Independent Living
Benefits and Poverty
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How a single word shows DWP has finally owned up on benefit deaths

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally admitted that it could be partly responsible for the deaths of some benefit claimants. The admission came – quietly – after its release of heavily-redacted versions of 49 secret “peer reviews” into benefit-related deaths, following the loss of a 21-month battle with Disability News Service
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Arts and Culture
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Channel 4 defends decision on mental health panel make-up

Channel 4 has been criticised for hosting a panel discussion on how the media treats mental health, without inviting anyone with mental health difficulties onto the panel. The event on 17 May will mark Mental Health Awareness Week, and includes a discussion on “mental health portrayal on mainstream television and beyond”. The discussion will
Crime
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Campaigners fear Crabb has abandoned target to halve employment gap

The government may have abandoned its target to halve the disability employment gap, according to a leading disabled people’s organisation. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) said it feared comments made last week by the new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, suggested he had abandoned his party’s general election manifesto commitment to halve the
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Disabled duo set for huge US expansion of holiday website

By Raya Al Jadir A social enterprise launched by two disabled entrepreneurs from London is to open an office in the US, less than a year after it launched in the UK. The accessible holiday accommodation service Accomable was set up by Martyn Sibley and Srin Madipalli, the team behind the online disability magazine
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Wheelchair taxi rules will finally come into force… after 20 years

A report by peers on the impact of equality legislation on disabled people appears to have secured its first success, after the government agreed to bring into force taxi regulations – 20 years after they were first included in legislation. The regulations will mean that taxi-drivers can no longer refuse to accept wheelchair-users, and
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