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BBC initiative for disabled actors is a ‘wake-up call’ for producers

Disabled actors are being invited to submit audition tapes to the BBC as part of an initiative intended to improve on-screen representation of people with disabilities.

Judges Rule DWP Was Wrong To Deny Disability Benefit Appeals

The Department for Work and Pensions has been unlawfully stopping people going to tribunal to appeal against decisions to refuse them benefits, three senior judges have ruled.

Jobcentre Staff Have An Alarming Lack Of Confidence Dealing With Disabled Claimants

Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned.

My disability abortion bill could halt Britain’s slide towards eugenics, says Tory peer

A disabled peer has warned that Britain could be heading towards becoming a “eugenic” society if parliament does not agree to update abortion laws to make it illegal to discriminate against foetuses with impairments.

Global blindness set to 'triple by 2050'

The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest.

PIP investigation: 200 cases of dishonesty… and still DWP, Atos and Capita refuse to act

The government and its private sector contractors are refusing to investigate claims of widespread dishonesty in the benefits assessment industry, despite Disability News Service (DNS) collecting more than 200 such cases.

Iain Duncan Smith says work capability assessments don't work and are 'too harsh'

Former minister for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that work capability assessments given to sick people are “too harsh” and offer a “cliff edge” choice between work and no work.

Disability activists block House of Commons entrance in cuts protest

Protesters in wheelchairs blocked the MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons to demonstrate against disability cuts, supported by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who reportedly helped the activists through security.

Prince Harry launches brain injury card in Suffolk

Prince Harry is to visit a Suffolk charity next week in order to launch a new card to help protect people with brain injuries.

Over Half Of Foodbank Users Are Households With A Disabled Person

A report by the University of Oxford published last week has found that over half of Trussell Trust foodbank users belong to a household with a disabled person in it. The report also found that benefits sanctions and delays in benefits payments are a major cause of foodbank use, with claimants in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance particularly at risk.