disability

  • 3 Dec 2012

    Today (3 December) is the 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The main theme of IDPD 2012 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”.

  • 1 Dec 2012

    After online and in-person pressure, the Scottish Government has announced regulations to ensure that carers are not charged for support services.

  • 28 Nov 2012

    Today (28 November 2012) MSPs in the Scottish Parliament are debating the Social Care Scotland Bill that will determine the support offered to unpaid carers for those with debilitating illnesses or disabilities.

  • 19 Nov 2012

    Today (19 November 2012) at 12.30pm the latest phase of a big online campaign to raise awareness about the injustices wrought by the flawed Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which is being used to block vitally needed benefits for many sick and disabled people, becomes visible.

  • 18 Nov 2012

    After a walk through “the little world of poverty enclosed within the workhouse walls”, Charles Dickens concluded that “We have come to this absurd, this dangerous, this monstrous pass, that the dishonest felon is, in respect of cleanliness, order, diet, and accommodation, better provided for, and taken care of, than the honest pauper.”

  • 16 Nov 2012

    Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry and political activist and media personality Sally Bercow are backing a major social media disability campaign.

  • 14 Nov 2012

    The former UK minister for employment Chris Grayling was adamant that he was "unreservedly and implacably opposed to a real world test" when it comes to assessing people with disabilities and serious illnesses in terms of their fitness for work and eligibility for benefits. That position remains unchanged.

  • 13 Nov 2012

    Since the Work Capability Assessment fit-for-work test (which in large part determines eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance) was introduced in October 2008, more than 400,000 people with serious illnesses and profound disabilities have appealed against the decision to strip them of state support.

  • 12 Nov 2012

    As we report elsewhere today (12 November 2012), the WeAreSpartacus network of disabled people have today published a detailed and compelling 70-page People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment, which has taken some months of hard work under difficult circumstances to research and compile.

  • 12 Nov 2012

    The 'We are Spartacus' (http://wearespartacus.org.uk/) network promoting disabled people's views on welfare reform, is launching a major campaign today (Monday 12 November 2012), and aims to make a big social media splash from 8am onwards.