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Chinese Mother keeps son chained in barn for 20 years

Posted 16/09-11 at 15.49

An elderly Chinese mother has chained her naked son in an empty barn for twenty years because he became violent and tore all his clothes. She is very poor and has no money for straw for bedding. She loves him and worries who will look a ...

UK: Care home company criticised for failing residents

Posted 30/07-11 at 23.11

After an BBC undercover investigation found gross violations of disabled people's human rights at Winterbourne View, a care facility run by Castlebeck, 23 of the company's other homes have been inspected. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report ...

UK: Parliamentary committee highly critical of reform to disability benefits

Posted 27/07-11 at 21.22

The Work and Pensions Committee report on the changes to assessment for incapacity benefit ( the benefit paid to people who are assessed as being unable to work) is highly critical of the way the new system has operated. While the committee suppo ...

UK: Lobby called to defend Elaine McDonald and disability rights

Posted 19/07-11 at 16.08

Disability groups have called for a lobby of Kensington & Chelsea Council's Cabinet Meeting on the 21st of July to protest the attack on human rights of Elaine McDonald. As reported by DAA, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled in support of the c ...

UK: Minister not listening to disabled people on impact of cuts

Posted 19/07-11 at 01.14

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, is worried that the social care reforms and benefits cuts are going to have "devastating consequences" on the lives of disabled people. "I would say that the government has not been ...

UK: Holiday camps bars disabled people

Posted 15/07-11 at 22.24

Twenty-six adults with learning difficulties have been banned from Butlins holiday resort because management claims that large groups are "intimidating". The Firth Park Friday Club, in Sheffield, has visited Butlins in Skegness for the past 19 y ...

UK: Report calls for end to segregated employment for disabled people

Posted 12/07-11 at 13.48

A report has recommended that the remaining 54 Remploy factories, that provide work for 2800 disabled people, should be closed. Trade unions representing many of the workers are strongly opposed to this move. A spokesperson said that if the facto ...

UK: Legal action threatened over cuts to disability benefit

Posted 09/07-11 at 21.10

The Disability Alliance (DA), a disability charity, has threatened to take legal action against the government over plans to cut Disability Living Allowance (DLA). A survey by DA found that half of employed DLA claimants may have to give up work ...

UK: Court decision puts independence of older and disabled people at risk

Posted 08/07-11 at 19.11

Elaine McDonald (67) has lost her appeal at the Supreme Court against the decision of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to cut her support provision by refusing to provide assistance at night for her to use a commode. McDonald said she ...

UK: “Train your bowels”, disabled residents told

Posted 08/07-11 at 18.54

The Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), the country's care watchdog is investigating allegations that disabled residents at a supported-housing complex run by the Margaret Blackwood Housing Association have been told to train thems ...

UK: MPs give green light to cut mobility benefits

Posted 22/06-11 at 02.55

On June 15th, MPs voting on the Welfare Reform Bill agreed that the government could remove the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP), which is to replace Disability Living Allowance, for those living in residential institution ...

UK: British Airway’s apology for baring disabled child

Posted 22/06-11 at 02.51

British Airways (BA) has apologised for refusing to issue a ticket to twelve-year old Alice Saunders, who has Down syndrome. When her mother tried to book a ticket for Alice to travel from London to Edinburgh as an unaccompanied minor she was tol ...

UK: Disabled people face hostility on public transport.

Posted 14/06-11 at 14.11

Some disabled people have become so terrified of travelling that they are confined to their home, according to Alice Maynard, chair of the leading disability charity Scope. ...

UK: Police apologise after Pilkington inquiry

Posted 08/06-11 at 12.48

Four police officers will face misconduct proceedings over their force's failure to help the family of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her severely disabled daughter in 2007 after years of torment by youths. An Independent Police ...

UK: People with mental health problems hit by changes to welfare system

Posted 05/06-11 at 21.01

In a letter published in the Guardian newspaper on June 1st, mental health charities and a senior consultant from the Royal College of Psychiatrists warn that the nature and rapid pace of incapacity benefit cuts is having a devastating and potentiall ...

UK: BBC programme exposes criminal abuse at care home

Posted 03/06-11 at 12.40

On May 31st, the BBC screened an extremely disturbing documentary showing the violent abuse suffered by people with learning difficulties at Winterbourne View, a residential institution near Bristol run by Castlebeck. The latter is owned by an off ...

UK: Cuts to housing benefits to hit disabled people

Posted 03/06-11 at 02.51

Last year the government agreed that disabled people could receive the two-bedroom rate of housing benefit to pay for a room to be used by carers. However, this move has now been nullified as many councils people. It seems areas that are ...

UK: Reframing Disability

Posted 03/06-11 at 02.34

Since mid-February, the Royal College of Physicians has been hosting an exhibition exploring historical portraits of disabled people. The exhibition also includes the voices of 27 disabled participants from across the UK, who came together to disc ...

