Independent Living

News and opinion on independent living for people with disability. This includes education, employment, housing and more.

TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference: Backing for national demo on SEND cuts

The government was making “brutal cuts” to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding. The cuts would have a “significant adverse effect” on the education and job prospects of disabled children.

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.

DWP ‘has no record’ of whether it showed WCA death documents...

The suspicion will 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.

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.

Government continues to fail the blindness and low vision community

The release of the Audio Description Working Group report this week by the Department of Communications and the Arts illustrates the Australian Government’s clear inability to provide services for the blindness and low vision community.

Motability faces calls to increase grants or cut prices

The level of reserves held by Motability Operations – at £2.4 billion – is “out of proportion to the risks it faces” and it calls on the company to cut its prices or make “very substantially higher charitable donations”.

Equality watchdog considering legal action over rail service

Transport service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that everyone is able to use those services.

Disabled students forced to choose between food and equipment

Thousands of disabled students are being forced to choose between having food to eat or having the equipment they need to study, because a new government rule means they must pay £200 towards the cost of computers they need for disability-related reasons.