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The majority of deaf and disabled people have experienced problems and largely feel discriminated against when trying to book tickets to live music events, according to a new report. The difficulties were highlighted by charity Attitude is Everything as it announced a new coalition to tackle the issue. The charity,…
Twitter has updated the wording of its rules to make the reporting of hateful comments against disabled people easier following a campaign by a disability charity. Muscular Dystrophy UK had called for the social media site to change its abusive tweet reporting page, claiming the lack of a clear option…
Two of Scotland’s leading disability charities are joining together in a move they say will protect and grow frontline social care services across Scotland. ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland have launched an innovative Group structure, thought to be the first of its kind in the charity sector in Scotland, in…
Discretionary welfare payments are being "hacked away", a senior MP has claimed, after new figures showed more than £300 million has been axed from two major benefits funds. Fresh analysis shows the scale of cutbacks to the discretionary social fund and flexible support fund, which can be awarded to poor…
The Government is spending more than £700,000 reassessing people with the most severe cases of Parkinson's for disability benefits, even though they will never get any better, campaigners have claimed. Charity Parkinson's UK said the figures showed the assessments process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) "is rigging the game against…
Wheelchair and prosthetic limb provision is worse in Northern Ireland than other parts of the UK, according to Troubles victims. The warning comes as some of those most seriously hurt in atrocities during the 30-year conflict demand action. Paul Gallagher, who has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot…
Tens of thousands of ill or disabled people were underpaid benefits by an average of around £5,000, the public spending watchdog has found. An estimated 70,000 claimants transferred to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from other benefits since 2011 were underpaid - some by up to £20,000 - the National…
Hundreds of disabled people are set to benefit from a £15,000 boost to a cap on funding provided through a flagship scheme to help people into work. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has announced a £57,200 limit on funding awarded through Access to Work, a 36% rise on the…
Disabled people at risk of losing their voice are now required to be provided with specialist communications equipment on the NHS. The legal duty, which was secured by the late motor neurone disease campaigner Gordon Aikman (pictured), has come into force. As a result, health boards should provide patients who…
Many children "will be condemned to start life in poverty" as a result of Government changes to taxes and social security, a major new report has warned. Watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found women, ethnic minorities and disabled people would all be adversely affected as a result…
Disability benefit claimants are now winning record levels of appeals against the Department for Work and Pensions, new figures show. Assessments for both Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) have been branded "a total failure" and "not fit for purpose" in the wake of the Government…
The Government has pledged to improve bus access for wheelchair users following a Supreme Court ruling. New measures to ensure wheelchair users can travel in spaces set aside for them on buses will be introduced, the Department for Transport said. The announcement comes after disability activist Doug Paulley won a…
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