Posts tagged "feeds"

Letters: Bonuses, disability payments and real need

Restricting the disability living allowance (or the personal independence payment) to "those who need it most" must seem to many right now to be entirely reasonable. But this policy accepts that the 500,000 scheduled to be denied help, although not the people who need it "most", will nevertheless be genuinely "in need". Another blow...

Letters: Bonuses, disability payments and real need

Restricting the disability living allowance (or the personal independence payment) to "those who need it most" must seem to many right now to be entirely reasonable. But this policy accepts that the 500,000 scheduled to be denied help, although not the people who need it "most", will nevertheless be genuinely "in need". Another blow...
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Letters: Special needs children have a right to inclusion

The "next steps" document on special needs education, following the Queen's speech, drives a coach and horses through the aspiration to inclusion ( Special needs kids deserve better than a rush to reform , 21 May). Parents have

The Paralympics show sport has woken up to disability, but not the politicians | Peter Beresford

It's as if some of our politicians want us to believe there are two disabled populations: one competitive, the other dependent This year looks set to highlight the contradictions facing disabled people in our society. On the one hand, they are facing increasing marginalisation and discrimination under "welfare reform" policy and public expenditure cuts....

Councils ‘failing to assess needs of carers of people with autism’

Survey finds four out of five carers have not been through assessment process that councils are obliged to provide Only one in five carers of people with autism have ever received the local authority assessment of their needs to which they are legally entitled, according to a major survey of carers' needs. Of more...

Live Q&A: Employing disabled people, 24 May, 1 pm – 3pm

Join us on Thursday to discuss the role played by social enterprises in increasing disabled employment Many social enterprises employ disabled workers.

Parents to control special education needs budgets

Reform of SEN gives parents freedom to choose and forces joined-up planning by education, health and social care services Parents in England are to be given control over their children's special educational needs (SEN) budgets, allowing them to choose expert support rather than local authorities being the sole provider. In what the government described...

Treasury failed to test fairness of spending cuts, equality watchdog finds

Duty to women, disabled people and ethnic minorities ignored in coalition zeal, says Equality and Human Rights Commission The Treasury failed to consider how crucial policies would affect women, disabled people and ethnic minorities before the 2010 spending review, according to a report by the equality watchdog. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)...

Queen’s speech: the bills we’d like to see

Five Guardian Law contributors tell us the legislation they'd enact Lucy Reed, family law barrister. Edits the Pink Tape family law blog I'm anxious about proposals to introduce a presumption of shared parenting. Although the intentions are laudable - to ensure dads are not marginalised - legislation has potential to confuse parents and drive,...

The trouble with mobility scooters

Mobility scooters are big business – and they can transform the lives of people with disabilities. But their rising popularity in the UK is creating hostility, not least when able-bodied people use them as a cheap alternative to a car The TGA Supersport tends to be bought by people who were fond of motorbikes...

Benefit cuts: Atos in the frame to deliver new disability tests

Ten of the UK's biggest private outsourcing companies have been shortlisted to deliver controversial Personal Independence Payment health assessments - with one notable exception Who will deliver a 20% cut to the disability living allowance benefits bill? We now know the contracts will be shared among 10 private companies, including the controversial French firm...

Lord Ashley of Stoke, champion of equality for disabled people, has died

Labour peer and disability rights campaigner Jack Ashley took the cause of the disabled to parliament and won victories for victims of the drug Thalidomide, among others Lord Ashley of Stoke, the country's first deaf MP and the "greatest champion Britain's disabled have had", has died aged 89 after a short battle with pneumonia....