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Disabled peer warns DWP that tighter benefit rules could cause more deaths


A disabled peer has warned her own government that tightening social security rules even further could lead to more deaths of benefit claimants, days after Disability News Service (DNS) revealed there had been 60 secret reviews into such tragedies.

Last week’s DNS story – that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had carried out 60 internal reviews “following the ...

Scotlandís digital revolution is beginning


A national movement must be built that will lead a digital inclusion revolution, a major third sector meeting has been told.

An estimated 1.3 million people in Scotland are not engaging with new information technology and face finding themselves excluded from education and opportunities.

Attendees at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' (SCVO) Third Sector Summit heard ...

Disabled children 'are insulted in classrooms'


Nearly 70 per cent of teachers have heard youngsters using derogatory terms for disabled children or children with special educational needs, a new survey has found.

The research, by the Anti-Bullying Alliance for the National Children's Bureau, has been released to mark Anti-Bullying Week.

Teachers have heard children saying 'spaz', 'spastic', 'retard' or 'mong'.

More than ...

Panic room woman challenges bedroom tax


A woman whose council home has been fitted with a secure panic room to protect her from a violent ex-partner is going to court on Wednesday to challenge the government’s so-called bedroom tax.

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has refused to withdraw the demand despite losing an earlier attempt to have the test case dismissed.

The woman, who lives in a three-bedroom ...

One in three Scottish school pupils has been bullied in the past year


Nearly one in three pupils at Scottish schools have been bullied in the last year according to a groundbreaking new survey.

Anti-bullying service Respect Me conducted the biggest ever poll of pupils across all 32 local authorities and discovered only half had told their parents of their troubles.

The survey found 30% of children were bullied in the last school year – with one ...

Parking wardens Ďtarget disabledí in ERI crackdown


Parking attendants are being accused of “cashing in” on disabled drivers with a crackdown on parking at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Blue badge holders had been allowed to park on double yellow lines as long as they were not causing an obstruction.

But now patients are being hit with a £60 parking penalties after the council imposed new traffic enforcement rules as ...

Sturgeon: tackling poverty will boost Scotlandís economy


Scotland’s First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon has said tackling poverty and inequality will be her “personal mission” as the leader of the Scottish Government.

Speaking at the SNP party conference in Perth on Saturday, she said the public, private and third sectors must work together to support this aim.

Sturgeon said: “The need for a strong economy to support ...

Wheelchairs or pushchairs: Who should take priority?


A court will decide whether wheelchair users have priority over pushchairs on buses, but how do you decide who is more entitled to the space?

In February 2012, wheelchair user Doug Paulley was not allowed to board a bus in Leeds because the wheelchair space was taken by a pushchair. The mother, not wanting to wake her sleeping baby, refused to move.

Paulley was left with no choice ...

DWP admits investigating 60 benefit-related deaths since 2012


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

DWP released the figures in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FoI) requests by DNS.

It said in one response that DWP had carried out “60 peer reviews following the death of a customer” ...

Housing body calls on commission to get welfare sorted


A leading housing body has told the first public session of the Smith Commission that the bedroom tax debacle was a classic example of Westminster getting it wrong for Scotland.

Mary Taylor, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ chief executive, said there had to be better mechanisms for managing the boundary between the two parliaments to ensure effective policy making.

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