Independent Living
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Outrage after council’s mobility scooter pavement ban suggestion

A council’s proposals to ban some mobility scooters from pavements as part of a crackdown on “anti social behaviour” are “outrageous, discriminatory and wrong” and likely to lead to a rise in disability hate crime, say disabled campaigners. The measure is included in a public consultation on a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
Benefits and Poverty
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DWP media reports ignore benefit deaths… and IDS resignation

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants ignored media coverage that exposed how ministers’ policies had led to the deaths of benefit claimants, in a series of confidential reports for their bosses. The DWP Media Evaluation reports, obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) following a freedom of information request, show how the department’s
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DWP media reports ignore benefit deaths… and IDS resignation

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants ignored media coverage that exposed how ministers’ policies had led to the deaths of benefit claimants, in a series of confidential reports for their bosses. The DWP Media Evaluation reports, obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) following a freedom of information request, show how the department’s
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Arts, Culture and Sport
Crime
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Mordaunt misleads MPs over Tory disability employment gap target

The minister for disabled people misled a Commons committee about the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap… less than two minutes after she began giving evidence. Penny Mordaunt (pictured) began speaking to the work and pensions select committee at 4.18pm on Monday by confirming her name and ministerial duties, but by 4.20pm
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Minister appears to announce plans for shock Motability expansion

The minister for disabled people appears to have announced plans for a major expansion of the Motability car scheme for disabled people, which for the first time would allow people with lower mobility support needs to lease a vehicle. The scheme has previously only allowed disabled people claiming the higher rate of mobility support
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