Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disability News Round Up - Week Ending 23/11/2012



  • Leading disability rights figures have warned that key parts of the country’s equality legislation are under threat from the government, after the prime minister announced that he was “calling time on equality impact assessments”.
  • The third annual review of the government’s “fitness for work” assessment process has received a cool response from disabled activists.
  • A new report by a committee of MPs has added weight to concerns that hundreds of thousands of disabled people could find themselves driven “over the edge” by one of the government’s key welfare reforms.
  • The government has announced a series of new measures it hopes will reverse the slump in the number of disabled people benefiting from its Access to Work employment support scheme.
  • A new private members’ bill that would allow MPs to “job share” for the first time would make it easier for disabled people to stand for parliament, say campaigners.
  • A 15-month parliamentary inquiry has called for determined action to tackle the barriers to inclusion and equality faced by young disabled people.
  • The growing trend to provide services online is generating an increasing gap between advances in new technology and disabled people’s ability to take advantage of them, according to a new report.
  • Government cuts and reforms are creating a “perfect storm” that could see many disabled people losing their homes, according to a leading disabled campaigner and politician.
  • A new parliamentary inquiry is a “huge opportunity” for disabled people to raise their concerns with MPs about the accessibility of public transport, say campaigners.
  • Two little-known government regulations could hold the key to helping thousands of sick and disabled people who have been unfairly found “fit for work”, according to a new campaign.

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are a money grubbing, self seving, traitorous and greedy right-winger on the con.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Thank you Simon Stevens, as always your comments are an uplifting pleasure to receive

Anonymous said...

The Brandon Trust (ably supported by our supposed ally Kaliya Franklin aka Bendy Girl) is pioneering screwing us in every inconceivable way. Workhouses for the disabled: http://the-new-republic-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/100-silly-voices-brandon-trust.html

Anonymous said...

You are a fake, a liar, and a disgrace in your support for some of this government's worst policies on the disabled.
And you need to stop spouting your lies. You are doing damage, and you know it.
You are doing a disservice to the sick and disabled, like me, and you make me afraid and ill.

Anonymous said...

You don't know me.I am mist definitely not Simon Stevens. I am one f the many disabled who are absolutely appalled by you. I don't write a blog to profit from dsability, like you. I am not a fascist, like you.
I don't tell lies, like you.
You are truly a disgrace.

Peter H said...

I think the Harrington report is a much-needed clarion call.
The social media has been really useful in highlighting the injustices faced by many disabled people, but in many cases it has now turned into a moan-fest, and the constant whining is turning the general public away from the truly needy. Even the chairman of the PAC fell into the whining trap and was rightly taken to task by Robert Devereux.
So Harrington's comments ('often fuelled by adverse media coverage, representative groups and political points scoring...') are timely. We should all take heed as we plan the next stage.

Anonymous said...

Re:A new parliamentary inquiry is a “huge opportunity” for disabled people to raise their concerns with MPs about the accessibility of public transport, say campaigners.

This is bollocks isn't it? What are they going to come up with this time? As Blue Badge holders all over the country are having them removed just how are disabled people supposed to access this country???? This takes us back 50 years - all the gains removed in the twink of an eye