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Employment David Cameron launching Disability Confident
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The government’s scheme aimed at encouraging employers to take on disabled staff is “trivially easy to abuse” and allows organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they do not comply with anti-discrimination laws, new research suggests. Disability Confident was relaunched this month, but disabled researcher David Gillon says his analysis shows it
Employment Penny Mordaunt speaking to MPs
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Grassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper. The event for “stakeholders” was hosted by the disability charity Scope at its London headquarters, and attended by Penny Mordaunt (pictured), the minister for disabled people. The
Benefits and Poverty A wheelchair-user sits in front of a stage, while the grass is covered by white flowers
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A leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that have risked the lives of thousands of benefit claimants. Disability News Service (DNS) reported last month that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Benefits and Poverty Entrance to DWP's Caxton House HQ
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Problems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues. The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a fortnight, leaving disabled callers unable to get through to lodge their claims.
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