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Our new columnist, Catriona Moore asks how councils can get away with breaking the law when it comes to providing inclusive summer fun

Source: Fighting for my disabled child’s right to summer fun – Special Needs Jungle


The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court judgment that campaigners hoped would finally settle the issue. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in January that wheelchair-users have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than just ask a non-disabled passenger to move if they are occupying the space and it is needed by someone using a wheelchair. But accessible transport campaigners said this week that, although there had been an initial improvement following the judgment, standards “were starting to slip again”. London’s user-led accessible transport charity, Transport for All (TfA), met last week to mark six months since the Supreme Court judgment. The meeting heard from one wheelchair-user and activist who said she had decided to take action over the repeated failure of a bus company to enforce

Source: Bus industry set to face fresh legal action over access to wheelchair space | DisabledGo News and Blog


Pride's Purge

Until now, Theresa May’s government seems to have put an invisible ring-fence around dementia when it comes to social security, welfare and benefits cuts.

Probably because, in the main, sufferers of dementia tend to be pensioners – who also happen to be the most important demographic for the Conservative Party when it comes to support.

In fact, as opposed to other sufferers of illness or disability who have been decimated by Tory welfare cuts without a peep of sympathy, Tory MPs are extremely keen to show support for dementia sufferers.

Theresa May herself is an official supporter of ‘Dementia Friends‘ – an initiative by the Alzheimers Society which seeks to increase awareness from MPs and other decision makers:

So it’s a bit of a shock to see dementia sufferers are the latest sufferers of illness and disability to be targeted by Theresa May’s savage cuts to the welfare…

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Trump promises to ‘close government’ if Mexico wall is blocked

President Donald Trump has vowed to close down government if that is what it takes to build the wall along the border with Mexico, which he promised during his election campaign. 


The US president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far-right groups “a platform”. 


Clashes took places outside the rally between anti-Trump protesters and police, who used teargas to disperse the demonstrators after they reportedly threw rocks.

Six things that could topple Trump’s wall

As president, Mr Trump has asked for design ideas for the barrier, with a chosen few to be selected this month for a prototype showcase this summer in San Diego, California. Mr Trump says he wants a wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border – with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest. However, the route crosses difficult terrain, is home to a lot of wildlife and cuts across land owned by Native American tribes as well as private citizens. So is building the wall actually possible?

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Last Thursday I was a tourist strolling down Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas. I decided that rather than sit down in one of the many crowded street cafés, I would buy my nine-year-old son Qais, whom I had left behind in Glasgow, his Barcelona FC kit.

I walked on. Seconds later I heard a crashing noise and hundred of screams. As I turned I saw an avalanche of people running with terror. Instinctively I ran, but seconds later stopped to learn that a van metres away from where I had been had mowed down the crowd and murdered innocents.

A campaign of hate and lies, led by Tommy Robinson

I let my family and friends know via social media that I was safe. In the aftermath I spoke to the media of the sea of humanity that walked the length of Las Ramblas, where one could see every race, creed and colour represented. We now know there were in fact 34 countries from which the victims came.

I pointed out that my being a Muslim gave me no immunity from bombs, bullets or a van. But what followed was a barrage of hate from the far right – Trump supporters as well as those of the EDL.

Source: I was caught in the Barcelona attacks: Now Tommy Robinson and trolls call me an Islamic extremist – The i newspaper online iNews


A good question, is i that the banks were just an excuse at the time to implement Tory policy and if it was not the banks they would have found some other excuse.

We are not ‘all in it together’ the Cameron phrase, it is only the poor, the disabled, the sick, but not the Establishment who receive whatever situation the country is in.

The Government only cares for itself and those who it believes can help them, but the poor, the disabled and the sick are just wastage so far as the Government is concerned.

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Stanlee Culbreath is speaking out for the first time in two decades to question whether the Princess of Wales could have lived if French emergency services had acted faster

Source: Lawyer who saw Diana’s death crash breaks 20-year silence to claim “other forces” were behind accident – Mirror Online


Southern leaders made it clear that statues were part of their early-20th-century effort “to establish white supremacy.”

Source: What Confederate Monument Builders Were Thinking – Bloomberg


The Government has been accused of “evading” disability rights by ignoring the recommendations of a major UN committee, in what has been described as a “continuing retrogression” of disabled people’s rights in the UK. Disability organisations from across the country have accused ministers of ignoring questions put to it earlier this year by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, leaving disabled people to face “serious discrimination” in educational, employment and social opportunities.

Source: Government accused of breaching UN convention in its treatment of disabled people | The Independent


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This is the Lancaster family – Nicola and Ian have spent ten years looking after their severely-disabled child 24-7, their only break coming once a month, when he went to a respite centre for the weekend. Now the centre is closing, because there’s no #NHS money to run it – and this is not an isolated case….

Source: How Far Can NHS Cuts Go? – Paul Moss  @BBCPaulMoss

This is indeed not an isolated incident and is not only related to Children’s Social Care and health services, but also to Adult Social Care and health services.

While there are needs for those children and adults who are in need of care and are entitled to Assessments of Needs, the Carers themselves also have needs and they are entitled to their own Carers Assessments for carers of children being * The Children and Families Act 2014 amends the Children Act 1989 and for carers of adults *The Care Act 2014. Here are some Care Act Factsheets.

When it comes to funding where needs have been assessed then that need should be provided and this should not be delayed pending disputes between social services and health.

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