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Universal Credit could have potentially "disastrous" consequences for disabled people, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee called on the Government to take urgent action to avoid vulnerable people being forced into "miserable hardship".It accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of making a…
The Government has admitted that more than 4,500 disabled people were wrongly stripped of benefits despite having "good reasons" for missing assessments.Work and pensions minister Sarah Newton revealed they will now receive back payments after a review by her department.It comes just over a year after a court ruling in…
Revised abortion statistics show a 50% increase in abortion for Down's syndrome over the last 10 years - with projections it is set to rise further, a campaign group has warned.The new figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care show there were 655 abortions for Down's syndrome…
The boss of a taxpayer-supported business that supplies cars to people with disabilities is to step down by May 2020 following controversy over his pay package.Motability Operations chief executive Mike Betts (pictured) was in line for a £2.2 million bonus, the Government spending watchdog said.An inquiry into Motability by the…
The boss of a taxpayer-supported business that supplies cars to disabled people is in line for a £2.2 million bonus, the Government spending watchdog has revealed.An inquiry into Motability by the National Audit Office (NAO) also found that customers were charged £390 million "more than was required" since 2008.The scheme,…
Jeremy Corbyn triggered fury on the Tory benches as he accused them of labelling disabled people "scroungers" and creating a "hostile environment" for people on benefits.Prime Minister Theresa May could be seen saying "outrageous" while her Conservative colleagues shouted "Withdraw" at the Labour leader as he criticised the Government's treatment…
Radio station LBC has been warned that it could face sanctions if it continues to breach broadcasting regulations with "offensive content".Watchdog Ofcom found that Steve Allen's early-morning show broke broadcasting rules with "potentially highly offensive" comments about blind people.The DJ was talking about a blind man who is scared of…
The Government is being urged to make firms publish their disability pay gaps after new research suggested the difference with other workers has hit more than £2,800 a year.The TUC said disabled workers were earning on average 15% less than other employees, rising to 29% for those with mental illnesses…
Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have increased by 45% in the past 12 months, figures show.Some 4,246 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2017/18 compared with 2,921 in the previous year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).The latest total is the highest since records began…
Examples of potential hate crimes are highlighted in a new national campaign to increase awareness about the "sickening" offending. The initiative aims to make clear that directing abuse at someone because of their religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability is a criminal offence. Films and posters depicting fictional…
Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Purkiss has criticised managers at Barking and Dagenham Council (pictured) for their failure to monitor the care the teenager…
An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after revealing an estimated 180,000 recipients are due arrears…
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