John Pring's weekly disability news roundup. He really has outdone himself this week. Pls share
- The government faces new questions about its commitment to supporting disabled people, after the chancellor announced details of a new cap on benefits spending, and then failed to assess its likely impact on disabled people.
- The minister for disabled people has been criticised for pulling out of a key speech about her reforms and disability living allowance cuts to an audience of disabled people and other campaigners.
- The number of disabled people in “absolute” poverty rose by 100,000 during the coalition’s second year in office, according to new figures obtained by Disability News Service.
- Campaigners have raised concerns about crucial sections of a new government consultation on controversial changes that have tightened eligibility for the new mobility benefit.
- Fresh concerns have been raised over the government’s Work Programme after new figures showed that only a tiny proportion of disabled people have gained a job since the scheme launched two years ago.
- The award of a £184 million disability assessment contract to the controversial outsourcing company Atos Healthcare is to be referred to the National Audit Office.
- Members of the disability arts movement came together with anti-cuts activists this week to look for a way to boost the fight to save the Independent Living Fund from closure.
- A new project is bringing alive 100 years of disabled people’s education, through the voices of those who experienced it.
- The care watchdog has finally agreed to investigate how a nursing assistant accused of abusing disabled people could then work for a care agency, even though she should have been barred from all care work.
- The government’s advisers on law reform have proposed changes to legislation that could make it easier for prosecutors to bring disability hate crime charges to court.
- Young campaigners have met in parliament with representatives of the music industry to ask them to stop discriminating against disabled music fans.
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