UK

Covering the latest disability news and discussion in the UK or affecting people living in the UK.

Relief after court rejects latest assisted suicide legal bid and highlights...

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

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”.

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”.

Coach company’s wheelchair policy puts drivers at risk of criminal record

A coach company is ignoring access laws by refusing to allow wheelchair-users to travel on its services on the same day they buy tickets, while exposing its drivers to possible criminal charges.

Research: Disabled lawyers face widespread discrimination

The profession is “generally poorly equipped” to make the reasonable adjustments that are needed for disabled candidates who apply for a training contract or pupillage (an apprenticeship to a barrister).

DPAC’s protest is fresh call for action to disabled people

Disabled activists are hoping their latest protest in the heart of Westminster will empower other disabled people to follow their lead and fight the government’s social security cuts and reforms.

Minister suggests ‘realities of the world’ mean government will not halt...

The justice minister responsible for human rights appears to have dismissed calls for the government to do more to protect the social and economic rights of disabled people and other groups.

Extraordinary government response to question over social care progress

The government has failed to set up a single committee involving experts from outside the two departments examining the future of working-age social care, nearly four months after the programme of work was announced.

League table would help government departments improve on assistive technology

There is a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding of what mainstream technology can actually do for disabled people.

Mystery over fall in disability benefits paid to older people in...

"Astonishing" figures released by the government show that the number of older disabled people receiving benefits to help with their daily living costs has plummeted since 2011.