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Parliamentary debate on deafness and hearing loss

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a 90 minute debate on deafness and hearing loss in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 30 June. The motion for the debate is “that this House has considered the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework”. The framework ... Read More »

Care Leaders warn Government: Provide better funding for learning disability care

The leaders of the UK’s biggest providers of care for people with learning disabilities have warned that care standards will slip back if the Government does not provide more funding for vital services, with a risk to the transformation agenda prompted by the Winterbourne View scandal. Their calls have been backed by the former Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP, who ... Read More »

Sense concerned by Queen’s Speech and lack of plan to realise aspirations for disabled people

National deafblind charity welcomes Government focus on increasing life chances for most disadvantaged but raises concerns over lack of plans focused on disabled people. National deafblind charity, Sense has today [18 May] raised concerns at the Government’s lack of focus on breaking down barriers and building opportunities for disabled people within the Queen’s Speech. The charity welcomes the Government’s plans to ... Read More »

Sense Urges Government to Promote Life Chances for Disabled in Upcoming Queen’s Speech

Ahead of The Queen’s Speech this Wednesday [18 May 2016], national deafblind charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to set out concrete plans to improve life chances and build opportunities for people with disabilities. Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, considers that the Queen’s Speech is  a strong opportunity to deliver on the Government’s ... Read More »

Disappointment at Government’s failure to act on video-on-demand subtitling

National deafblind charity, Sense, has previously called on the Government to introduce legislation that would end “digital exclusion” faced by people with sight and hearing loss. Sense, the national deafblind charity, has expressed disappointment at the Government’s refusal to bring in legislation that would see the introduction of subtitles, signed content and audio description on video-on-demand content.  In partnership with ... Read More »

Sense Responds to Report Highlighting that Equality Act is Failing Disabled People

National deafblind charity is calling on the Government to urgently address the barriers preventing equality for disabled people. National deafblind charity, Sense, has raised concerns over the findings of today’s report into discrimination against disabled people by the House of Lords. The report found that despite the Equality Act, disabled people still face daily barriers to living an independent life, ... Read More »

The Government is failing in its duty of care to disabled people, says Lords report

The House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee has been investigating the Equality Act and its impact on disabled people.  From taxi drivers refusing to take disabled people, to ‘disgraceful’ accessibility at sports grounds, to pubs and clubs failing to provide disabled toilets, the report, entitled “The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people”, says practice in ... 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 »

Sense responds to the government’s decision to reform the way eligibility for PIP is assessed

Government announces additional cuts of 1.2billion for disabled people on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) National deafblind charity Sense has responded to the government announcement that it will push forward with plans to change the eligibility criteria for people applying to receive the Personal Independence Payment. Under the proposed changes, people who qualify for the benefit due to their use ... Read More »

Sense responds to new proposals for a “national funding formula”

Sense responds to new proposals for a “national funding formula” for schools and high needs funding reform.  Charity calls for the Government to use the consultation as an opportunity to address fairer funding for special needs in early years education settings Sense welcomed the government’s commitment to developing a new single funding formula for early years, high needs and schools but ... Read More »