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Actor Alun Armstrong branded a disability benefit only given to people unable to walk more than 20 metres a "cost-cutting exercise", as he joined a protest against the rule.People with multiple sclerosis (MS) and activists chained themselves to model brick houses opposite Parliament to protest against the Government's "arbitrary" 20-metre…
Myths about physical activity being harmful for disabled people should be dispelled, according to a report. Disabled adults are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled adults, with potentially around 3.5 million disabled adults at greater risk of poor health due to inactivity, Public Health England said. The review…
A project to reduce social isolation and increase independence among young wheelchair users has been launched by the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon met youngsters at an event run by charity Whizz-Kidz, which aims to use youth clubs, residential camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to build the aspirations of…
Disability benefit assessments in Scotland will be more flexible than the current system and carried out in-house by the new national social security agency, the Scottish Government has announced. Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville announced in a parliamentary statement that assessments will be carried out at a time and location…
A mum from Neath who went on a course to learn how to cope with chronic pain is now helping others - by becoming a tutor on the very same course. Angela Funning (pictured) spent three years in a wheelchair because of fibromyalgia and hypermobility. She said: "I was in…
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing soaring care costs, with many unable to pay for the care they need, a charity has warned. The MS Society has estimated that people with the condition will be forced to shell out more than £110,000 over 25 years for care. Many patients…
The decision not to make a drug which slows the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) available on the NHS is "deeply disappointing", a charity has said as it launched a petition against the move. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) announced on Monday that it was not…
The parents of a 10-year-old boy who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen during birth have agreed a damages package approaching £10 million with hospital bosses, a High Court judge has been told. Mr Justice Lavender approved a settlement between the…
A charity has warned a decline in the number of public toilets across Scotland risks discriminating against disabled people. Disability Equality Scotland said a lack of available facilities can discourage those with a disability from leaving their homes because they are worried about how they will cope. The organisation has…
Most employers are failing to collect information on how many disabled or ethnic minority workers they employ, which is putting their careers at risk, according to a new report. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) called for mandatory reporting on staff recruitment, retention and promotion by ethnicity and disability,…
Disability charity Scope has criticised the decision to cast an able-bodied actor as Joseph Merrick in the upcoming BBC adaptation of The Elephant Man. Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton (pictured) will play the severely disfigured 19th Century figure in the programme, which is is due to be screened next year.…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
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