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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: 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 ...

The Netherlands: Personal budgets decimated by cuts

Posted 09/06-11 at 15.09

Citing the need to reduce spending, the government is removing personal budgets from 90% of disabled people (117,000) who have been organising their own support. From 2014, only people classified as needing residential care will be eligible for a ...

USA: Budget cuts unfairly target disabled people

Posted 05/06-11 at 19.50

The state of Illinois is planning deep cuts to independent living support for disabled people. This is being done to help balance the state's $13 billion deficit. The governor's proposal, one of three possible budgets being considered (from the g ...

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: 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: 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: 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 ...

USA: Better in prison than free and disabled in California?

Posted 03/04-11 at 00.31

Laura Repke, says that her son, as well as many other people with learning difficulties, might be better off in prison, even on Death Row. ...

UK: Minister for Disabled People on benefit reform

Posted 22/02-11 at 18.20

Interviewed in the Guardian, Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, claims that, 'The clear objective of the government is helping disabled people to live more independent lives'. She says the current system needs to be overhauled because it ...

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: 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: 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 ...

USA: Budget cuts could dump disabled people in homeless shelters

Posted 02/11-10 at 15.15

A family in Battle Ground, Indiana, have been told that because the state won't pay for their disabled son to live independently, they should consider leaving him at a shelter for homeless people. The state bureau responsible denied this i ...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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. ...

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