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Record 4.3m set to vote in Scottish referendum


Record numbers of people are expected to vote in the Scottish independence referendum after it was revealed nearly 4.3 million people are registered ahead of the historic poll on 18 September.

A last minute push to get all potential voters registered has proven successful with the Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum revealing it will be the largest election of ...

Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions


This October will see the introduction of pilot job search schemes, where unemployed benefit claimants will be required to carry out 35 hours of supervised job searches every week. From next month, claimants will be expected to sign an attendance register at a local Job Centre provider at nine in the morning and search for jobs until 5pm, for five days a week, for three months. If they fail ...

Government cuts leave disabled people facing six months wait for vital cash


Sick and disabled people will still be left waiting six months for vital cash despite a Government pledge to cut waiting times.

David Cameron’s new Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper admitted the system of health assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) is “not in good shape”.

But Labour’s Debbie Abrahams slammed the Government for sacking ...

David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies


The DWP brags about ending the ‘something for nothing’ culture, but benefit sanctions punish the unemployed, disabled and poor in ways that are utterly inhumane.

The coroner said that when David Clapson died he had no food in his stomach. Clapson’s benefits had been stopped as a result of missing one meeting at the jobcentre. He was diabetic, and without the £71.70 ...

Obituary: Donald Stirling 21 June 1954-31 August 2014


Tributes have been paid to Donald Stirling MBE, a disability rights campaigner who has died aged 60.

As well as holding a seat on Enable Scotland's Scottish Council, he helped to set up the organisation’s ACE group – a national network entirely comprising adults who have learning disabilities and was chair of the network for a decade.

Donald also became a trustee of Inclusion ...

Welfare claimants to get attitude tests, employment minister reveals


Benefits claimants will undergo interviews to assess whether they have a psychological resistance to work, the employment minister reveals today.

Unemployed people will be subject to attitude profiling to judge whether they are “determined”, “bewildered” or “despondent” about taking a job, under plans prepared by Esther McVey.

Those that are less ...

Fife man at centre of ‘bedroom tax’ turmoil


The UK Government’s controversial “bedroom tax” policy could be thrown into chaos later this month.

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching a bid to overturn a landmark ruling that size does matter when it comes to defining a bedroom.

If it fails, it will set a precedent that could spell the beginning of the end for the so-called bedroom tax.

At the ...

3.4 Million households living on a ‘financial cliff-edge’, say shelter


3.4 million households across the UK are living on a “financial cliff-edge”, where a small drop in income could cost them their homes, new figures reveal today.

Analysis of government data by the University of St Andrews, on behalf of the homeless charity Shelter, reveals that one in eight low-income families are living with unaffordable housing costs.

Statistics also ...

The disability movement is readying itself for battle


The government is currently losing a war – a long slow war of attrition. I don’t mean the constant flow of voters, councillors, members and activists from the Tories to Ukip. It’s a far less publicised struggle, and one that is far more damaging for the Tories – their battle with the disability movement.

In all his fanfare about “welfare reform”, Iain ...

Scottish independence: The voting influence of disabled Scots


Disabled people in Scotland have said they feel they've been ignored in Scottish referendum campaigning by both sides. But how are disabled people voting, if at all, and why? BBC Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton looks at the situation with just over a week to go until the polls open.

The last UK census showed one in five of Scotland's population claims to have a disability or long term health ...

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