The disability charity Scope is to close its disabled-led online publication Disability Now (DN) in a bid to cut costs, more than 30 years after it first appeared as a newspaper. But questions have been asked over Scope’s decision to continue publishing DN-branded content on its own website. DN was first published, under a different name, in 1984, first as a newspaper, then as a magazine, and finally in an online-only format four years ago. But Richard Lane, Scope’s head of communications, said the charity had now decided that DN was “no longer a viable business in its current format”. DN’s only member of staff, its disabled editor Ian Macrae – it also used a number of disabled freelances – has apparently been made redundant, although the charity has not confirmed this. Lane said the charity had decided to close the publication because of the major changes in “the variety and diversity of media and content covering disability issues” over the last three decades. He said: “At an

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