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Elderly 'ripped off' in mobility scooter market

Elderly and disabled people who rely on mobility scooters to get around run the risk of being “ripped off” by retailers charging what they can get away with, pensioners groups are warning.

Goths at risk of depression or self-harming, research says

Young people who identify as goths may be more likely to suffer from depression or to self-harm, according to new social research into teenage subcultures.

Thousands have died after being found fit for work, DWP figures show

Nearly 90 people a month are dying shortly after being declared fit for work, according to new data that has prompted campaigners and Labour leadership contenders to call for an overhaul of the government’s welfare regime.

Disability benefit sanctions soar by 30% in a year

Sanctions to people on disability benefits rose by over 30 per cent last year

Iain Duncan Smith criticises employers over disability employment gap

The government’s aims to get one million more people with a disability or long-term illness into work will require changes in practice and attitudes on the part of jobcentres and employers, experts have said.

Boy, nine, fitted with first prosthetic hand that can change grip with gestures

A nine-year-old boy, born with his right arm missing from the elbow, can build Lego, eat with a knife and fork and pull up his trousers for the first time thanks to a new bionic hand.

Number of people developing dementia 'stabilising'

The NHS should update dementia care planning in light of new prevalence analysis suggesting rates are actually stabilising rather than increasing, a group of leading experts have said

School nurses ‘need better mental health training’

Training on mental health for school nurses must improve, organisations representing the profession have said.

‘Bizarre’ figures raise fears over ministers’ plans for ESA

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has sparked new concerns after releasing “bizarre” figures that suggest ministers plan to cut the number of people eligible for out-of-work disability benefits by a third in 2017-18.

Latest Figures Show Massive Rise In ESA Sanctions

Figures released by the DWP this week show a massive 38% rise in employment and support allowance (ESA) sanctions in the space of just one month. The huge increase raises fears that the DWP deliberately reduced sanctions in the run up to the election, but are now launching a big new drive against ESA claimants.