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Mencap highlights Autumn statement on employment

Universal Credit taper rate does nothing to mitigate cuts to Employment and Support Allowance – Mencap response to Autumn statement. Mencap highlights an Autumn Statement that fails to mitigate any of the damaging effects of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and failure to explain how the Government intends to halve the disability employment gap – a ... Read More »

Charity disappointed with new Government plans for disabled jobseekers

The Enham Trust have spoken out against the governments’ planned proposals which will mean only one in eight disabled people who want to work will receive the help they need; the equivalent of 45,000 fewer disabled people each year over the remainder of this parliament. The comments support a new report by the Employment Related Service Association (ERSA) ‘More than ... Read More »

The National Autistic Society comments on The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

The National Autistic Society comments on the Government’s newly announced plans to get more disabled people into work following The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. Last week the charity launched a campaign to close the autism employment gap with a research report, statistics and an affecting film. Mark Lever, Chief Executive at the National Autistic Society, said: “Today’s [31/10/16] announcement starts ... Read More »

New Brexit report highlights ‘concerns and opportunities’ for disabled people

A new report setting out both the “concerns and opportunities” for disabled people in the aftermath of Brexit has been released by leading disability charity Papworth Trust. The 64-page document, entitled ‘Brexit – What next for disabled people?’, aims to raise awareness of the various issues coming out of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in June. Social ... Read More »

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning. The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare. Sense, ... Read More »

Sense Urges Government to Move Forward with Funding Plans for Early years

National deafblind charity, Sense, has called for assurance from the Government that plans for a new Early Years funding formula will not be affected by the announcement on the 21 July of the introduction of a new National Funding Formula for schools which is set to be delayed until 2018-19. The Government was expected to bring forward plans for a ... Read More »

Housing and work needs for disabled people should be priorities for new Prime Minister

Leading disability charity Papworth Trust has called on new Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise housing and work needs for disabled and older people. On the day Mrs May replaces David Cameron at Number 10, the charity has urged the new PM to continue with the Government’s public ambition of halving the disability employment gap. Addressing the social care crisis by ... Read More »

Brexit’s impact on disability employment in the UK

Opportunities for disabled people in the workplace are likely to come under threat unless government prioritises the recreation of EU safeguards into British statute. That is according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company, which contributes to the government’s Disability Confident campaign. The  EU  and  its  Member  States  have  a  strong mandate  to  improve  the  social  and  economic  situation of people ... Read More »

Austerity hits people with disabilities harder

With people with disabilities disproportionately impacted by austerity, London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has welcomed a call by the European Parliament for all European countries to do more to fulfil their commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. MEPs voted overwhelmingly in support of the conclusions of a progress report [1] on the EU’s implementation ... Read More »

Call for new national programme of free sight tests for all people with learning disabilities

In a report launched in parliament today (Tuesday 5 July) national disability charity SeeAbility will say NHS England’s national sight testing and funding system is letting down the one million people with learning disabilities in England. They and leading eye health organisation the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) are calling for an urgent overhaul of the system as there ... Read More »

RNIB comment on Marrakesh Treaty

RNIB Comment on the Marrakesh Treaty reaching 20 ratifications, the number needed for it to enter into force Dan Pescod, RNIB Campaigns Manager, said: “Being able to access books is vital for education, employment and for the pure pleasure of reading, and sight loss should not be a barrier. “It is fantastic news that Canada’s ratification means the Marrakesh Treaty ... Read More »

How Does The Brexit Vote Affect The Rights Of Disabled People?

Fiona McGhie, Public Law expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The common law and legislation in the UK have provided rights and protections for people with disabilities. “In addition both the EU and the UK have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which guarantees equality of rights of disabled people before the law on issues ... Read More »