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Disabled people ‘should come together in new national body’

Leading activists appalled by the prospect of another five years of attacks on disability rights and equality – following the election of a majority Conservative government – are working on plans to set up a new national organisation of disabled people.

Motability under spotlight over cuts to grants… despite £190 million reserves

The Motability car scheme has been asked to justify tough new rules that restrict grants made to disabled drivers with high support needs, at the same time that its charitable trust has reserves of nearly £200 million.

New parliament sees number of disabled MPs plunge

The Conservative election victory appears to have delivered a heavy blow to long-term efforts to ensure greater representation of disabled people in parliament.

Joint mental health commissioning strategy

Please see the following link for your opportunity to comment on the DRAFT mental health joint commissioning strategy.

Manchester United tell family with disabled son to watch Stockport instead

Man Utd refuse family's request for three sons to sit together at Old Trafford – capacity 75,635 – but say other clubs would welcome them with open arms

One in five benefit-related deaths involved sanctions, admits DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that 10 of the 49 benefit claimants whose deaths were subject to secret reviews had had their payments sanctioned.

ESA Claimant Takes On Maximus And Wins

A member of benefits and Work has successfully challenged a claim by Maximus staff that she could not submit an updated ESA50 questionnaire prior to attending a face-to-face assessment.

Five Thousand Disabled Adults Sexually Abused In Last 2 Years Says NSPCC

Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures have shown.

NHS ‘has wasted more than a year’ on latest bid to improve wheelchair services

The NHS has been accused of spending more than a year on its latest bid to improve wheelchair services, while producing nothing but two conferences and a series of working groups.

Devastating impact of cuts on disabled people

The general election is upon us. In 21st century Britain we like to think we live in an equal and fair society, but equality is hard won. There was a time when women chained themselves to railings for their right to vote, a time when gay people were imprisoned and when signs proclaimed “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish”. All have had to fight for their right to equality. Disabled people are fighting too, but not simply for equality – for their very survival.