Disabled campaigners have criticised the chancellor’s failure to provide any money in the budget to solve the social care funding crisis, despite a warning from the UN. Although Philip Hammond announced some extra funding for the NHS, there was no mention of social care in his budget speech, or in the main budget report.
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Disabled activists who carried out a direct action protest in the heart of parliament have been shortlisted for a prestigious human rights award. The human rights organisation Liberty has named Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) as one of just three nominees for its new Courageous Voices award, which recognises activists who have taken “bold
The Liberal Democrats’ shadow health secretary has called on the Conservatives and Labour to work on a cross-party basis to find a solution to the growing social care funding crisis. Norman Lamb said that politicians needed to accept that none of the parties had come up with a “sustainable solution”. Lamb, who was speaking
Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for disabled people themselves to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis. John McDonnell was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) as activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were protesting about cuts to social care, in parliament’s central lobby yesterday (Wednesday).
Disabled activists have reacted with a mixture of anger, resignation and optimism to a general election that saw the Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority. Some believe that a resurgent Labour party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, which defied mainstream media opposition and polling predictions to increase its number of MPs by 30, will
Labour has pledged to “transform” the social security system and to set out a bill to repeal cuts to disabled people’s benefits within a year, in one of the headline measures of a mini-manifesto devoted solely to disability issues. The document, Nothing About You, Without You, was launched last weekend in Manchester, and expands
Labour’s relationship with the disability movement has suffered another blow after the party invited a disabled people’s organisation to speak at a major consultation launch, and then withdrew the invitation after discovering what it was planning to speak about. The party’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams (pictured), had asked Greater Manchester Coalition
One of Labour’s most prominent disabled politicians has called on her own party to demonstrate its intent to hold the government to account by appointing a shadow disability minister. Labour admitted last week that it had still not appointed a shadow minister for disabled people, nearly three weeks after party leader Jeremy Corbyn completed
Labour has admitted that it has still not appointed a shadow minister for disabled people, nearly three weeks after party leader Jeremy Corbyn completed a reshuffle of his top parliamentary team. There has now not been a Labour shadow minister to hold the government to account on disability issues since the promotion of Debbie
Disabled party members have given overwhelming backing to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party. Corbyn was elected with 62 per cent of the vote, in a result announced on the first day of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, easily beating former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith. Nearly