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The problems with work assessments run deeper than Atos | Sue Marsh

The problems with work assessments run deeper than Atos | Sue Marsh

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

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

‘Shambolic’ ticketing systems spoiling live gigs for disabled people

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Put disabled people in charge of benefits assessments | Julie Fernandez

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...

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...
Carphone Warehouse makes wrong call

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...
Disability claimants pushed to the brink by 'faceless' benefits system

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...
Iain Green on the coalition, the new year and welfare cuts – cartoon

Iain Green on the coalition, the new year and welfare cuts – cartoon

David Cameron, the prime minister, and George Osborne, the chancellor, welcome 2013 with the fat cats
Have a good Christmas, things can only get worse | Polly Toynbee

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...
Ukip candidate suggests abortion for foetuses with Down's syndrome

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...
Scope quits mandatory work scheme

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...
Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2012: the Disability Law Service

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.