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Disability Rights UK Respond To Lord Freud’s Comments Suggesting Disabled People Be Paid Less

Lord Freud made the remarks during a fringe meeting about welfare changes at the Conservative Party conference. In response Liz Sayce, CEO of Disability Rights UK said: “We face a crisis of disabled people’s poverty. Disabled people are: Twice as likely to live in poverty as everyone else More likely to be working in low-paid jobs (when working at all) ... Read More »

Lord Freud: Disabled people ‘not worth full wage’

A welfare minister said a small group of people are “not worth the full wage” and could be paid £2 an hour. Labour is calling for Lord Freud to stand down over the comments made at a conference fringe meeting which are thought to have been about disabled people. The peer, who has been a minister in the Department for ... Read More »

Disability benefits: Minister to clarify assessment regulations

Ministers are clarifying how mobility disability assessments are carried out following criticism of changes to Personal Independence Payments.  Those unable to walk more than 20m would automatically qualify, rather than the previous distance of 50m. Read More »

Conservative conference: Welfare minister told “stop bullying us”

A disability rights campaigner has told a minister at the Conservative conference to “stop bullying us”.  Kaliya Franklin, 36, spoke out at a fringe event examining the government’s welfare to work programme.  Ms Franklin, who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and uses a mobility scooter, confronted the welfare reform minister Lord Freud. Read More »