Independent Living
Benefits and Poverty
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Anger over Royal Society’s ‘love fest for euthanasia’ conference

Disabled activists have attacked the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for hosting a conference on “choice at the end of life” that was little more than a “love fest for euthanasia”. RSM said before the event that the conference would “question whether or not assisted dying is complementary or contradictory to the notion of person-centred
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Anger over Royal Society’s ‘love fest for euthanasia’ conference

Disabled activists have attacked the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for hosting a conference on “choice at the end of life” that was little more than a “love fest for euthanasia”. RSM said before the event that the conference would “question whether or not assisted dying is complementary or contradictory to the notion of person-centred
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Legal advice concerns after government abandons search for new contractors

Lawyers and campaigners have raised fresh concerns about the government’s approach to providing legal advice to people who need help with discrimination and special educational needs (SEN) cases, after ministers abandoned efforts to award new contracts in those areas. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had been seeking organisations to take on contracts to provide advice
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Renovations to Houses of Parliament ‘must provide step change in access’

A disabled peer has told the House of Lords that plans for a major “restoration and renewal” of the Houses of Parliament must ensure a “step change” in the provision of disability access in a building that can be “extremely unwelcoming” to disabled people. Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats and a wheelchair-user
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Arts, Culture and Sport
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Benefits Street antidote ‘will not be a safe space for audiences’

An award-winning disabled poet, performer and stand-up is hoping that her new show – based on more than 80 interviews with disabled and working-class people and benefit claimants – will provide an antidote to reality TV “rubbish” like Benefits Street. Jackie Hagan’s This Is Not A Safe Space combines poetry, stand-up, story-telling and “just gabbing
Crime
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Disabled people need ‘equal and fair’ hate crime laws, MPs are told

Disabled people will only be protected from online abuse when they have “equal and fair” hate crime laws, a leading disabled campaigner has told MPs. Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London, told the Commons petitions committee that the abuse targeted at disabled people online was “just an echo” of what they experienced on the streets.
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Campaigners welcome resignation of ‘progressive eugenics’ journalist

Campaigners have welcomed the decision of a controversial right-wing writer and free schools advocate to resign from the board of the government’s new higher education watchdog, and say he should never have been appointed. Toby Young’s resignation came just hours after disabled Tory MP Robert Halfon called on his own government to reverse its decision
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Campaigners welcome resignation of ‘progressive eugenics’ journalist

Campaigners have welcomed the decision of a controversial right-wing writer and free schools advocate to resign from the board of the government’s new higher education watchdog, and say he should never have been appointed. Toby Young’s resignation came just hours after disabled Tory MP Robert Halfon called on his own government to reverse its decision
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Deaf chief executive wins right to challenge Access to Work cap in court

A Deaf chief executive has won the right to question the government’s “discriminatory” cap on Access to Work (AtW) payments in the high court, in the latest legal challenge to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) disability policy agenda. David Buxton, chief executive of Action on Disability in London, is one of many British Sign Language
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Tory peer attacks McVey over ‘litany of inaccuracies’ on Motability

A Tory peer has accused work and pensions secretary Esther McVey of making a series of untrue statements about the Motability car scheme to fellow MPs. Lord Sterling, who co-founded Motability in 1977, has told McVey in a letter that he found the “litany of inaccuracies” in the comments made by her and fellow MPs
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