Independent Living
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Equality watchdog seeks legal advice on possible right to independent living

The equality watchdog has asked a barrister to examine whether there needs to be a legal right to independent living for disabled people, because of concerns that their rights to choice and control over their lives is being “eroded”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has asked the lawyer to assess how independent living
Benefits and Poverty
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Charities ‘must do more’ to support direct action anti-austerity activists, says DPO chair

Disability charities must do more to support the disabled activists who are fighting austerity through direct action protests, according to a leading figure in the disabled people’s movement. Jackie Driver, who has chaired the Manchester-based disabled people’s organisation Breakthrough UK for the last 13 years, said that grassroots organisations like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
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Charities ‘must do more’ to support direct action anti-austerity activists, says DPO chair

Disability charities must do more to support the disabled activists who are fighting austerity through direct action protests, according to a leading figure in the disabled people’s movement. Jackie Driver, who has chaired the Manchester-based disabled people’s organisation Breakthrough UK for the last 13 years, said that grassroots organisations like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
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Autistic-led taskforce will address ‘hypocrisy and injustice’

A new autistic-led taskforce has pledged to address the “hypocrisy and injustice” that faces autistic people, and make it easier for them to control their own lives, with the help of a £100,000 grant. The National Autistic Taskforce (NAT) is being funded for two years through the grant from the Shirley Foundation, which was awarded
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DWP allowed just two print interviews with disability minister in five years

Conservative ministers for disabled people have given fewer than 20 interviews to national print and internet media since the 2010 general election – an average of less than three a year – according to information obtained by Disability News Service (DNS). There were no interviews arranged by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in
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Arts, Culture and Sport
Crime
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Ofsted report ‘shows government is ignoring alarm bells on inclusive education’

Some parents are being asked to educate their disabled children at home because their schools claim they cannot meet their needs, the education watchdog’s annual report has warned. Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said in her report that the proportion of disabled children needing support who had been excluded from their schools was “typically high”.
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Ofsted report ‘shows government is ignoring alarm bells on inclusive education’

Some parents are being asked to educate their disabled children at home because their schools claim they cannot meet their needs, the education watchdog’s annual report has warned. Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said in her report that the proportion of disabled children needing support who had been excluded from their schools was “typically high”.
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Outrage after chancellor blames disabled people for UK’s economic woes

The chancellor of the exchequer is facing calls to apologise after he made “disgraceful” comments that blamed disabled people for the country’s poor economic performance. Philip Hammond’s comments to the Treasury select committee yesterday (Wednesday) came just days after his government launched its new 10-year Improving Lives strategy, which aims to find jobs for one
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