Independent Living
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DRILL funding paves the way for personal budget co-operatives

Five user-led organisations have secured £150,000 for a research project that will set up what it is believed will be the UK’s first cooperatives for disabled people who receive care funding through personal budgets. The project, led by Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, aims to work with disabled people who receive personal care or personal
Benefits and Poverty
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Watchdog orders DWP to publish secret reports on Atos and Capita PIP failings

The information commissioner has ordered the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release documents that are likely to expose the widespread failings of two of its disability benefit assessment contractors. DWP has been attempting to prevent the documents being released since receiving a Freedom of Information Act request from campaigner John Slater in December
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Friends pay tribute to tenacity, wit and wisdom of Sir Bert Massie

Disabled campaigners, MPs and peers have come together to celebrate the “wise counsel, charm and achievements” of the “remarkable” Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who died in October. The memorial event in the House of Lords heard from a string of disabled friends and
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Friends pay tribute to tenacity, wit and wisdom of Sir Bert Massie

Disabled campaigners, MPs and peers have come together to celebrate the “wise counsel, charm and achievements” of the “remarkable” Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) throughout its seven years, who died in October. The memorial event in the House of Lords heard from a string of disabled friends and
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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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Arts, Culture and Sport
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New year’s honours recognise campaigners, inventor and Paralympians

Disability rights campaigners, an inventor and a Paralympic athlete are among the disabled people recognised in the latest new year’s honours list. Among the 1,123 people who have received an award, five per cent – about 60 – consider themselves to be disabled people. Among recipients of a CBE – for services to sport and
Crime
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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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Newton dodges questions on government’s disability record by pulling out of meeting

The minister for disabled people pulled out of a meeting with MPs, peers and disabled campaigners, days after agreeing to be questioned about her government’s disability employment strategy. Sarah Newton had promised to attend this week’s meeting of the all-party parliamentary group for disability (APPGD) to discuss Improving Lives, her government’s new work, health and
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Review calls for more inclusive approach to ‘shared space’ schemes

A disabled peer has welcomed a new industry review of so-called “shared space” street designs, which has concluded that local authorities should adopt a more “inclusive approach” to them. The report by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) looked at 11 shared space developments across England, but found evidence that only one of
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