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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
News Archive
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A disabled politician is hoping to become the first transgender person to be elected to parliament, when she contests next May’s general election. Emily Brothers is standing for Labour against the Liberal Democrat former minister Paul Burstow in the Sutton and Cheam constituency in south-west London. She was selected as the party’s prospective parliamentary
Benefits and Poverty
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A minister has admitted that it is not government policy to warn health or social services when “vulnerable” service-users have had their benefits “sanctioned”. The admission by the Conservative employment minister Esther McVey comes just weeks after her department admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) that it had carried out 60 secret reviews into
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