Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Disability News Round Up By John Pring - Week Beginning 31/10/2011

  • Disabled activists have ridiculed a union’s claims that its members have been unfairly criticised for the way they test disabled people’s “fitness for work”.
  • Government figures have revealed alarming new evidence of a slump in the number of disabled people granted funds to make their workplaces more accessible.
  • Two disabled people have lost their high court challenge over a council’s decision to slash spending on social care services.
  • The number of disability benefits claimants found “fit for work” by the government has fallen sharply over the last two years, according to new figures.
  • Researchers are seeking volunteers to take part in a project that will trace how the educational experiences of disabled people have changed over the last 100 years.
  • A disabled peer has challenged a minister over whether she is taking account of the views of disabled people in developing new policies.
  • Trials of the assessment for the benefit that will replace disability living allowance (DLA) show the test is worryingly similar to the government’s discredited “fitness for work” assessment, say campaigners.
  • Thousands of disabled people and other campaigners have taken part in a series of anti-cuts protests in more than a dozen towns and cities across the UK.

For links to the full stories, please visit Disability News Service


madpiano said...

Hi, sorry, didn't know how to contact you, but have you seen this article from Croydon? It is unbelievable!


Disabled benefit seekers banned from using lifts at Croydon assessment centre

Emma said...

Your blog is great, and it is good to know that there are people out there in support of the welfare system for those of us that need it. I am all for scrapping it for people who are just scrounging and being lazy, BUT there are people who can't work and it's these people that will suffer.

I fully support your blog and it will be on my blogroll!

Take Care

Emma x