Independent Living

Trio seek court backing to fend off council’s DPO ban

Three disabled people are taking legal action against a council that has banned them and other service-users from continuing to use a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) to support them with managing their care packages. It is believed to be the first case in which service-users have sought a judicial review under the government’s new
Benefits and Poverty

Protesters to march on GP surgery over Maximus job coach project

Disabled activists are to march on a surgery next month in protest at its involvement in a government scheme that is placing welfare-to-work advisors from a discredited US outsourcing giant in GP practices. Six surgeries in Islington, north London, are taking part in the year-long pilot scheme run and funded by the Department for
Arts and Culture

Most just stand by after witnessing hate crimes, says survey

More than one in seven people have witnessed a disability hate crime or incident in the last year, according to a new survey released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Disabled campaigners say the figures, published by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, should push the criminal justice system to do more to recognise and act

Alarm over huge new ‘care village’ for autistic adults

Disabled campaigners have expressed alarm after work began on a huge new “care village” for autistic adults, despite concerns raised by the local council. The £4 million project will see a 40-unit “specialist care centre” on land in North Shields, with the first residents expected to move in early next year. The project is