Independent Living
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Young woman evicted from care home while critically ill in hospital

A young disabled woman was told that she had been evicted from her residential home while she lay critically ill in hospital. The care home in Barking, east London, run by the company Sahara Care, had originally issued the eviction notice to Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured) in a letter on 6 April, just days after she
Benefits and Poverty
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Call for national research as fears grow over loss of DPOs

There is an “urgent” need for research into the hidden issue of disabled people’s organisations across the country that are being forced to close because of funding problems, say campaigners. Shaping Our Lives (SOL), the national network of service users and disabled people, spoke out this week after further “worrying” figures showing the falling number
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Call for national research as fears grow over loss of DPOs

There is an “urgent” need for research into the hidden issue of disabled people’s organisations across the country that are being forced to close because of funding problems, say campaigners. Shaping Our Lives (SOL), the national network of service users and disabled people, spoke out this week after further “worrying” figures showing the falling number
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Memorial and procession will highlight need for reform after brutal murder

Campaigners will take part in a procession later this month to mark the murder of a disabled asylum-seeker and highlight the need for sweeping changes to the system that failed him. Disabled asylum-seekers and activists, grassroots groups, academics and policy-makers will come together for the event in Bristol, nearly two years after Kamil Ahmad’s murder.
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TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Government ‘has created hostile environment for disabled people’

The government has created a “hostile environment” for disabled people just as it has for members of the Windrush generation, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people has told trade unionists. Marsha de Cordova (pictured) described herself as a “grand-daughter of the Windrush generation” as she addressed the annual TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference in Bournemouth. De
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Arts, Culture and Sport
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Disability Pride events ‘allow disabled people to celebrate who they are’

Organisers of some of the growing number of Disability Pride events being held across the country have explained why they are so important to disabled people. On Saturday 14 July, the second Disability Pride Brighton will take place, followed two months later, on 16 September, by a Disability Pride celebration in Norwich. They follow Disability
Crime
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Four jailed over furniture scam that targeted disabled and older people

Four people have been jailed for their part in a criminal operation set up by a furniture company to target disabled and older people, many of whom were pressured for hours into buying substandard chairs and beds they did not want and did not need. Life Comfort Products Ltd in Peterborough employed “very aggressive and
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TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Backing for national demo on SEND cuts

Disabled trade unionists have unanimously backed calls for a national demonstration this autumn against cuts to support for disabled children and those with special educational needs. Janine Booth, co-chair of the TUC disabled workers’ committee, who proposed the emergency motion, said the government was making “brutal cuts” to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding.
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TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Backing for national demo on SEND cuts

Disabled trade unionists have unanimously backed calls for a national demonstration this autumn against cuts to support for disabled children and those with special educational needs. Janine Booth, co-chair of the TUC disabled workers’ committee, who proposed the emergency motion, said the government was making “brutal cuts” to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding.
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Disabled lawyers face widespread discrimination, say researchers

Disabled people in the legal profession are facing widespread discrimination, with outdated working practices and a failure to provide them with the support they need, according to early results from a ground-breaking piece of research. The initial findings of the Legally Disabled? research project show that disabled people seeking jobs or working in the legal
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Disabled people face ‘hidden crisis’ in accessible housing

Disabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and face a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes, according to a new report by the equality and human rights watchdog. More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties, says
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Motability calls police about disabled woman who failed to return car

A disabled woman who refused to return her Motability car after she lost her eligibility for disability benefits was threatened with arrest by police officers after the company reported the vehicle as stolen. Mary Jenkins* was approached by two police officers in the middle of a supermarket carpark on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday