- Many thousands more disabled people than previously thought could lose their entitlement to disability benefits when the government introduces its new personal independence payment, according to a user-led information service.
- A disabled peer has become the first member of the House of Lords to deliver a speech during a debate with the help of a personal assistant.
- Motability has admitted that up to 100,000 disabled people could have to hand back the vehicles they lease under its car scheme, because of the government’s cuts and reforms to disability living allowance.
- Disabled people are still experiencing humiliating and inappropriate treatment because of the failings embedded within the government’s “fitness for work” assessment system, according to a new report researched and written by a disabled campaigner.
- Disabled people who are given more control of their care funding through personal budgets are more likely to enjoy better quality care, a fuller life, increased independence and improved health, according to the results of a three-year study.
- A disabled campaigner has secured a high court victory over his local council, after it put the lives of blind and partially-sighted people at risk by ignoring government guidance on the use of tactile paving at road crossings.
- A new mobile phone “app” is making it easier for disabled people in search of a stylish – and accessible – venue for a night out on the town.
- A disabled people’s organisation has defended its decision to draw together a new “disability alliance” on behalf of the government, but has called for “dialogue” with parts of the disability movement that have criticised its involvement.
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