Independent Living
Benefits and Poverty
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Disgraced PIP assessor escapes being struck off

A disgraced former disability assessor and paramedic has avoided being struck off, despite a tribunal concluding that he made offensive remarks about disabled benefit claimants. Alan Barham was sacked by the government outsourcing giant Capita last year after being exposed by an undercover reporter working for Channel 4’s Dispatches. He later contacted Disability News Service
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Summit meeting will aim to bring movement together on independent living

Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living. Plans for the day-long summit were launched at a fringe meeting at the annual TUC Congress in Brighton this week. Mandy Hudson, who represents
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Summit meeting will aim to bring movement together on independent living

Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living. Plans for the day-long summit were launched at a fringe meeting at the annual TUC Congress in Brighton this week. Mandy Hudson, who represents
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Lib Dem conference: Party votes to bring UN disability convention into UK law

The Liberal Democrats have voted to incorporate the UN disability convention into UK law. Party members overwhelmingly passed an emergency motion that noted how the UK government was accused last month by a UN committee of causing a “human catastrophe” by cutting disabled people’s support. David Buxton, the Deaf party activist who proposed the motion,
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Lib Dem conference: Disabled MP promises to ‘harry’ and ‘shame’ ministers

A disabled Liberal Democrat MP has promised to “harry” and “shame” the government in parliament over its “shameful” record on disability rights. Stephen Lloyd, the party’s shadow work and pensions secretary, told Disability News Service (DNS) that he would use his own 25-year commitment to the social model – and his in-depth knowledge of work
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Arts, Culture and Sport
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Some television companies say just one per cent of staff are disabled, says Ofcom

As few as one per cent of the employees working for some UK broadcasters have described themselves as disabled people, according to new research by the industry regulator. Ofcom’s Diversity And Equal Opportunities In Television report says disabled people appear to be “significantly under-represented” across the television industry, at just three per cent. The Ofcom
Crime
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Modern slavery sentencing again exposes hate crime failings

The failure of the criminal justice system to recognise and punish disability hate crime has been highlighted yet again, after nine members of the same family were jailed for modern slavery and fraud offences spanning more than 25 years. Members of the Rooney family received sentences of up to 16 years after Nottingham Crown Court
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Motability’s tyre policy ‘risks safety of customers’

The Motability car scheme has been accused of risking the safety of its disabled customers, by refusing to replace their tyres until they are only just above the legal minimum tread depth. Disabled campaigner Ian Jones, one of the founders of the WOW petition, said that the position of Motability Operations contradicts the advice of
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