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‘Disabled woman’s life at risk’ after DWP harassment

A disabled woman says her life is at risk following a “barrage” of texts and phone calls from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), threatening – unlawfully – to remove her benefits if she failed to attend a work-focused interview.

Adass spring seminar: four things you need to know

Social care leaders gathered in Staffordshire last week for the annual spring seminar of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass). Here are some of the key points from the conference.

Dementia care: how social enterprises are developing products and services

The UK is in the midst of a huge demographic shift. Over the next two decades, the number of people aged 85 or over will more than double, and in England, almost a quarter of the population will be over 65. The scale of these changes present significant challenges and questions for individuals, families and communities.

Why people with disabilities are the best social care trainers

If you work in social care, you probably already know that the skills required are often underestimated – and undervalued. Staff need a complex set of skills and knowledge to provide the best support to the people who need it, whether it’s understanding how to support someone’s legal rights, or having specific communication skills to help people make sense of the world around them. So getting the right training is crucial if you want to provide services of the best quality.

Children with disabilities: targeted violence and hostility

This project will look at hostility, including violence, towards children with disabilities across the EU. It seeks to identify the legal and policy framework, as well as determine how information about such hostility is being collected. In addition, the project will look for examples of promising practices of how some Member States are addressing the problem.

Disability Politics UK: call to prioritise step free access

Disability Politics UK is helping two wheelchair users in Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency who are trying to get step free access installed at the 75% of tube stations and 80% of railway stations that do not have step free access. This affects wheelchair users, pushchair pushers and people carrying heavy luggage.

Doctors’ union finally agrees to spread the word

The doctors’ union has finally agreed to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that campaigners believe could protect disabled people facing the controversial “fitness for work” test.