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Relief after court rejects latest assisted suicide legal bid and highlights law change dangers

Legalising assisted suicide opens the door to risks and dangers driven by attitudes about disabled people and their lives.

Office for Disability Issues taking no action to halt closure of DPOs

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it was concerned about closures but failed to suggest any measures it was taking to address the concerns.

Thriving after depression: Why are scientists ignoring good outcomes?

In rare longitudinal studies that modeled the whole population, 40 to 60 percent of people who had depression once never experienced a recurrence, even after being questioned years and even decades later.

Research shows impact of ILF closure on London councils

More than 250 disabled Londoners with high support needs have lost some of their support since ILF’s closure.

Watchdog’s barrister calls for legal right to independent living

The barrister was asked by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year to examine if there needed to be a right to independent living in law for disabled people, because of concerns that their right to choice and control over their lives was being “eroded”.

Minister lauds £600,000 for rail access after separate £47M cuts

Seven “innovative, high-tech schemes” to improve access to rail travel for disabled passengers would share the £600,000 funding.

Three charts on: why rates of mental illness aren’t going down despite higher spending

Research shows there is unfairness in how Australia’s mental health care is delivered. Improving mental health will depend at least in part on fairer distribution.

Campaigner defeats third government department on accessible information

The judiciary is not bound by the Equality Act and it is extremely difficult to get respondents and defendants and specifically the legal profession to correspond in an accessible format.

DWP’s ‘fitness for work’ reviewer handed CBE after refusing to speak out on benefit deaths evidence

Concerns have continued to mount that DWP and its ministers took deliberate steps to cover up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.

People experiencing suicidal thoughts need the compassionate ear of a caring listener

A genuinely caring response from a person might be sufficient for the person who is having suicidal thoughts to reconsider.