UK: Cuts to housing benefits to hit disabled people

Posted 02/06-11 at 01.43

Last year the government agreed that disabled people could receive the two-bedroom rate of housing benefit to pay for a room to be used by carers. However, this move has now been nullified as many councils have cut the allowance rate for two-bedr ...

UK: Hostile attitudes towards disabled people on the rise

Posted 19/05-11 at 12.55

A survey has shown that since the government launched its benefits reform disabled people have faced growing public antagonism. A majority of those questioned reported that they experienced hostility, discrimination and physical attacks from stra ...

Convention: UK’s draft report on implementing CRPD out for public comment

Posted 19/05-11 at 01.55

The United Nations asks all countries that have ratified the Convention to submit a progress report after two years. In accordance with this, on May 16th, the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) released a draft report on the UK's implementation of th ...

UK: £3m for disabled people’s organisations

Posted 18/05-11 at 01.23

The government's Office of Disability Issues has announced that £3m will be made available over the next 4 years to support the development of local disabled people organisations (DPOs). As part of the scheme, from July DPOs will be able ...

UK: Thousands march against government attack on disabled people

Posted 13/05-11 at 01.22

On Wednesday, May 11th, five thousand disabled people and supporters from all over Britain made their way to London to protest about the government's cuts to benefits and other policy changes that will make life more difficult than it already is for ...

UK: Benefit cuts: Staff briefed on suicide threats

Posted 10/05-11 at 17.39

In April, staff at Jobcentres received new guidance from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) ‘...to help them manage suicide and self-harm declarations from customers". The senior staff member who sent the document to the Guardian newspap ...

UK: Protest march by disabled people against benefit cuts

Posted 09/05-11 at 22.57

On Wednesday, May 11th, thousands of disabled people and their families and supporters will march on Westminster in a mass protest against benefit cuts. Jaspal Dhani, chief executive of the United Kingdom Disabled People's Council, said the cuts ...

UK: £1m to help disabled people seeking political office

Posted 08/05-11 at 18.12

The government wants to encourage more disabled people into local and national politics and to improve public attitudes to disability through a new training and development scheme. TheAccess to Elected Office for Disabled People project includes plan ...

UK: Gang of youths attack wheelchair user

Posted 07/05-11 at 02.46

A 51 year-old wheelchair user was attacked late at night and robbed in Salisbury by three young men and two teenage girls. They tipped him out of his electric wheelchair and then kicked him while he was on the ground. Curiously, the gang returned ...

UK: High Court rules social care cuts unlawful

Posted 24/04-11 at 16.01

Birmingham City Council has been told by a High Court judge that it ignored provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act when it decided to stop providing care packages for about 4,000 adults whose needs had been assessed as ‘substantial'. ...

UK: Ryanair guilty of disability discrimination

Posted 21/04-11 at 13.28

A judge at Northampton County Court found that Ryanair was in breach of disability laws when it left Jo Heath, a wheelchair user, on the runway at Luton Airport (in June 2008) because "all it was interested in was getting the plane airborne on tim ...

UK: Daily Mail and misleading articles on disability benefits

Posted 20/04-11 at 12.16

In February, the Daily Mail, one of the UK's tabloid newspapers, quoting unnamed ‘government sources', claimed that Half the 3.2million people on disability benefit have never been asked for evidence to back their claims, it emerged l ...

UK: “No ethical issues around preconception testing and screening” – Human Genetics Commission

Posted 11/04-11 at 17.42

The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) is UK Government's advisory body on new developments in human genetics and how they impact on individual lives. Their recent report, Increasing options, informing choice: A report on preconception genetic testing a ...

UK: Vulnerable unemployed people being ‘tricked’ out of benefits

Posted 05/04-11 at 01.53

An officer at a government job centre has claimed that he and his colleagues are being pressured to meet targets for benefit reductions by tricking vulnerable people into breaking the rules so their benefits can be stopped. "We were told suddenly ...

UK: The Hardest Hit – Defending Disabled People's Futures

Posted 29/03-11 at 16.54

On May 11th, disabled people and their supporters will be holding a march on Parliament to express solidarity and anger at the cuts threatening our benefits, services, jobs and rights. After the march many of us will be lobbying our MPs, as the W ...

UK: Woman jailed for disability hate crime

Posted 25/03-11 at 02.02

Rachel Rooney (31) has been jailed for eight months for taunting and then punching Chantelle R ...

UK: Police force criticised for failing to protect disabled man

Posted 22/03-11 at 15.21

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has condemned Greater Manchester police force's "systemic failures" in helping the family of David Askew (64), a man with learning difficulties, who collapsed and died after confronting youths who h ...

UK: “The welfare reform bill …will punish disabled people.”

