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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Disabled women raise concerns over peer’s disability abortion bill

By John Pring Disability Service 3rd August 2017 Disabled women have raised concerns about a new bill that would equalise the time limit for abortions for disabled and non-disabled foetuses. The private member’s bill has been brought forward by the … Continue reading →

My disability abortion bill could halt Britain’s slide towards eugenics, says Tory peer

By John Pring Disability News Service 3rd August 2017   A disabled peer has warned that Britain could be heading towards becoming a “eugenic” society if parliament does not agree to update abortion laws to make it illegal to discriminate … 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 →

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 →

McDonnell calls for disabled-led solution to care crisis, as DPAC occupies parliament

By John Pring Disability News Service July 2017 Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service … 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 →

Government’s UN response ‘exposes failings on disability convention’

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 The government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings. … Continue reading →

Activists set for ‘David and Goliath’ fight to defeat assisted suicide court bid

By John Pring Disability News Service July 13th 2017 A group of disabled activists – led by a crossbench peer – are to intervene in a legal case for the first time next week, in a bid to persuade three … Continue reading →

Years of austerity have left personal assistance in ‘very fragile state’

By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017   The concept of personal assistance has been severely damaged by years of austerity and policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living, leading figures in the … Continue reading →

Police watchdog criticised over investigation into murder of disabled refugee

Picture Courtesy of Guardian By John Pring Disability News Service  6th July 2017   A watchdog has been criticised for failing to investigate whether disability hate crime played a part in the harassment and abuse suffered by a disabled refugee, … Continue reading →

New disabled MP accuses government of ‘eugenics’

Picture Courtesy of Guardian   By John Pring Disability News Service 6th July 2017 A newly-elected disabled MP has accused the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”. Labour’s … Continue reading →

Disabled people ‘have too little awareness of rights’ in lead-up to Brexit

By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017   A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit. … Continue reading →

Mencap care staff ‘called resident “poison dwarf” and reused feeding syringes’

  By John Pring Disability News Service June 29th 2017 The disability charity Mencap is facing allegations that staff at one of its care homes used an offensive nickname for a disabled resident, and repeatedly reused feeding syringes that should … Continue reading →