disability

Hammond’s comments show the Tories haven’t changed

Lizzy Dobres  |  7 December 2017

The chancellor is as factually wrong as he is insensitive, argues Lizzy Dobres

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‘Nothing about us without us’

Emily Brothers  |  7 July 2017

The 2017 general election saw a step forward for disabled representation in parliament – but there is still a great deal of work to be done, writes Emily Brothers It is great to see Labour’s representation of disabled people rise from one to three and across the House of Commons from three to six at the …

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Access is a social justice issue

Mark Cooper  |  4 January 2017

Providing equal access to Britain’s rail network is about more than just toilet facilities, argues Mark Cooper The widely reported experience of Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, who had to urinate herself after not having an accessible toilet on a train, is for me as a disabled person a sad but familiar tale. I myself have had …

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Why was the budget so unpopular?

Reema Patel  |  21 March 2016

The resignation of Iain Duncan Smith from the work and pensions brief followed national media coverage of a very poorly received budget, reflected in YouGov polling, and seeing the Conservatives slip behind Labour for the first time in months. What is interesting is that not only was this budget unpopular, it was, according to the …

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Equal worth

Reema Patel  |  26 January 2016

The Conservative government is proud of pointing to its track record on disability; it was in power when it legislated for the Disability Discrimination Act, under pressure from a Labour opposition. But it is far too easy to pass legislation without tackling discrimination itself or understanding its root causes. Labour in government witnessed the introduction …

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Time for a change in public perception of disabled people

Debbie Abrahams MP  |  8 December 2015

This year’s United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities is about inclusion, access and empowerment for people of all abilities. And, 20 years on from the Disability Discrimination Act, I believe that it is crucial that we reflect on what changes and progress has been made. We also need to listen to disabled people, …

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The struggle continues

Roger Berry  |  9 November 2015

Many of us have just celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. Not because it was a great piece of legislation – it wasn’t. But it was a major achievement for disabled people in the long campaign for equal rights. The disability charity Scope has been celebrating the disabled civil rights campaigners without …

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Minding the gap

Sarah Hayward  |  21 September 2015

In Camden we have a long tradition of leadership when it comes to both transparency and promoting equality. The next step on our journey to eradicate inequality comes next month when we will publish our pay gap analysis. We always strive to go the extra mile so we will not just be publishing our pay …

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Make Me Houseproud

Mark Cooper  |  20 July 2015

There has been a lot of recent discussion about affordable housing, including proposals to extend the right to buy scheme. As a council tenant who lives in an adapted flat, I cannot buy it because there are so few adapted flats that disabled people are often exempt from this right. In a previous article on …

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New ‘fit for work’ contract will not be fit for purpose

Sheila Gilmore  |  29 October 2014

Today the government announced that American firm Maximus have been awarded the contract to carry out medical assessments to determine whether people who claim they are unable to work due to ill health or disability should be entitled to benefits. When this work was first outsourced to the French firm Atos Healthcare in 1998, this …

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