Posted 10/03-11 at 17.26

In an open letter to the Coalition Government, MPs, professors and disability activists claim that disabled people will be unfairly treated with respect to benefits unless the "anti-disability" provisions are removed from the Welfare Reform Bill. ...

UK: Disability test comes under fire from claimants

Posted 10/03-11 at 15.19

At a public meeting in Burnley, Lancashire, MPs on the Pensions Select Committee heard from people who took part in a pilot of the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA). This is used to determine whether a person can work or if their impairments or il ...

UK: Government advisors question changes to Disability Living Allowance

Posted 27/02-11 at 17.14

The Social Security Advisory Committee is asking why Disability Living Allowance (DLA), paid to almost 3 million people to help cover extra of being disabled, is being replaced. $621 million will be provided over the next five years to expand the ...

UK: Benefits test 'is a complete mess', says expert

Posted 27/02-11 at 04.50

Professor Paul Gregg, an expert on welfare reform and one of those who devised the new benefits system, has warned that it would be wrong to roll out the new work capability assessment (WCA) nationally. He said, "The test is badly malfunct ...

Convention: UK committee inquiry into independent living as set out in CRPD

Posted 15/02-11 at 23.33

The UK Parliament's Joint Committee of Human Rights is conductingan inquiry into the implementation of the right to independent living for disabled people, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the CRPD. The Committee invites interested persons and grou ...

UK: Disabled MP claims he was ridiculed in Parliament

Posted 07/02-11 at 16.44

According to Tory MP Paul Maynard, who has cerebral palsy, he was mocked because of his impairment by opposition Labour MPs during a speech in the House of Commons last October. He said: "They were constantly intervening, trying to put me ...

UK: Disabled volunteers have no protection from discrimination

Posted 03/02-11 at 15.34

In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal ruled against a woman who claimed she had been discriminated against on grounds of disability, after she was told to stop volunteering for Mid-Sussex Citizens Advice. The decision means that unless ther ...

UK: Disabled protesters hemmed in by police barricades

Posted 02/02-11 at 12.18

On January 24th, police in London ‘kettled' (confined within metal barriers) a group of disabled people who were demonstrating peacefully against Atos Origin, the company contracted by the government to deal with the administration of disability ...

UK: Cuts puts pressure on parents of disabled children

Posted 23/01-11 at 16.20

Riven Vincent has asked her local authority to take Celyn, her six-year-old disabled daughter, into care because she was not receiving enough respite support. This was particularly embarrassing for David Cameron, the Prime Minister, as during the ...

UK: Ending DLA benefit for those in residential homes will be devastating

Posted 19/01-11 at 18.42

The mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) is paid to about 80,000 care home residents. This money allows people to visit friends and family, as well as take part in leisure pursuits or education. The government is proposing to r ...

UK: Disabled people face massive fall in living standards

Posted 13/01-11 at 15.13

A report commissioned by Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) found that due to cuts in benefits and local services the poorest 53% of disabled people in the county of Norfolk, around 100,000 people and their families, will see their livin ...

UK: Half a million wrongly denied disability benefits

Posted 07/01-11 at 16.45

Using official statistics, a survey has found that over the last 15 years up to 500,000 people were wrongly refused incapacity benefit. The government will shortly receive the results of two pilot studies of its new, and widely criticised, ...

UK: Resurgence of protest by disabled people

Posted 06/01-11 at 15.49

Some of the most vulnerable groups the government said it would always safeguard are seeing that they have become the primary targets for spending cuts. Faced with the loss of benefits, housing and services, they are finding their voice in the protes ...

UK: Independent Living Fund to be scrapped

Posted 16/12-10 at 01.04

The Independent Living Fund (ILF), that tops up local authority money allowing more than 21,000 disabled people with high support needs to live independently, was closed to new applicants in June, 2010. The government has just announced that the I ...

UK: Disabled people continue to miss out on the basics of a full, inclusive life

Posted 14/12-10 at 20.41

Interim results from the first official survey since 1997 of the lives of disabled people shows the they are almost twice as likely as non-disabled people to be unemployed or not be able to afford holiday or repay debts. The Life Opportuni ...

UK: Reformed DLA to be based on harsh eligibility criteria

Posted 10/12-10 at 23.32

  The government has issued a consultation together with a Green Paper detailing its plans for scrapping Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and replacing it with a more restrictive benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Like the cur ...

UK: Demo against cuts to housing benefit

Posted 09/12-10 at 12.38

The new Housing Emergency Coalition has called a protest outside Downing St on Wednesday December 15th at 12.30 against the Housing Benefit cap and social cleansing - they want people to take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags. After this disabled ...

UK: ‘Assisted dying’ inquiry funded by supporters of euthanasia

Posted 05/12-10 at 23.49

Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, will chair an unofficial commission that will consider what system, if any, should exist to allow people to be helped to die and whether changes in the law should be introduced. The commission is funded by th ...

