The latest from the tireless John Pring
- Tens of thousands of disabled people who have found it impossible to break into the jobs market could secure guaranteed jobs, if Labour wins power at the next election.
- The attorney-general’s office is refusing to explain why it failed to ask an appeal court to treat the killing of a disabled, gay teenager as a disability hate crime.
- Five of the big disability charities have been forced to defend a new report that claims to prove that investing in the services they provide could save the government millions of pounds.
- The public bodies responsible for the six-year delay in securing justice for disabled people abused at a Doncaster day centre could soon be facing two separate investigations.
- A Labour MP is facing criticism after refusing to comment publicly on a major scandal involving the abuse of disabled adults in her own constituency.
- The government has made it easier – at least in the short term – for disabled benefit claimants to insist that their “fitness for work” test is recorded, but it appears to have taken weeks to admit the rule change.
- The five main political groupings in the European Parliament have signed an agreement committing their members to do more to protect disabled people across Europe from the effects of the economic crisis.
- A transport minister has admitted his department should have done more to consider the impact on tens of thousands of disabled people who are set to lose their right to use the Motability car scheme.
- The government should consider new laws to force all bus companies to introduce audio-visual announcements on their vehicles if they do not bring them in voluntarily, according to the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner.