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Gardening open day supports disabled people to find work

Shaw Trust Enterprises – Hampshire, a unique county-wide gardening service based in Basingstoke and Portsmouth, hosted a gardening open day on Saturday 7 June at its Basingstoke site. The open day was held from 10am to 1pm, offering people from Basingstoke and beyond the chance to purchase seasonal plants, herbs, and vegetables. Read More »

Perthshire jobseekers get ready for work

John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, officially launched a new horticultural project at Westbank Plant Nursery called Westbank Enterprises on Friday 23 May. The launch event was held in celebration of a new partnership between national employment, learning and skills charity, Shaw Trust, and Perth & Kinross Council. Read More »

BBC News appoints Disability Correspondent

BBC News has today announced the appointment of Nikki Fox to the new role of Disability Correspondent.   Nikki Fox is a Sony award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has made a number of documentaries for Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, including ‘Beyond Disability: The Adventures of a Blue Badger’ and ‘Disabled and Desperate to Work’.  She also regularly appears ... Read More »

Charity urges rethink of official back to work schemes

A leading disability charity is calling for a “radical rethink” of government programmes aimed at helping disabled people find paid work.  Disability Rights UK, which campaigns for disabled peoples’ rights, says the current support programmes are “failing” people with disabilities. Read More »

Remploy to sell or close remaining factories in Wales

The last two Remploy factories in Wales are set to disappear within weeks.  The company has announced the closure of its Baglan furniture site near Port Talbot which has 54 disabled employees. Read More »


Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has announced it has created over 100 new jobs to boost patient care and support in the community.  A national recruitment campaign for the new posts which include nurses, therapists and health care assistants, has started in order to fill the positions ahead of the winter. Read More »

The problems with work assessments run deeper than Atos

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that it will be contracting new providers to carry out work capability assessments(WCAs) alongside Atos Healthcare, after a recent review found assessments to be “of unacceptably poor quality”. Read More »

Nine Remploy factory closures announced

The five remaining Remploy factories in Scotland are to close, the UK government has announced.  The businesses affected are the Marine and Frontline Textile factories at Leven, Cowdenbeath, Stirling, Dundee and Clydebank. Read More »

Fitness-for-work tests unfair on people with mental health problems, court says

The fitness-for-work test used to determine whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible to claim sickness benefits substantially disadvantages people with mental health conditions, a court has said, in a landmark ruling hailed as a significant victory by mental health charities. Read More »