UK: Review of benefits test finds major flaws

Posted 30/11-10 at 21.47

An independent review, chaired by Professor Malcolm Harrington, an occupational health specialist, has found the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the test that decides whether someone will receive Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support ...

International/UK: OECD calls for reform to sickness and disability benefit systems

Posted 29/11-10 at 23.28

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a report calling for governments to reform their sickness and disability benefits regimes so as to help people get back to work and reduce the burden on public finances ...

UK: Government scrap equality duty = bad news for disabled people and other marginalised groups

Posted 26/11-10 at 21.41

The Home Secretary, Teresa May, has announced that the government will remove the socioeconomic duty, due to come into force from April 2011, from the Equality Act. The duty, a key part of the Act, would have required all public bodies to assess whet ...

UK: Hertfordshire police raise awareness of disability hate crime

Posted 25/11-10 at 14.29

As part of their anti-bullying week, police in Hertfordshire have highlighted hate crime against disabled people. They have also reminded people how to report incidents and encouraged witnesses and victims to contact them. As reporting cri ...

UK: Disabled girl excluded from school as a "health and safety risk"

Posted 23/11-10 at 14.38

Eleven-year old Idayah Miller was told she couldn't enter the elite Harris Academy in Crystal Palace because her wheelchair would restrict the movement of other children in the crowded corridors. The head teacher added that she would also suf ...

UK: What budget cuts will mean for DPOs

Posted 22/11-10 at 19.48

Disability Lib has produced a short, informative report on the impact of the budget cuts on the UK's DPOs. It offers a summary of what has happened, the positive and negative effects and guidance on what DPOs can do to survive in a rapidly changing p ...

UK: Call for protest against the budget cuts

Posted 21/11-10 at 21.23

DPAC (Disabled People against the Cuts) is joining with Right to Work and the Education Activist Trust to protest the government's budget cuts. The latest action is a rally planned against Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, when he giv ...

UK: Murderer of disabled man given life sentence

Posted 19/11-10 at 19.49

23-year-old Martin Mather, from Rhyl, in Wales, admitted murdering Philip Homes, 56, a disabled ...

UK: New single benefit to replace current system

Posted 14/11-10 at 10.17

The Coalition Government has announced its intention to bring in what they are calling the "Universal Credit" to replace the existing complicated mixture of existing benefits. Its introduction will be staged over the next few years and it will not be ...

UK: Disabled prisoner wins compensation for degrading treatment

Posted 11/11-10 at 14.02

Abdullah Baybasin, a 53-year-old wheelchair user, has won £20,000 compensation for having suffered degrading and inhuman treatment by the authorities in Belmarch Prison. He was sent there in 2004, but was acquitted at a retrial last month. ...

UK: Legal ruling means authorities can more easily cut services to elderly and disabled people

Posted 09/11-10 at 14.58

The Appeal Court has ruled that in order to save money it is legal for Kensington and Chelsea Council to withdraw services, even through the circumstances of the person using those services remains the same. The precedent set by this case means that ...

UK: Deaf diplomat loses discrimination case

Posted 04/11-10 at 18.11

In our September issue we reported that Jane Cordell, a Deaf woman working for the Foreign Office, was going to an industrial tribunal claiming disability discrimination because they had withdrawn a foreign posting claiming supporting her was too ...

UK: History of the disability movement on the BBC

Posted 30/10-10 at 20.31

An interesting radio programme is available on the history of disability and the disability movement in the UK over the last 40 years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c ...

UK: Disabled people among worst effected by cuts

Posted 28/10-10 at 23.07

As predicted over the last weeks, the final announcement of where the budget cuts will fall is bad news for disabled people. Employment support allowance (ESA), which replaced incapacity benefit, supports people who are unable to work beca ...

UK: UK Disabled People's Council (UKDPC) reports on impact of threatened benefit cuts

Posted 21/10-10 at 15.59

Proposed cuts by the coalition government will set independent living back by up to 30 years, according to research by UKDPC. The results call into question the suggestions by the government that radical reform of the benefits system will lead to ...

UK: Teenagers who violently abuse disabled boy walk free with community service order

Posted 12/10-10 at 23.54

Three boys tortured a 17 year-old with learning difficulties for three days and recorded his ordeal on their mobile phones. They told police they carried out the attacks because they were bored. The boy who was attacked has moved to anothe ...

UK: Writer advocates infanticide of disabled children

Posted 08/10-10 at 12.04

Virginia Ironside, columnist and writer, speaking on a BBC religious affairs programme on Sunday (Oct.5th), said: : 'If a baby's going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.' She added: 'I ...

UK: Phone companies disenfranchising disabled people

Posted 07/10-10 at 11.58

A survey by Ofcom (the regulator for the UK communications industry) shows mobile phone companies are failing disabled consumers. The report found that, once prompted, only 75% of consumers are given information on services for disabled pe ...

UK: Disabled people lead protest against the Tory cuts

Posted 06/10-10 at 16.24

On October 3rd, outside the Conservative Party Conference, disabled people headed up a march, together with trade unions and other groups, to demonstrate against the proposed budget cuts. ...

UK: Protest against Scottish assisted suicide Bill

Posted 04/10-10 at 23.50

Members of Inclusion Scotland say Margo Macdonald's End of Life Bill, that would make it legal for doctors to assist those who wish to die, discriminates against disabled people and contradicts the independent living agenda. They were protesting o ...

UK: Disabled people must chose eating or heating

Posted 02/10-10 at 17.42

Disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to go without heating, food, clothes and leisure activities because of a lack of money. This is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment to extend winter fuel payments (now made to peopl ...

UK: Cuts to local spending not as tough as reported says Lib Dem MP

Posted 29/09-10 at 00.48

Andrew Stunel MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said, "What has happened so far shouldn't lead many local authorities to cut. We've asked them to slash their budgets by a maximum of 3.5%, no more, and an ...

UK: Woman loses Foreign Office posting because of being deaf

Posted 19/09-10 at 18.30

While in Warsaw, Jane Cordell, as head of the embassy's political section, led a number of initiatives on disability rights in Poland, earning a nomination for a Presidential Order of Merit medal. Now her appointment as deputy ambassador to Kazakhsta ...

UK: Some councils make deep cuts to services for disabled children

Posted 19/09-10 at 01.30

The Council for Disabled Children says that some local councils are already stopping services for disabled children at short notice, before they know about the funding available from central government. The services effected include clubs, ...

UK: Update on murder of disabled boy

Posted 18/09-10 at 00.57

As we reported in May, Yvonne Freaney, 48, had been arrested for ...

UK: Government says leaked memo on disability benefits cuts ‘out of date’

Posted 14/09-10 at 20.15

A leaked document, dated from June, appears to suggest that ministers had had reached an agreement to cut disability benefits by £2.5bn. The chief secretary of the Treasury wouldn't comment on the document, but said, ‘We are looking for ...

UK: The Invisibles: disabled people in Britain

Posted 10/09-10 at 02.13

A poll commissioned by disability charity Scope has shown that: Nearly 40% of people (who are not disabled and do not have a disabled family member) don't know any disabled people. 90% of Britons have never had a disable ...

UK: Threat to DPOs shown by closing of major organization in Northamptonshire

Posted 04/09-10 at 12.28

The Disabled People's Alliance Northamptonshire (DPAN), which has been run by and championed the rights of disabled people for 16 years, is to close after it lost two major contracts. One has been taken over by a national company not run by disabl ...

UK: DPO campaigns against cuts

Posted 02/09-10 at 14.08

The Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP), representing over 40 DPOs and 400 individual members, is mounting a campaign against the proposed budget cuts that threaten to slash a wide range of benefits and services for disabled people and th ...

UK: Cuts threaten travel for disabled and elderly people

Posted 31/08-10 at 14.39

Transport for All campaigns for a fully accessible, reliable and affordable transport network. It is extremely concerned about reports that cuts are planned of over 7,400 hours of ticket office staffing every week. This they say will have a disastrou ...

UK: Legal challenge launched against budget cuts

Posted 29/08-10 at 19.39

The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for equality between women and men in the UK, has started legal proceedings against the government over the emergency budget. They say that there has been no equality impact assessment, as required by law. ...

UK: Budget cuts put disabled people at risk of losing their homes

Posted 12/08-10 at 18.55

A cut in mortgage payment support, involving a loss of £1,300 annually for every £100,000 borrowed, could result in 64,000 disabled people losing their homes. Around 59,000 disabled people use the benefit to help them pay their mortgages ...

UK: Minister warns budget cuts may be illegal

Posted 08/08-10 at 23.14

The Home Secretary, Teresa May, has warned the Chancellor of the Exchequer that cuts imposed in the June Emergency Budget may be in breach of the Equality Act 2010. This is because they would have a disproportionate effect on women, pensioners, et ...

UK: Disabled woman fights off ‘mercy killing’ husband

Posted 19/07-10 at 10.34

John Millar, 67, from Edinburgh has been jailed for four and a half years for the attempted murder of his disabled wife Phyllis. He claimed he wanted to end her suffering when he tried to smother her with a pillow. When questioned by the police, M ...

UK: Negative stereotyping of people with learning difficulties widespread

Posted 19/07-10 at 10.23

A third of the 1,100 adults surveyed in a poll carried out by the charity Turning Point said that people with learning difficulties couldn't live independently or hold down jobs, while almost a quarter imagined they would be living in care homes. ...

UK: Families with disabled children struggling to survive.

Posted 15/07-10 at 18.31

A report from the charity Contact a Family claims that financial difficulties have become the norm for families with disabled children. Current economic problems have worsened the situation. One in four parents with disabled children go wi ...

UK: Government targets disability benefits

Posted 28/06-10 at 21.46

The Coalition Government is taking a hard line on cutting spending on incapacity benefit (IB)/Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). These benefits are for sick and disabled people between 18 and 65 who because of ill health or impairments are un ...

UK: Threats of massive cuts in services for elderly and disabled people

Posted 21/06-10 at 15.12

Warwickshire County Council are considering plans to increase by up to ten times the cost of services for disabled and elderly people. A council official said, "In the present economic climate, with the prospect of tighter budgets for year ...

UK: Commission launches inquiry into disability-related harassment

Posted 15/06-10 at 23.20

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be holding an inquiry into how public bodies and public transport providers are fulfilling their legal obligations to prevent disabled people from being harassed. Organizations found failing in their d ...

UK: Channel 4 to improve access

Posted 08/06-10 at 17.17

In a letter to DAA, the chief executive of Channel 4 has let us know about their plans to make programmes more broadly accessible. Starting this July they will move to provide subtitling on Channel 4, More 4, Film 4 and +1 channels. They p ...

UK: Disabled people launch Campaign against assisted suicide

Posted 08/06-10 at 00.41

On June 3rd, disabled people from across the UK met in London to launch the Not Dead Yet UK campaign to ensure legislation prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia remains in place. A charter has been drawn up and sent all members of Pa ...

UK: Universities letting down disabled students

Posted 26/05-10 at 18.20

A study by a student newspaper in Oxford found that the dropout rate of disabled students had more than doubled last year. Peter Quinn, senior disability officer at Oxford, says, "Our own survey also shows that across the board, disabled students ...

UK: Mother remanded for murder of disabled son

Posted 26/05-10 at 16.53

Yvonne Freaney, 48, has been charged with the murder of her 11-year old disabled son, Glen. After killing Glen, she tried to commit suicide. When found at a hotel with Glen's body, she is reported to have said, ‘I had to do it - no-one else woul ...

UK: Disabled child excluded from primary school

Posted 06/05-10 at 20.31

The parents of Josh Pickett, an eight-year-old disabled boy from Tweedsmuir in Scotland, have been told that his primary school could no longer provide for his "special needs". ...

UK: Tory leader accused wanting to segregate disabled children in special schools

Posted 04/05-10 at 11.12

As he left a campaign meeting, David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader, was accused of wanting to block the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools by Jonathan Bartley, the father of a disabled child. ...

UK: Equality Act passed

Posted 17/04-10 at 03.16

  Almost two years after the Bill was published, the Equality Act was finally passed on April 8th, 2010. The Act brings 9 equality acts and over 100 other measures together in a single act. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) ...

UK: Disability hate crime claims another victim

Posted 05/04-10 at 22.10

Martyn Griffiths, 32, a disabled man, was left unconscious after a vicious attack in Aberdare in Wales. ...

UK: Death of disabled women linked to council’s neglect

Posted 02/04-10 at 12.39

Jennyfer (Alex) Spencer's friends have claimed that her death was directly related to her 7- year battle for accessible housing and to cuts in her entitlement to support by the London Borough of Camden. ...

UK: New report on accessible air travel

Posted 29/03-10 at 19.40

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has just published a report on how the European Union regulations on accessible air travel have been implemented in the country. It is important as it shows disabled people what they should expect when they fly. It ...

UK: Report finds capacity for work test unfair, insensitive and inaccurate

Posted 24/03-10 at 21.05

An excellent report published on March 23rd by the Citizens Advice Bureau has found, "People with serious illnesses and disabilities who could not reasonably be expected to work are being found fit for work." In 2008, Incapacity Benefit wa ...

UK: Independent Living Fund (ILF) to restrict access for new claimants

Posted 24/03-10 at 21.01

From May, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will only accept applications for support from those with at least 16 hours of paid work per week. This is a major change in policy brought about, they claim, by the need to maintain support within their ...

UK: Disabled man hounded to death by young thugs

Posted 16/03-10 at 21.46

David Askew, a 64-year-old from Greater Manchester with learning difficulties, had been bullied for years by local youths. The last confrontation on March 11th led to David dying from a heart attack outside his house. Neighbours complained ...

UK: TV documentary on disability hate crime

Posted 27/02-10 at 14.58

First Cut presents film-maker Hannah Murphy's portrayal of what life can be like for disabled people in Britain. Disabled people speak out about their experiences of hate crime and question a society that continues to do nothing to protect them. ...

UK: Prime Minister speaks out against assisted suicide

Posted 25/02-10 at 15.55

The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, became one of the highest profile people to reject the idea of changing the law to allow ‘assisted suicide". In an article in the Daily Telegraph, he wrote, ‘... death as an option and an entitlement, ...

