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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 »

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 »

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 »

Government’s employment plans ‘out of sync’ with its ambitions to help disabled people into work

National disability charity, Sense, warns that shrinking specialist employment support system will further marginalise disabled jobseekers National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) report which highlights that proposed cuts to funding in the Government’s employment programmes will see 45,000 fewer disabled people offered specialist support to find jobs. Warning that the new Work and ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »