This weeks news roundup from the tireless John Pring. The first story is particularly good ;)
- The minister for disabled people and London’s mayor faced repeated, angry heckling from activists when they addressed a conference held to discuss disability issues in the capital.
- Disabled people have reacted angrily after they were told they will no longer be able to drive vehicles worth over £25,000 through the Motability car scheme.
- Comedian Ricky Gervais has sparked a storm of protest from disabled people and other campaigners after repeatedly using an offensive and disablist word in messages on the social media network Twitter.
- There has been a “significant increase” in the number of negative stories about disabled people in national newspapers over the last six years, according to new research.
- The announcement of a long-awaited strategy for promoting independent living in Wales has been welcomed by disabled campaigners.
- Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people has accused the government of “talking up” the issue of disability benefit fraud as it attempts to push through its sweeping welfare reforms.
- A disability charity’s decision to close down a national advice organisation, just two years after they merged, has provoked anger among disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).
- The UK’s leading disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has raised serious concerns over the new name chosen by a trio of national disability charities that are set to merge.
- More than 100 disabled people have raised campaigning issues around disability rights and equality in face-to-face meetings with their local MP, thanks to a scheme that aims to build relationships between politicians and their disabled constituents.
- A disabled MP is attempting to introduce new legislation that would extend free travel concessions in England to disabled people who use community transport services.
- Campaigners have highlighted the dangers of controversial “shared space” street developments by blocking buses outside a railway station, as part of an international day of action.
- A disabled people’s organisation has secured £300,000 of National Lottery funding to support disabled young people into volunteer placements.
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