Life and Death Matters: Disability Rights and Incapacity

Posted 18/02-10 at 11.47

A conference will be held on March 29th at the London Metropolitan University on the legal implications of end-of-life issues, including assisted suicide and non-treatment. Although the entry charge is rather dear (£65/£25 concession) th ...

BBC programme on disability hate crime

Posted 16/02-10 at 17.52

On February 15th, Panorama showed an excellent half-hour documentory on disability hate crime. It was researched and presented by Simon Green, a wheelchair user. The programme shows in hard-edged detail what DAA has been reporting on for many year ...

UK: Tories promise £1m to help disabled people into political office and the civil service

Posted 28/01-10 at 13.42

If they come to power in the forthcoming elections, the Conservative Party says they will create a fund to support disabled people who want to become MPs, local councilors or civil servants.The money will be spent to cover such things as adapting ...

UK: Mother jailed for murdering disabled son

Posted 26/01-10 at 19.20

Frances Inglis was jailed for life, with a minimum term of nine years, after being found guilty of murder for giving a lethal injection of heroin to her brain-damaged 22-year-old son Thomas. Despite her claim that she wanted to put her son ...

UK: Hate crime against disabled people in Wales exposed in BBC documentary

Posted 24/01-10 at 23.44

In Wales in 2009, police recorded 116 hate crimes against disabled people. There were only 18 convictions. A recent documentary, ‘Why do you hate me?' for BBC One Wales suggests many more incidents go unrecorded. The programme, is presen ...

UK: Disabled women uses Human Rights Act in case against police

Posted 18/12-09 at 21.16

In the first case of its kind, a woman with a history of mental illness took Cambridgeshire Police to court alleging she had been subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment. This was after learning that her claim she had been raped had not been ...

UK: Victory for crucial disabled people’s campaign in Edinburgh

Posted 26/11-09 at 14.04

Plans to tender care services, against the wishes of and without consulting disabled people, was suspended after a 10 hour meeting of the City Council. 300 people attended and police had to be called in to control the crowd. The whole process of t ...

UK: Care worker gets 12 years for sexual assault on disabled women

Posted 10/11-09 at 18.49

James Watts, 57, has been convicted of sexually assaulting four disabled women at the care home where he worked as a mini bus driver. He was found guilty after one of his victims testified by blinking yes or no to questions from the police.Another ...

UK: Police accept failures in Pilkington case but say Fiona partly to blame

Posted 26/10-09 at 22.58

As reported on our website, following the Coroner's hearing into the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter, Leicestershire Police Authority convened a special meeting on October 13th to receive a report from the Constabulary. At the ...

UK: Police called to account on Pilkington case

Posted 12/10-09 at 11.00

Following the conclusion of the Coroner's hearing into the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter, Leicestershire Police Authority has convened a special meeting to receive a report from the Constabulary regarding the police actions involved ...

Enough is enough – stop hate crime against disabled people now!

Posted 05/10-09 at 17.28

On June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, doused himself with petrol and then lit a match. He burned to death at a busy intersection in Saigon. He was protesting about the mistreatment of fellow Buddhists by the Vietnamese govern ...

UK: Failure to deal with disability hate crimes leads to mother and daughter murder/suicide

Posted 21/09-09 at 18.32

A mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter by setting fire to their car had been unable to get help against constant abuse and intimidation from local youths. ...

Marriage of young disabled woman prohibited by authorities

Posted 18/09-09 at 00.56

Kerry Robertson, who is 17 and has learning difficulties, has been prohibited by social workers from marrying her fiancé. Two days before they were to be married, Kerry, who is five months pregnant, and her husband to be, Mark McDougall, ...

September 2009 Editorial : Taking the UN Convention to the streets.

Posted 01/09-09 at 21.39

How many ordinary disabled people know about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Even if they've heard about it, how many people know what it means to them in their day-to-day lives? For the most part, it is the l ...

Falconer amendment on assisted suicide defeated

Posted 08/07-09 at 11.05

Lord Falconer's amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill to protect those who assist in the suicide of disabled and terminally ill people has been defeated by 194 to 141 votes. ...

Job Seekers With Disabilities Face Discrimination At Application Stage, UK

Posted 07/07-09 at 19.15

In a snapshot survey published by Terrence Higgins Trust, two thirds of top organisations were found to ask irrelevant health related questions on job application forms. A coalition of charities wants these questions banned to reduce the d ...

BMA continues to reject assisted suicide

Posted 05/07-09 at 14.19

Further to our news item Is the right to die becoming a duty to die? we are pleased to report that the BMA, following a debate at their An ...

Is the right to die becoming a duty to die?

Posted 28/06-09 at 18.32

Coroners and Justice Bill in House of Lords This Bill is attempting to tighten up the Suicide Act to prevent the internet promotion of suicide. However, three amendments (173, 174, 177) have been laid by Lords Falconer, Joffe and Alderdi ...

new flash: UK ratifies CRDP

Posted 08/06-09 at 15.44

UK ratifies CRDP and will be starting the parliamentary process for ratifying the OP shortly The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a powerful and explicit statement, which states ...

