Labour conference: Members accuse party of years of ‘blatant discrimination’

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 Labour is facing concerted pressure to put an end to years of “blatant discrimination” against its own disabled party members, while also facing complaints about “inexcusable” access failings at this week’s … Continue reading →

Disabled woman forced to quit job by ‘Disability Confident’ government

By John Pring Disability News Service September 28th 2017 A disabled woman has been forced to quit her job because two “Disability Confident” government organisations refused to allow her to use one of the parking spaces close to the offices … Continue reading →

UN demands annual UK progress report on correcting ‘grave and systematic violations’

  By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 A UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of … Continue reading →

DPOs consider boycott of government engagement over ‘misrepresentation’ at UN

By John Pring Disability News Service September 7th 2017 Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts. The UN committee on … Continue reading →

UK faces UN examination: Government cuts caused ‘human catastrophe’

By John Pring   Disability News Service   August 24th 2017   An international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention. … Continue reading →

Minister told ‘alarm bells are ringing’ over disability hate crime

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 Disabled campaigners have written to a government minister to warn him that “alarm bells are ringing” over the “massive discrepancies and inconsistencies” in the way the criminal justice system deals … Continue reading →

Tackle education, career stereotypes and flexible working to close pay gap, says EHRC

By John Pring  Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The equality watchdog has called for action to improve the education of disabled pupils, tackle career stereotypes and improve the availability of flexible working, in order to close the gap in … Continue reading →

Airports branded ‘poor’ on access over lack of consultation with disabled passengers

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017   One of the largest airports in the country has been branded one of the worst for accessibility, after it failed to consult with disabled people about how it could … Continue reading →

Bus industry set to face fresh legal action over access to wheelchair space

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court … Continue reading →

DWP breaks promise to stop harassing child abuse victim in run-up to trial

  By John Pring Disability News Service August 17th 2017 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has broken its promises not to harass a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial. … Continue reading →

Minister hears how to boost democratic involvement of disabled voters

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2017 Disabled voters have told a minister what he should do to make it easier for them to take part in the democratic process. Disabled service-users and representatives of three Brighton charities … Continue reading →

DPO plans court vigil as it intervenes in ‘hugely significant’ Care Act case

By John Pring Disability News Service August 10th 2107 A disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has intervened in a “hugely significant” court of appeal hearing that is set to decide how far the government’s Care Act protects disabled people’s independent living … Continue reading →

People living with HIV ‘have been failed by PIP’

  By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   People with HIV have been failed by the government’s new disability benefit, according to new research. The research by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) found that only three-fifths of … Continue reading →

Disabled peer continues three-month boycott of EHRC board meetings

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017 The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing … Continue reading →

Activists fighting ‘assisted suicide’ laws now need ‘hard facts’ for battle ahead

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017 Disabled activists will need to seek out more “hard facts” if they want to fight off the continuing threat of efforts to persuade the courts to legalise assisted suicide, according … Continue reading →

Scope’s ‘radical’ plans ‘will see it compete with DPOs’

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 27th 2017 An announcement by disability charity Scope that it will sell all its residential homes and special schools, and re-position itself as a “social change organisation”, is an attempt to invade … Continue reading →

Senior civil servant admits draft industrial strategy failed on disability

By John Pring Disability News Service 21st July 2017 A senior civil servant has admitted to MPs and peers that the government’s industrial strategy will not be “fit for purpose” unless it corrects its failure to consider disability and other … Continue reading →

Concerns over council’s post-18 support after ombudsman ruling

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 A local authority is facing claims that it is breaching the rights of disabled teenagers by denying them the support they need as they prepare for the transition to adulthood. The claims … Continue reading →

Ten years on, campaigners ask again: ‘If these are not hate crimes, what are?’

  By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Six new cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults have cast fresh doubt on the criminal justice system’s ability to recognise, punish and prevent … Continue reading →

DPAC set for week of protests over social care, Atos and access to transport

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 Disabled activists are set to lobby MPs this week on the urgency of the social care crisis, as part of a week of action that will take place across the country, … Continue reading →