Posts tagged "legal"

Goodwill is a multibillion dollar company, but pays some of its disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour due to a legal loophole.

Goodwill is a multibillion dollar company, but pays some of its disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour due to a legal loophole.

By Anna Schecter, Producer, NBC News One of the nation’s best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed. Goodwill Industries, a multibillion-dollar company whose executives make six-figure salaries, is among the nonprofit groups permitted to pay thousands...
How social enterprise can save Remploy

How social enterprise can save Remploy

Entrepreneur Oli Randell explains why he's used a social enterprise model tied to a limited company to acquire the assets of Remploy Bolton When I was approached by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to see if I could develop a rescue plan for Remploy's Bolton factory, some form of social enterprise was always going...
Academies' refusal to admit pupils with special needs prompts legal battles

Academies’ refusal to admit pupils with special needs prompts legal battles

Case of 11-year-old with cerebral palsy and A* maths GCSE fuels wider concerns over education reforms and accountability Two of the government's flagship academy schools are facing legal challenges for refusing to admit children with statements of special needs. In one case involving Mossbourne academy in Hackney, east London, which has been celebrated for...

South Africa searches soul over alleged rape of disabled 17-year-old girl

Suspected gang-rape by seven men and boys sparks outrage in country where sexual violence is common It is a country that can seem inured to violence from sheer familiarity. But this was a crime so shocking that even South Africa has begun to search its soul

Letters: Cuts to services and legal aid are linked

As the parent of a 48-year-old daughter with learning difficulties and other health issues, I recognise the situation reported by Amelia Gentleman ( Legal aid bill 'puts most vulnerable at risk' , 17 April). It is, sadly, getting worse by the day

Legal aid bill puts thousands at risk, says Citizens Advice

Removal of specialist support leaves those wrongly assessed vulnerable to poverty and homelessness, campaigners warn A woman with learning difficulties, severe epilepsy, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and asthma recently underwent an official assessment of her fitness for work, which concluded that there was nothing preventing her from taking up employment.

New owners of Southern Cross dispute union £150m compensation claim

GMB union argues staff should receive 13 weeks' pay because they were not properly consulted The new owners of care homes inherited from Southern Cross have hit back at claims by the GMB trade union that employees are owed £150m in compensation. In a letter to MPs, NHS trusts and care home commissioners, representatives...

Will plans to scrap legal aid for clinical errors put people off claiming damages?

Campaigners fear that scrapping legal aid for clinical blunders will mean future victims will not have access to a reasonable life that compensation can buy Like many boys on the cusp of adolescence, Theodore is thinking about beer and fast cars. Top of his wish list is an orange Lamborghini, but for now he...

Life after legal aid: the fightback begins | Lucy Scott-Moncrieff

Solicitors are not going to sit back when welfare benefits and legal aid are withdrawn. We intend to challenge injustice in the courts Theere is a link between the welfare reform bill and the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders (Laspo) bill, and it is not simply the inspiring challenges that the Lords...

Assisted dying: we need a more humane law | Charles Falconer

The law on assisted suicide is incoherent for both those with a terminal illness and their loved ones The Commission on Assisted Dying, which I chair, on Thursday identifies a possible legal framework for the issue . It is a very British approach to legal change – limited, and subject to stringent safeguards –...

Cuts to legal aid will push disabled people further into poverty

Ken Clarke's cuts are a false economy that will mean more disabled people stay on the wrong benefits, says Kathy Peach Reading Ken Clarke's explanation for his reforms to legal aid is a strange experience for anyone concerned about the impact of removing access to free legal support for welfare cases. He states: "Without...

Legal aid cuts: hitting the vulnerable

Ministry of Justice plans to replace law centres and advisers with telephone 'gateway' will decimate social welfare law, critics say Daphne South came to fear the sound of her own telephone. Credit agencies would ring in the middle of the night demanding money. Her debts spiralled