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Transformative gift gives new lease of life to leading disability charity

Half a million pound donation provides essential new equipment and employment to people with disabilities. Leading disability charity, Enham Trust, has revealed the transformative effects a £500,000 donation has had on the disabled and disadvantaged people it supports. The generous donation, gifted to the charity by a philanthropist with links to Hampshire, has already provided essential new equipment for one ... Read More »

Scottish Government invests in Employability

  Disabled people looking to work will benefit from some £20 million of additional support from the Scottish Government, as it prepares to use new devolved powers from 1 April 2017. “New powers on employability are among the most exciting of the new areas to be devolved as it gives Scotland the chance to create something that works for unemployed ... Read More »

Ability, not disability, produces excellence at Industrial Services Group

Social responsibility is a key aspect of Industrial Services Group (ISG), a social enterprise run by Bradford Council.   Despite disabilities many employers would consider too significant for their own job roles, ISG, has found success in the PVC-U windows, composite door, curtain walling and festival light industries. The unique integration of people with disabilities into its operation allows the ... Read More »

“It is simply no longer possible to be disabled and a Tory”

Conservative disability activist Graeme Ellis was so enraged by last Wednesday’s budget that he immediately sabotaged the Conservative Disability Group website he ran, and resigned from the party. Now, he’s joining the Labour party. “Graeme Ellis is a 59 year old disability rights adviser from Lancaster, who has used a wheelchair for the past seven years because of diabetes-related nerve damage. “Ellis ... Read More »

Response from Contact a Family to government confirmation it is abandoning cuts to PIP

Contact a Family responds to government confirmation it is abandoning cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).   Yesterday the new Minister for Works and Pensions Stephen Crabb, confirmed that the government no longer plans to go ahead with changes to the Personal Independence Payment aids and appliances rules announced in the run-up to last week’s budget. This proposal would adversely ... Read More »

Sense welcomes Government U-turn on disability cuts

National deafblind charity responds to news that Government plans to halt reforms to Personal Independence Payment National deafblind charity, Sense, welcomes the news that the Government has listened to the concerns of parliamentarians and the public about the fairness of the Budget and the potential impact of Personal Independence Payment [PIP] cuts, by halting the progression of reforms to this ... Read More »

Blue Badge Company sees sales soar after Dragons’ Den

A Bristol company that is revolutionising the disability market by producing stylish but practical living aids has seen its sales soar by more than 70 per cent since appearing on Dragons’ Den. Blue Badge Company saw nearly £180,000-worth of sales in the second half of 2015, compared to just under £105,000 for the same period the previous year. The massive ... Read More »

Sense responds to the Spring Budget and the Chancellor’s endorsement of a “national funding formula” for schools

Charity calls for the Government to urgently address fairer funding for special needs in early years education settings Sense the national deafblind charity, yesterday responded to the Chancellor’s endorsement of a new National Funding Formula for early years, high needs and schools, within his Budget announcement. Sense welcomed the government’s commitment to developing a new single funding formula but expressed ... Read More »

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family, announced yesterday.    Una Summerson, head of policy at Contact a Family says: “There is little in today’s budget that will ease the financial pressures on low income families with a disabled child – many of whom will face significant cuts in income as Universal Credit is rolled out nationally. While ... Read More »

Bleak day for disabled people as Chancellor misses opportunity to invest in care and support

National deafblind charity, Sense, raises concerns over failure to commit to long-term investment in vital social care services. National deafblind charity Sense, is disappointed that that the Chancellor did not use The Budget as an opportunity to address the recent cuts to disabled people’s benefits or make an announcement on funding for social care. Cuts to ESA and reforms to ... Read More »

BBC News reports 14,000 disabled people lose Motability cars

BBC News disability correspondent, Nikki Fox, has unveiled the figures behind the results of the government’s welfare changes. Until recently, if you were receiving the highest rate of ‘mobility component’ of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (£57.45 per week) you were eligible for a vehicle through the Motability Scheme – the government-funded mobility allowance. The DLA saw applicants fill in their ... Read More »

National autism charity launches Employ Autism campaign

Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, has launched its Employ Autism campaign at its national employability event. Latest figures show that only 15 per cent of people with autism are in full-time paid employment. Many young people with autism have the ability and desire to work, but do not have the opportunities and ... Read More »