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The Government is failing to meet its commitment to put disabled people at the heart of its aid programme, a watchdog has warned. Ministers pledged to make disability inclusion in developing countries central in work to help the world's poorest, but there is still a "considerable distance" to go, the…
The closure of scores of public toilets across Britain has caused social isolation for some elderly and disabled people, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign for local governments to provide accessible public facilities "catering for a broad range of needs". Cash-strapped councils…
Disabled people are being trapped inside their homes because of a "chronic" shortage of suitable housing, a new report warns.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said 365,000 disabled people have reported that their homes are not suitable for their needs.The Government was urged to take action to make all new…
Two severely disabled men have begun a High Court challenge against the Government's controversial Universal Credit benefits scheme, which they say has left them unable to meet many of their basic needs. Their lawyer told a judge in London on Tuesday that a "significant" drop in monthly income was having…
Pregnant women in Wales will be the first in the UK to be offered a safer and more accurate test for Down's syndrome, according to the Welsh Government. The new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), which it is anticipated will save one to two babies from miscarriage each year in the…
The purpose of this Evidence Review is to examine the latest practice, policy and evidence, bringing together social work in the 21st century, and reforms to support families with disabled children and young people. The authors are experts, from a range of backgrounds and professions, who share a passion and…
MPs and campaigners have urged the Government to go further in reforming benefits for disabled people after ministers published their response to a major review. The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to make recording assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) a standard part of the process. This is…
The families of two disabled men severely injured at a care home said a report into how authorities handled the cases has confirmed fears they have been raising for three years - but they are still seeking answers. Martyn Lewis and Mark Bates said they felt "utterly failed and let…
An official report has been unable to rule out a cover-up in the case of two disabled men who were severely injured at a care home which is now the subject of a police probe. Hospital staff raised concerns Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis, residents of Beech Lodge care home…
The UK is to plough £20 million towards an ambitious plan to rid the Commonwealth of the leading cause of preventable blindness over the next two years, officials have announced. The Department for International Development said that it is hoped the money will help eliminate trachoma - a bacterial eye…
MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into benefit sanctions amid warnings of troubling cases and extreme harm being caused to disabled people. The Work and Pensions select committee will analyse the whole system where benefit payments are docked for a set period of time. The committee will also analyse the…
Children who have lost one or both of their legs may be able to get hold of the latest running blades through a Government scheme. The Department of Health and Social Care announced that it would extend a funding pot to provide sports prosthetics for children with limb loss. It…
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