John Chillag –Trustee – Died March 21st

Posted 12/05-09 at 15.04

DAA is very saddened to learn of the death of our long-standing trustee, John Chillag. He joined DAA from the outset, ...

EU Draft Discrimination Directive - the UK Consults

Posted 12/05-09 at 14.33

The UK has launched a consultation on the EU Discrimination Directive. This draft directive covers all discrimination:race, religion, age, disability and gender and sexual orientation.It outlaws discrimination beyond the areas of employment and vo ...

Health or Independence? Not both, says Law

Posted 25/03-09 at 13.31

On March 23, 2009 the Honourable Justice Silber decided that as the NHS was a free service it could not make direct payments to disabled people to ensure their independent living within the community.Mr Harrison and Mrs. Garnham both had ...

UK Government to reserve on rights of disabled people.

Posted 05/03-09 at 00.38

DAA is pleased that the UK government is progressing the ratification process. However, the proposed reservations in four important areas is disappointing. After years of campainging and meetings with officials, this outcome is very depressing. Re ...

UK Has Signed the Optional Protocol

Posted 27/02-09 at 12.25

***** STOP PRESS *****   We are pleased to announce that the UK Ambassador to the United Nations signed the OP in New York, at 11.30 on Thursday 26th February. This is good news. ...

Ivan Cameron Dies

Posted 26/02-09 at 12.16

DAA send their deepest sympathy to the Cameron's on the death of Ivan, their disabled eldest son, who died early on Wednesday 25 February.   David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition in the UK, has always talked about how much Ivan h ...

Parents think disabled presenter scares their children

Posted 25/02-09 at 11.24

Cerri Burnell is a presenter for the children's channel CBBC. She was born with one arm and does not hide her impairment. A flurry of media responses expressed concern and outrage, with parents said to worry about the impact Cerri's apearance migh ...

Charity calls disabled resident 'a git'.

Posted 16/02-09 at 14.08

A recent case has raised important questions about the accountability of residential managers to those who have entrusted their care to them. A judgement by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) against Leonard Cheshire Disability ha ...

UK agrees Optional Protocol

Posted 13/02-09 at 16.25

On the 3rd February Jonathan Shaw announced that the UK will sign the Optional Protocol. This is welcome news. Mr. Jonathan Shaw said: "The Optional Protocol contains additional agreements between countries that have signed the convention. ...

Call For Action Gordon Brown

Posted 03/02-09 at 20.47

The Alliance for Inclusive Education ALLFIE is calling all disabled people and their allies for action, because the UK Government is currently planning to reduce our rights in education. At the end of the ALLFIE article, we have reproduced a campa ...

Disability Equality: Promoting Positive Attitudes

Posted 21/01-09 at 12.40

In December, a research study by The Children’s Society found that about a third of children said they did not learn about disability at school. Under the Disability Equality Duty of the DAA the education system has a duty to promote positive at ...

Designer Babies?

Posted 14/01-09 at 19.45

In London the first baby was born this month free of a genetic variation linked to breast cancer. This sparks fears that more ‘designer babies’ will be selected. Disabled people are concerned that their lives are seen as not worth living, as ...

Dying man ‘not worth saving’

Posted 14/01-09 at 18.42

A disabled man was apparently left to die by two paramedics, who decided that his life was not worth saving. Barry Baker from Brighton phoned the Ambulance Services when he collapsed with symptoms of a heart attack. The phone line ...

3rd December, International Day of Disabled People - Events and campaigns

Posted 08/12-08 at 21.43

What I did on International Day. Where were you on 3rd December 2008? We would love to hear your story. Please leave a comment about what you did, the event you took part in and people you met. "I had the day off work and met up ...

UK Government appears to be wavering on disability rights

Posted 07/12-08 at 17.34

Disabled people are concerned over comments made by Jonathan Shaw, Minister of Disabled People, that the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People might not be ratified in full. At a hearing of evidence on the 18th November the Jo ...

Balancing Rights with Duties

Posted 07/11-08 at 11.35

As disabled people are waiting for the UK government to fully support the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, Jack Straw wants to introduce a new law with more emphasis on duties and responsibilities, and not only on rights. The Europe ...

ACTION ALERT!

Posted 30/10-08 at 14.18

Remember, Remember the 5th of November ... In a modern twist on the Gun Powder Plot disabled activists and campaigners will present a petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at 10 Downing Street next week. The petition, of over fif ...

Recognition For Inclusion Now Campaign Work

Posted 29/09-08 at 22.40

ALLFIE Director, and DAA Chair, Tara Flood has been awarded the Social Inclusion Campaign Award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.   ...

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