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Pay cuts imposed on top civil servants could lead to exodus of talent – auditor

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‘Shambolic’ ticketing systems spoiling live gigs for disabled people

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Put disabled people in charge of benefits assessments | Julie Fernandez

Amnesty International has recently passed a resolution condemning attacks on the human rights of sick and disabled people in the UK. One of the ways our rights are being challenged is the manner in which the government is trying to force disabled people into work. It’s a black mark on a society when its disabled residents have to jump through ridiculous hoops to get the benefits that they need to survive on a daily basis.

In this difficult financial climate when there are so many unemployed, why is the government putting the onus on disabled people to attend meetings run by organisations who only know how to assess by ticking boxes? These organisations don’t know what it’s like to have a disability where one minute you might not be in pain, but five more and that could all change., or where the built environment and people’s attitudes are as disabling a factor in the search for work as your own disability.

Why isn’t the government putting equal pressure on companies to make sure that they employ disabled people? If that is too complicated, then the government could take a bold lead and make all benefits assessors people with disabilities themselves; we would do a darn sight better than those doing it now. Disabled people would want to help those that need it the most and make the whole process easier and stress free; we would want to make sure those that are faking illness get booted off the system quickly so that there is money in the pot for those that need it the most.

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Guardian Christmas appeal: across the disabling divide | Editorial

As cutbacks bite, our campaign backs charities that share the noble fight against the segregation that can blight disabled lives David Cameron put it as well as anyone. Discussing what the Paralympics had achieved, he recalled pushing his late disabled son around the streets, and reflected : “I always thought some people saw the wheelchair, not the boy.

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Carphone Warehouse makes wrong call

Deaf customer is billed for £80 voice call – and repeatedly told to phone to clear up the problem I am profoundly deaf and only use a mobile phone for texting, as I cannot hear voice calls. I recently went into Carphone Warehouse’s Preston outlet and bought a new smart phone which would allow me to send and receive emails. I found it very difficult to use so I went back, only to be told that my TalkMobile (part of Carphone Warehouse) account was £80 in debit.

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Disability claimants pushed to the brink by ‘faceless’ benefits system

Charities express anger at near-continuous work assessments that patients with incurable conditions are forced to endure Fourteen years ago, Christian Dalley sustained serious brain damage in a motorbike accident and had to undergo two emergency lobotomies in the days after the crash. Although in some ways his recovery has been remarkable, the injuries to his brain have left him barely able to read and struggling to organise his life

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Have a good Christmas, things can only get worse | Polly Toynbee

From local government to health, spending plans show the deepest cuts are yet to come. This is bad news for Labour too If we survive the Mayan solstice apocalypse , we shall stagger out of this grim old year into a yet more gruesome one ahead. Flatlining now, the economy may dip again as the CBI reports weak Christmas sales to nervy customers

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Ukip candidate suggests abortion for foetuses with Down’s syndrome

Mencap: disgusted and horrified by the manifesto of Ukip candidate for Kent council, Geoffrey Clarke A disability charity has expressed dismay after a Ukip candidate suggested forcing mothers carrying foetuses with Downs syndrome or spina bifida to have abortions to avoid the child being “a burden on the state as well as on the family”.

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Scope quits mandatory work scheme

Disability charity becomes fourth to exit mandatory work scheme amid fears sick benefit claimants will be forced into unpaid jobs A major government programme to get people back into work has faced further setback after another major charity told the Guardian it was pulling out in response to a new policy to force sick and disabled benefit claimants into unpaid work.

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Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2012: the Disability Law Service

Cuts will make 2013 a challenging year for disabled people, but one of our appeal charities is helping them fight their corner Before he begins his afternoon session, offering legal support over the phone, solicitor Douglas Joy remarks that he often finds his work harrowing.

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Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2012: the Disability Law Service