2015
Families of disabled men slam Legoland in the Trafford Centre for decision to 'ban' adults without children
Campaigners blast policy as 'discrimination' but attraction cites 'child protection' rules after turning away adults and their carers.
A disabled man with the mental age of seven has been stopped from visiting Legoland with his carer because of ‘child protection’ policies.
Simon Thomason, 40, who has cerebral palsy, autism and a mental age of seven, has been told his annual ...
Do you want people bullied off benefits? Because thatís whatís happening
The DWP denies it has targets, but the fact is that cruelty in the form of sanctions is visited on thousands of claimants a week.
A Ukip parliamentary candidate named Lynton Yates this week suggested banning benefit claimants from driving: “Why do they have the privilege to spend the tax payers [sic] hard earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car ...
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Government told to think again over accessible homes
Disabled people's organisations have urged Ministers to rethink changes to building regulations which they say will undermine progress in improving the accessibility of homes.
Two leading charities said the reforms would unpick provisions which ensure new homes can easily accommodate accessible toilets, lifts, handrails and wheelchair access. Most were only introduced when the regulations ...
Anger as Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH) cuts are pushed through
Charity workers have been given the devastating news that swingeing cuts to their budget will go ahead – putting jobs and a vital service on the line.
Glasgow Labour councillors voted to push through a controversial cost cutting package at a meeting of the city council’s executive committee today.
They decided to axe Glasgow Association for Mental Health’s (GAMH) ...
New Scottish welfare powers at a glance
New Scottish Welfare powers have been outlined by the Smith Commission, which will pave the way for the changes to be turned into law.
A significant amount of responsibility for the design and implementation of the welfare system in Scotland will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
However, State Pension and the main principles of Universal Credit will remain in the hands of Westminster.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Call to halt new disability benefit rollout in Scotland
Moving disabled Scots on to new benefits before control of the payments are transferred to Holyrood would be a 'waste of time and money', according to Citizens Advice Scotland.
CAS wants the UK government to halt the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
The PIP system was introduced as part of wider reforms to the welfare ...
Union says benefits sanctions destroyed trust between jobseekers and jobcentres
Union representatives have told MPs that benefits sanctions have destroyed the relationship of trust between jobseekers and jobcentre advisors.
Giving evidence at the work and pensions select committee inquiry into benefits sanctions on Wednesday, Mark Serwotka, general secretary, and Helen Flanagan, vice-president of the Public and Commercial Services union said that benefits sanctions ...
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Disabled Hampshire man refused benefits assessment
A man who had part of his leg amputated was turned away from an interview for disability benefit because he was in a wheelchair.
Michael Sparks, from Beaulieu, Hampshire, arrived at the Bournemouth assessment centre but was told he could not use the lift to the first floor.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said clients needed to inform staff in advance of access issues.
Quiet cuts undermine support for disabled people in the workplace
If you tamper with the support disabled people rely on to work, being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home, staring at the kitchen walls.
You’d be forgiven for having missed the current mess of Access to Work – the fund delivered through Jobcentre Plus that pays for practical support, from computer software to support workers, for disabled ...
Monday, 19 January 2015
Fears over wheelchair taxi scheme £20 fee
Wheelchair users in the Capital are to be hit with a £20 charge for discounted taxi journeys – but the plans have been branded “discrimination”.
They would be charged a membership fee to join the scheme in a move aimed at covering administration costs and generating £180,000 a year for the city.
If approved, the levy would be part of a wider overhaul ...
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