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Coventry college is part of parliamentary advisory group

Hereward College in Coventry is one of the founding members of a newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology and will be at the forefront of changes in policy in this area. APPGs are an informal group of members of both Houses of Parliament who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest.  Members of the ... Read More »

Too Little, Too Late: Hft’s statement on the Spring Budget 2017

Hft is disappointed at plans unveiled in Philip Hammond’s “final” Spring Budget. Despite recent comments in the media suggesting that the Chancellor would offer a decisive solution to the ongoing social care funding crisis, we were frustrated to instead see more government procrastination on this important issue. In his Spring Budget, the Chancellor pledged an additional £2billion of funding for ... Read More »

“A good start for social care but long-term strategy still needed”, Sense respond

National disability charity, Sense, responds to Government investment in social care announced in Spring Budget Following today’s Spring Budget [8 March], national disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Government plans to ease the current financial pressures facing social care by delivering £2billion over the next three years, alongside a new green paper focusing on the future of ... Read More »

Budget 2017: Reaction

by Rob May, director at YMCA Awards The Chancellor’s spring budget includes a glaring oversight according to Rob May, the director of the international qualifications awarding body, YMCA Awards. May explains: “The pledge to pump £500-million into the introduction of new so-called ‘T-Levels’ – technical qualifications, as an alternative to A-Levels for 16-19 year olds means that classroom-based vocational education ... Read More »

Mencap response to Budget 2017

Extra £2bn announced in the Budget for social care is not enough to meet needs of disabled people – Mencap response to Budget 2017 Chancellor fails to take final opportunity to reverse damaging cuts to disability benefits coming in in April Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced the Budget, offering £2bn towards social care over the next ... Read More »

Deputy First Minister visits Royal Blind School

The Royal Blind School played host to the Deputy First Minister on Wednesday 22 February. John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, was invited to the Royal Blind School to see how it delivers education and care to young people with visual impairment, including some with complex needs. The school is run by national ... Read More »

Almost 30,000 call on Government to close autism employment gap

29,090 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to take decisive action to double the number of autistic people in work by 2020. The petition was delivered on 21 February to Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, by Cheryl Gillan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and a number of ... Read More »

Have your say in plans to change parliamentary constituencies

Have your say – see what others said about plans to change parliamentary constituencies and tell the Boundary Commission for England what you think! The Boundary Commission for England needs your help once again as it begins the next step of its 2018 Boundary Review – the second consultation. Parliament has asked the Commission, an independent and impartial public organisation, ... Read More »

Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Leading disability charity responds to social care precept announcement

Responding to reports in the media that the government intends to allow local councils to raise council tax by 6% over two years, Leonard Cheshire Disability CEO Neil Heslop, said: “We are pleased that the government has acknowledged the severe strain that social care is under. Giving local councils more flexibility to raise revenue locally is a step in the ... Read More »

Petition to protect vulnerable lives presented to government

Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, has presented a petition to the Government calling for an increase in funding for adult social care. More than 3,850 people have signed the petition which was launched in response to the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), as part of Hft’s It Doesn’t Add Up campaign, to raise awareness ... Read More »

Enham Trust comments following the Autumn Statement 2016

Disability charity, Enham Trust, comments following the Autumn Statement 2016. “We appreciate the difficult financial position of the chancellor and his efforts to provide an efficient National Health Service and effective social care and we recognise that however much money he finds, there will always be demands for more. However we are disappointed that this Autumn Statement offered no additional ... Read More »