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Disabled people face hidden crisis in accessible housing

More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties.

Video catches McVey’s misleading claims about disability job stats

It is only under the “work-limiting disabled” definition that the number of disabled people in employment rose, from 2,839,000 to 2,885,000.

Homelessness: Australia’s shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

Recently published 2016 Census statistics showed a 14% increase in overall homelessness in Australia since 2011.

Report: Boards of biggest companies should appoint disability champions

Becoming “disability inclusive” as an employer opens up organisations to “a wider talent pool, different ways of doing things and a far broader customer base”. Employers should also promote disability issues to their suppliers, networks and audiences

There is extra funding for aged care in the budget, but...

The 14,000 home care places are additional to those built into prior budgets. And there is extra money ($1.6 billion over four years) allocated to fund them in this year’s budget. But it still won’t be enough to meet demand.

A year on from new taxi discrimination laws and not a...

The figures show that not one taxi-driver out of more than 30,000 so far covered by the new legislation has appeared in court, despite widespread reports of discrimination.

DWP figures on ‘unacceptable’ WCA reports cast doubt on decisions made...

DWP decision-makers are frequently deciding ESA claims based on “unacceptable” reports instead of sending them back to Maximus assessors to “rework”.

Suicides at record level among UK students

To help students in need, more personalised forms of support are required – that acknowledge past traumas and distressed states – to address key sources of stress.

An interest rate rise may put thousands at risk of mental...

Not only do we need comprehensive strategies for helping people cope with psychological difficulties directly, but it is important to recognise that mental health links to the economy.

Work early, work often: Importance of work and work-based experiences for...

The three-part campaign highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities.