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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”.

DWP’s ‘fitness for work’ reviewer handed CBE after refusing to speak...

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.

Minister for disabled people caught misleading MPs on cuts to support

It was the second time in five months that Sarah Newton has misled MPs in a House of Commons debate about the support provided to disabled people.

Ground-breaking co-production report ‘creates blueprint for national change’

The council was putting into practice one of the key principles of the disabled people’s rights movement: Nothing About Us Without Us.

Government’s social care funding failure is terrible news for disabled people

The government will not address the social care funding crisis until the end of next year, despite announcing billions of pounds a year extra for the NHS.

Landmark court ruling over leisure club’s inaccessible swimming pool

The case could help other disabled people in accommodation with leisure facilities that are managed by a management company or housing association.

Call for national research as fears grow over loss of DPOs

Urgent need for research into the hidden issue of disabled people’s organisations across the country that are being forced to close because of funding problems.

DWP in disarray as fresh legal defeat could mean fourth trawl...

Universal credit is not working. It’s not working for [disabled people], it’s not working for parents, it’s not working for low-income and part-time employees and it’s not working for the self-employed.

Young woman evicted from care home while critically ill in hospital

Her case highlights once again the drastic shortage of accessible housing across the country. Disabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and faced a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes.

Mental Health: Not just a place to live – From homelessness...

Helping the most marginalized people in society feel comfortable in a new and alien environment, where they were isolated from their peers, required a different approach that went beyond finding them a place to live.