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Independent Living
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Every political party should ensure that its MPs only rent constituency offices that are fully accessible to disabled people campaigners have demanded. They spoke out after a series of Disability News Service reports that revealed three ministers with equalities responsibilities – Mark Harper, Jo Swinson and Iain Duncan Smith – have inaccessible constituency offices.
Independent Living
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A second government minister responsible for promoting equality has been accused of an “unacceptable” failure to run a constituency office that is accessible to disabled people. Last month, the Conservative minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, refused to answer a string of potentially embarrassing questions about his inaccessible constituency office in Gloucestershire. Now Jo
Independent Living
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The minister for disabled people is facing fresh accusations of hypocrisy after calling on disabled people to take part in a survey on access to sports stadiums despite refusing to answer questions about his own inaccessible constituency office. Mark Harper faced ridicule last month after Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that his Conservative constituency
Activism and Campaigning
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The minister for disabled people has been accused of an “unbelievable” and “very worrying” failure to prove his claim that disability organisations “agree with the government” on its policy to shut the Independent Living Fund (ILF). Mark Harper told MPs last month that he had “talked to disability organisations… and they agree with the
Employment
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New moves to scrap the role of specialist disability employment advisers (DEAs) in some jobcentres risk “dismantling” the support available to help disabled people into work, campaigners fear. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed this week that a pilot scheme to create a new “Unipod” structure in Jobcentre Plus offices is being
Employment
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The Access to Work (AtW) scheme is only helping a minority of the disabled people it should be supporting in the workplace, according to a committee of MPs. The work and pensions select committee report also warns that a new rule introduced by the government is having a ”detrimental” effect on Deaf people who
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