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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 »

Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

She calls it: “Heartbreaking, truly astonishing, I’ve never seen anything like this.” Emma Cross is a senior Macmillan Cancer Support benefits adviser, and she says delays in Iain Duncan Smith’s new personal independence payments (PIP) leave the sick utterly destitute. “Does anyone know how many people are struggling?” Read More »

Dying Government scientist judged fit to work by Atos

Increasingly disliked Atos assessors judged a dying Government scientist fit to work even though his doctors were pushing him to have a heart transplant. Before his death, Robert Barlow, 47, could barely read or walk and had given him just 18 months to live. Read More »

Benefit claim assessments take ‘double time’, says Capita

The head of a company assessing people in Wales for a new disability payment has admitted they are taking “significantly longer” than predicted.  It comes after claims people in Wales with serious conditions like cancer are waiting too long to be assessed. Read More »

Without the Independent Living Fund, it’s a bad time to be disabled

It doesn’t feel like a great time to be disabled. We’ve seen huge changes in a wide range of provision, from benefits to social care. Earlier this month the government confirmed the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which was set up to support severely disabled people to live independently (yes, the clue is in the title). Read More »

Fit-to-work tests: Atos quits contract

Atos is to quit its contract to assess whether benefits claimants are fit to work, the government has announced.  It follows government criticism over “significant quality failures”.  Disabilities Minister Mike Penning said a new company would be appointed in early 2015, and Atos would not receive “a single penny of compensation”. Read More »