Independent Living
Benefits and Poverty
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Concern over UN’s ‘silence’ on benefit-related deaths

Disabled activists fear that the UN committee examining the UK’s progress on implementing the disability rights convention may be ignoring links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of benefit claimants. This week, the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) published its “list of issues”, the areas where it
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Arts, Culture and Sport
Crime
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Setback for taxi wheelchair access, after councils snub new laws

Local authorities are refusing to take simple measures that will provide new legal protection from discrimination for wheelchair-users who want to travel by taxi. On 6 April, the government finally brought into force legislation that imposes fines of up to £1,000 on drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles who refuse to accept wheelchair-users,
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