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They’ve been deeply affected by austerity, so it’s more important than ever for people with learning disabilities to have their say on June 8.

Source: Voters with learning disabilities are being excluded from this election


Here are key findings from the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care overhaul bill passed by the House on May 4. The bill would save the federal government $119 billion in a decade.

The largest savings would come from cutting Medicaid and reducing tax credits for middle-income insurance buyers.

Source: New C.B.O. Score: G.O.P. Health Bill Would Save Government Billions but Leave Millions Uninsured – The New York Times


Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human rights barrister. John Horan said the legal profession was failing to address the discrimination faced by disabled people who rely on family and commercial courts, employment and benefits tribunals, and the criminal justice system. One of the reasons for this failure is the pressure exerted on the legal system by government cuts to the courts and tribunals system budget, he has told Disability News Service (DNS). He says the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) provides a clear duty – under article 13, on access to justice – for UK courts to provide the necessary “accommodations” to ensure that every disabled person can play an “effective role” in all legal proceedings. But he says judges (and magistrates) are ignoring detailed guidance laid out in the Equal

Source: Disabled people ‘denied access to justice by failure of judges on reasonable adjustments’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


Virgin Media and disability charity Scope are teaming up to highlight disability discrimination in football grounds. New research published today shows that disabled football fans feel excluded from live games. Eight in ten who attend football stadiums across the UK say they have experienced some form of discrimination or other issues resulting from their disability. As a result, the majority (62%) of these disabled fans said these experiences had stopped them from going to a live match again. To highlight the issue and to put disabled fans at the heart of the game, the Saints will wear a special Scope-branded shirt for their home match against Manchester United FC on Wednesday 17 May. Virgin Media, the official shirt sponsor of Southampton FC, is removing its logo from the club’s strip to support its charity partner, Scope, in order to get behind disabled football fans. It forms part of the company’s partnership with the charity to help transform the lives of disabled people. Virgin Media

Source: Virgin Media and Scope club together to show disability discrimination the red card | DisabledGo News and Blog


Age UK calls on all political parties to put social care at the heart of their manifestos as new figures reveal high numbers of over-80s going without the help

Source: Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care | Care Industry News


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Hello everyone! As you may have read a couple of posts ago, I emailed my MP Theresa May about the Mental Health Taskforce. I received a reply from her office and thought I would share the message with you.

“Dear Ms Swatman,

Thank you for contacting Theresa about the independent Mental Health Taskforce. She appreciates your concerns about mental health services.

I hope that you will be pleased to learn that the Prime Minister has recently announced a new approach to mental health based on recommendations from the Taskforce. Thousands of people with mental health conditions will be supported to find or return to work, meaning they have the opportunity to get on in life. The Government plans to deliver true equality between mental and physical health for the first time. An extra £1 billion a year is being provided by this Government for mental health care to make sure…

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Where is the equality, again people who are disabled are being discriminated against.

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Outrage as legislation prevents disabled candidates getting financial support from Scottish Government.

Strict rules governing election expenses means disabled people are being discouraged from becoming candidates for next month’s general election.

A Scottish Government fund which was hugely successful in enabling disabled people to become local councillors has been halted ahead of the 8 June snap election for fear of falling foul of Electoral Commission guidelines.

The access to elected office (AEO) fund (Scotland) was administered by Inclusion Scotland and enabled 39 disabled candidates to take part in local elections – 15 of whom were elected to 12 councils.

The fund offered grants to disabled people to help with additional costs they may face in standing for election as a councillor, such as extra transport or sign language interpreters.

It means a disabled candidate will now have to shoulder the considerable costs themselves.

Disabled campaigners believe the Scottish Government has taken the…

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Theresa May today promises the biggest shake-up of mental health provision for 30 years if re-elected to tackle the “burning injustice” of current treatment.

In a major policy announcement, the Conservative leader has pledged to scrap the “flawed” 1983 Mental Health Act after concluding it is “unfit for purpose”.

A string of policies designed to end discrimination in mental health treatment and make provision suitable for the 21st century will be implemented instead.

Theresa May has pledged to scrap the “flawed” 1983 Mental Health ActTen thousand more NHS staff will be assigned to mental health work in the next three years to boost treatment under the Tory plans.

A teacher in every primary and secondary school will be trained in mental health first aid to identify signs that children are developing anxiety or depression.

Discrimination laws will be toughened up to protect employees with mental health issues while Samaritans charity helpline will be Government funded until 2022.

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A disabled activist has won a three-year battle with his bank over its refusal to allow him to communicate by email and provide him with a direct telephone contact number as reasonable adjustments.

The Financial Ombudsman ruled that the Co-operative Bank had failed in its duties under the Equality Act, and awarded Adam Lotun £800 compensation.

He had repeatedly asked over more than three years for the bank to make reasonable adjustments to take account of his hearing impairment, autism and memory problems.

As well as turning down Lotun’s request for a way to communicate with the bank by email, it failed to provide a direct telephone number for him and other disabled people to contact staff who were trained to deal with customers with access needs.

 

 

Source: Bank finally admits it failed disabled customer, after three-year battle | DisabledGo News and Blog


Rep. Jackson Lee laid out the human cost of the AHCA in stark terms.

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