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Campaigners have warned of a “triple-jeopardy” facing disabled people, after the government launched its plans for welfare reform. Iain Duncan Smith, the Conservative work and pensions secretary, pledged to fight poverty, simplify the benefits system and improve incentives to work. Announcing his determination to “build a fairer society” and stressing his “personal commitment to
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Leading campaigners have fiercely criticised the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), after new figures showed it has failed to make vital improvements to the number of disabled people who use its website and helplines. In October 2008, at the end of its first year, senior EHRC figures promised to take action to increase
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The recession has led to a huge increase in discrimination faced both by disabled people in work and those looking for jobs, according to a leading union activist. Diana Holland, an assistant general secretary of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, told the TUC’s annual disability conference that thousands of disabled people would lose jobs as
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A project to set up the first hate crime reporting centres in Wales has seen an immediate sharp increase in reports of offences against people with learning difficulties. Torfaen People First – which is run by people with learning difficulties – set up the reporting centres through a partnership with Gwent police, with Home
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The disability movement united this week to mourn the loss of David Morris, a hugely respected campaigner, artist and pioneer of the independent living movement, who died suddenly in the early hours of Monday. The UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) said his passing left a “major gap in our landscape”, while other leading activists
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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called in its manifesto for reform of the government’s new out-of-work disability benefit. In a manifesto with few disability policies but several around older people, the SNP said it would call for reform to the “hugely problematic” employment and support allowance. The manifesto said the SNP would also
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