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Some councils' school transport costs nearly as high as child social care

Councils in England have warned that home-to-school transport, on which many children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) depend, is under threat because of “unsustainable” costs and insufficient funding.

Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court

One in two people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits was successful, analysis of five years of data shows.

Equality watchdog ‘considering action’ on benefits discrimination

The equality watchdog is considering taking action to tackle discrimination in the way decisions are made in the social security system, it revealed this morning.

Smoking may increase risk of mental health problems – study

Smoking tobacco cigarettes could increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia, research suggests.

Ticketmaster makes 'huge step forward' for disabled music fans

For years, deaf and disabled music fans have faced huge barriers when it comes to booking concert tickets.

Shock and alarm after 18 police commissioners call for assisted suicide reform

Disabled activists have spoken of their shock and alarm after 18 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) signed a letter calling for a change in the law on assisted suicide.

Common painkillers, statins and omega-3 fish oils may curb depression, study finds

Painkillers, statins and fish oils may alleviate symptoms of depression, especially when taken in conjunction with antidepressants, experts say.

Asthma carbon footprint 'as big as eating meat'

Many people with asthma could cut their carbon footprint and help save the environment by switching to "greener" medications, UK researchers say.

Ministers push ahead with single face-to-face assessments for disability benefits

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to offer a single face-to-face assessment – with the agreement of the claimant – that would replace and merge the current work capability assessment (WCA) and the assessment for personal independence payment (PIP).

'Unlawful practices and buck passing' over special needs

Parents seeking support for children with special educational needs face unlawful practices, buck passing and a "treacle of bureaucracy", MPs say.