Human Rights & Disability Issues

News and opinion on human rights for people with disability.

Invisible disabilities: Looking beyond labels – A round-up

Invisible disabilities:: Something like 96% of disabilities are not physical and yet there is little understanding of what a non‑visible disability is and how to support someone who has one.

Tens of thousands in debt to local councils over social care...

Nearly 1,200 people in just two years were taken to court for non-payment of these debts. More than 78,000 people have had debt management procedures started against them by their local authority over social care debts.

Memorial and procession will highlight need for reform after brutal murder

Honouring Kamil: Disability and Migration is part of the Bristol Refugee Festival 2018 and will begin with the installation of a memorial to Kamil and other disabled asylum-seekers and refugees who have been failed by the system.

Protest planned over rail company’s ‘terrible step backwards’ on access

Disabled activists are preparing a protest action over a train operator’s plans to run mainline rail services that wheelchair-users will not be able to access.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Project Diamond’s flaws lead to boycott

The flaws in Project Diamond meant disabled people were “still likely to be denied access to work” and the ability to “change public perception in a positive way”.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: UN convention ‘must become part of UK...

We need solidarity from non-disabled people, unions, workplaces, friends and families and to say our rights are equal to yours, they are just as important, we are not some unworthy group of people.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: ‘Discriminatory train firm should be stripped of...

A company that would treat disabled passengers with such contempt was not worth having as a franchise delivering public transport in this country.

Watchdog forces 13 CCGs to back down over NHS institution threat

EHRC will examine the new policies to ensure they are lawful and adequately consider equality and human rights implications for their patients.

Rail company to run services with no wheelchair spaces

From July, TransPennine Express (TPE) is to introduce two extra trains, each with four carriages, all of which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Government ‘has created hostile environment for disabled...

We see disabled people being treated with suspicion, disrespect, being denied basic rights and even being driven to suicide.