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DWP is failing ‘vulnerable’ claimants of universal credit, says watchdog

Links between DWP’s social security cuts and reforms and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants seen as vulnerable by the department should be looked into.

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.

TransPennine performs sharp U-turn on train access after protest threat

TPE said in a statement that, following discussions with the Department for Transport and Rail North Partnership, it had decided not to introduce any Mark Three trains (without any provision for wheelchair-users) into passenger service.

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).

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.

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.

Disability Pride events ‘allow disabled people to celebrate who they are’

It is essential that disabled people can have pride in who they are and that disability discrimination awareness continues to be raised.

DWP silence over new PIP backdating call

People with long-term health conditions have been wrongly deprived of the personal independence payment (PIP) they were entitled to.