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Cambodia: Disabled people continue to face poverty and discrimination

Posted 30/03-11 at 23.48

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world and still suffering from the legacy of thirty years of war, with landmines estimated to have killed or injured up to 2% of the population. Victims of landmines are part of more than an estimat ...

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: 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: 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: Report says UK recovery depends on being tougher on those claiming disability benefits

Posted 15/07-10 at 18.34

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published an action plan for the growth of the UK economy. One of its key recommendations is that the government make it more difficult to claim disability benefits.   For ...

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 ...

USA: Support for disabled people face drastic cuts in California

Posted 12/06-10 at 15.12

Disability programmes in California are being slashed to cope with the state's massive financial deficit. Benefit payments were reduced last year and dental coverage was eliminated. The governor's current budget plan would eliminate in-home suppor ...

USA: Disability benefits system swamped due to economic recession

Posted 01/06-10 at 17.37

About 12.8 people in the US receive Social Security disability benefits.* At the moment, nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if they qualify. The system is so overwhelmed by applications that many people are waiting more than two years fo ...

South Africa: Disabled people remain poor and marginalised

Posted 26/05-10 at 18.12

Anew research study on poverty and disability has concluded that despite official commitments to the human rights of disabled people in South Africa, most remain poor, are less educated and are unable to earn a livelihood. The study found ...

USA: State budget cuts hit services for disabled people

Posted 16/03-10 at 21.55

The chief executive of the American Association of People with Disabilities, said that of all the budget cuts hitting services for disabled people throughout the US, South Carolina is the most extreme example. To help deal with a $560 mill ...

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