Major questions have been raised over the government’s plans to support disabled people into work, after two long-awaited reports showed only about 1, 000 claimants of disability benefits found work through the scheme in its first year. The first Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) report shows that about 79 000 ESA claimants passed
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A coroner has been unable to say for certain how a member of Nepal’s Paralympic delegation came to be found hanging from a tree in the middle of the London 2012 athletes’ village. Man Bahadur Lopchan, a leading disabled activist in Nepal, was found on the edge of Victory Park in the early hours
The government is set to appoint a former Conservative party boss and MP to chair the social care and health watchdog. The Department of Health (DH) said today that David Prior was the government’s “preferred candidate” to chair the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following what it said was an “open and rigorous recruitment exercise”.
A new mobile phone app could be set to revolutionise the provision of assistance for disabled people across the transport travel, leisure and retail industries. The assist-Mi app is the brainchild of disabled entrepreneur Gary McFarlane, who describes it as “the first real-time mobility assistance app”. The product has already struck a chord with
A disabled air passenger has won permission to take an airline to the supreme court, to fight a legal ruling that leaves disabled travellers with no protection from in-flight discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is backing the case of Christopher Stott, who lost his claim for damages against Thomas Cook earlier
Three members of ParalympicsGB’s high-performing London 2012 team have been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award. Wheelchair athlete David Weir swimmer Ellie Simmonds and cyclist Sarah Storey have all made the 12-strong list, which was filled with Paralympic and Olympic gold-medallists, and included only one sports star –
Leading disability rights figures have warned that key parts of the country’s equality legislation are under threat from the government, after the prime minister announced that he was “calling time on equality impact assessments”. In a speech to business leaders at the CBI’s annual conference this week, David Cameron said the country was “in
The third annual review of the government’s “fitness for work” assessment process has received a cool response from disabled activists. The report was the third carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington – and his last before being replaced – and concluded that there had been “real progress” towards making the work capability assessment (WCA)
A new report by a committee of MPs has added weight to concerns that hundreds of thousands of disabled people could find themselves driven “over the edge” by one of the government’s key welfare reforms. The concerns were raised last month by Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, who led an inquiry by Disability Rights UK, Citizens
The government has announced a series of new measures it hopes will reverse the slump in the number of disabled people benefiting from its Access to Work employment support scheme. Esther McVey, the new Conservative minister for disabled people, said the measures would expand the programme and make it easier to apply for funding.