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Unfortunately this Governments attitude and policy is taking the Thatcher directive to bring back ‘Victorian values‘, but are they values to be applauded, for were there not child labour, poor and workhouses, debtors prisons and many others.

Are the progressions of the 20th Century and the start of the 21st to be abandoned. Will we bring back poor and workhouses, debtors prisons and may be even child labour, will there still be free education for all children and the disabled and poor left to their own devices, while the rich elite gain all the benefits of life.

We have the Equality Act 2010, the Care Act 2014 and others but are these just bits of legal jargon, which when they come to be tested are not worth the papers they have produced.

Are they just bits of paper with no real significance, but giving all the non-elite a belief of a caring Government.

Are we now seeing the real true colour ‘Blue’, when previously there could have been a tinge of ‘Red’ now what does that produce, could it be purple, now what party does that create and do they still exist. Something with UK in their terminology, perhaps.

Is this what our recent forebears fought for in the wars of the 20th Century.

If so, is life really worth living for, are we not just producing for the wealthy elite, while fighting and working for a pittance.

Govt Newspeak

Minister suggests ‘realities of the world’ mean government will not halt attack on rights. The justice minister responsible for human rights appears to have dismissed calls for the government to do more to protect the social and economic rights of disabled people and other groups.

Dr Phillip Lee, a junior justice minister whose responsibilities include human rights, was speaking at the launch of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) new report detailing Britain’s progress in implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

In a speech at the launch, he appeared to suggest that “the realities of the world” – including population growth, an ageing society, and mass migration – and “finite resources” meant the government could not afford to meet the report’s call for action on the rights laid out in the covenant. The covenant includes the rights to work, including safe and healthy working…

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With all the legislation which has been enacted previously Equality Act 2010 which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and others you would have expected by now that all organisations should be aware of what is required and be prepared to engage with reasonable adjustments. By why am I not surprised that they are not doing so, is it ignorance (surely not a University) or utter disregard for the welfare of their students. No matter what it is this should not be occurring, especially with the costs incurred to undertake these courses.

You have created a contract to attend the courses within the University and they are breaking this contract by not recognising the reasonable adjustments they should be making.

Their feeble retorts to belittle you are a major concern in their ability to deliver any aspect regarding disability equality.

As course have to be paid for I feel because of their uncaring attitude you will be entitled to a refund of some or all of your course fees, but that will not help you with achieving your educational aims.

The University should be ashamed of their behaviour and should be named and shamed.


University is hard… that’s just the way it is.

I think you are just panicking because you have 3 assignments due in on the same day

Just a clash of personalities.

You just don’t like the subject, and therefore you are not engaged.

Getting you ready for the world of work.

If you pre-learn (self-study) then you may understand it wrong and then we will have to go back and (teach backwards) to find the point where you misunderstood…

Learning support agreements are not detailed enough —

Just some of the excuses I have heard because I chose to ask for help with my disability and study. Because I asked for assistance, asking for my needs to be accommodated. I feel very much like I am banging my head upon a wall, of people who either actively choose not to understand or maybe I am not expressing myself clearly enough…

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Lawyers and campaigners have raised fresh concerns about the government’s approach to providing legal advice to people who need help with discrimination and special educational needs (SEN) cases, after ministers abandoned efforts to award new contracts in those areas.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had been seeking organisations to take on contracts to provide advice from 1 September on discrimination and education cases through the Civil Legal Advice (CLA) service.

But it has now announced that it has abandoned those efforts because there were not enough “compliant” bids from organisations seeking the new contracts.

There are now fears that the government’s difficulty in finding organisations willing to take on the CLA services from September could make it even harder for disabled people to secure the legal advice they need.

Following the passing of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in 2013, it became possible to seek government-funded advice and assistance on discrimination and SEN issues only through the CLA telephone “gateway”.

But campaigners say the introduction of the telephone gateway has had a dramatic negative impact on the ability of disabled people – such as those with communication-related impairments, mental health conditions or learning difficulties – to access legal advice and support.

Jeanine Blamires, who gave evidence two years ago to the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 a




Source: Legal advice concerns after government abandons search for new contractors | DisabledGo News and Blog


A Deaf chief executive has won the right to question the government’s “discriminatory” cap on Access to Work (AtW) payments in the high court, in the latest legal challenge to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) disability policy agenda.

David Buxton, chief executive of Action on Disability in London, is one of many British Sign Language (BSL)-users who have been hit by the imposition of the cap on payments made by the AtW scheme, which provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work.

Now the high court has ruled that Buxton’s legal challenge can go ahead, with his lawyers set to argue – under the Equality Act 2010 – that the cap breached the public sector equality duty and subjected him to indirect discrimination.

His judicial review case is being funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

It comes just weeks after another legal challenge forced work and pensions ministers into a climbdown over new personal independence payment rules that were found by the high court to be unlawful and “blatantly discriminatory”.

And earlier this month, a terminally-ill man, TP, won permission for a judicial review of the financial impact of the introduction of universal credit on disabled people with high support needs, through the loss of the severe disability premium and enhanced disability premium.

Disability News Service reported last year how Buxton had been told that AtW would only provide him with enough support to pay for interpreters three days every week.


Source: Deaf chief executive wins right to challenge Access to Work cap in court | DisabledGo News and Blog


A disabled civil servant has told MPs how her career has stalled because of the failure of the IT systems in the Home Office to cope with the assistive technology she needs to do her job.

Jo-Ann Moran, a senior executive officer in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, told the work and pensions select committee yesterday (Wednesday) that she had been encouraged to apply for promotion but declined to do so because of the IT problems she was facing.

She told the committee that it had been a “culture shock” to “all of a sudden be denied access” after 30 years of full-time employment.

Moran, who has a degenerative condition that affects her hearing and sight, said: “I am a top performer in my grade and I keep getting told, ‘Come on, go for it,’ but I can’t because I am just not going to be reliable.”

She added: “We just can’t get the assistive technology to work. It’s not through the [lack of] trying, it’s just about the infrastructure being able to cope with the additional technology.”

The evidence session was part of the committee’s inquiry into the role of assistive technology in improving disabled people’s employment rates.

Moran said she feared that if she applied for a job working for a minister, that minister would not be able to accommodate her if she had to say, ‘Sorry, my computer’s not working today.

Source: Home Office IT failure stalls disabled civil servant’s career, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog


Insurers have been accused of depriving access to life insurance and other kinds of cover to people with depression and anxiety, even for physical conditions unrelated to their mental health.

People who have suffered even mild mental health conditions or one-off episodes say they have been refused life insurance altogether, aggravating their financial insecurity.

Dozens of complainants have been in touch with the Guardian about the alleged discrimination. Charities and campaigners described the findings as “extremely worrying” and showed that insurers were operating based on an outdated understanding of mental illness.

In some cases, insurers appear to base their refusal on long-distant episodes of depression or anxiety, or when customers admit to having had suicidal thoughts or self-harming noted on their medical records. These customers are then allegedly deemed unsuitable to insure even for circumstances where death is not linked to a mental condition.


Source: People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover : The Guardian


Tax and social security reforms driving losses of £5,500 a year for some households, report finds

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Households containing at least one adult and one child with a disability have been hardest hit by the policy decisions of post-2010 governments, according to a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The research, part of an ongoing study into the cumulative impacts of tax, social security and public spending policies, was released last week ahead of the autumn Budget. It found some families stood to lose at least 13% of their net incomes by 2022, largely because of welfare and tax reforms.

Households with at least one ‘core’ disabled adult (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) and at least one disabled child, are the biggest losers, with losses of over £5,500 per year, the report said. Families where children were not disabled, but at least one adult was, stood to lose £2,500.

Joe Godden, a professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), said the findings would come as “absolutely no surprise” to frontline social workers. “Practitioners working with people with disabilities hear about the impact of cuts on a daily basis,” he told Community Care.

Older people were also likely to be disproportionately hit, with those in the 65-74 age group facing average losses of around £1,450 per year, the study found. More broadly, it concluded that the poorest households stood to lose about 10% of their income by 2021-22 because of tax and social security changes, while the wealthiest lost less than 1%.

‘Consistent negative gradient’

The EHRC report also examined the impact of tax and welfare reforms and wage changes based on households’ overall ‘disability score’. This was assessed by summing the number of functional difficulties, for example around mobility, memory or learning, across all adults and children within a given household.

The research highlighted a “consistent negative gradient” in terms of the impact of reforms.

Households with higher disability scores suffered greater changes to their net incomes because of less-generous benefits and tax credits, with the introduction of universal credit exacerbating the situation.

Households with a disability score of zero have the smallest losses on average, the report found. Households with a disability score of 4 or 5 lost around 7% of net income on average, while those with a score of 6 or more lost around 10% on average.

‘Increased costs of having a disability’

BASW’s Godden said social workers were well aware of a range of issues associated with tax and welfare cuts and other reforms that were disproportionately affecting people with disabilities.

“The increased costs of having a disability include the need to keep warm – harder if you are not able to be physically active – and travel costs if can’t manage public transport,” he said. “The costs of employing care workers for many has also gone up faster than benefits, partly because of the shortage of good social care workers.”

Godden added that worsening poverty among people with disabilities would have an obvious corresponding effect on their mental wellbeing.

“Living on the margins of being able to manage financially has a huge impact on people, leading to increases in depression and other mental health problems,” he said. “For people with a physical disability, coping with this pressure can be a double whammy – less money means they can’t afford to go out, leading to more social isolation.”

For people who already have a mental health problem the increased pressure of poverty can be a “tipping point”, Godden said, leading to more hospital admissions and increasing number of family breakdowns.

‘Bleak future’

David Isaac, the chair of the EHRC, which makes recommendations to government on the compatibility of policy and legislation with equality and human rights standards, said the findings pointed to a “bleak future”.

Isaac called on the government to provide a “full and cumulative” impact analysis of all current and future tax and social security policies, something it has refused to do. “It is not enough to look at the impact of individual policy changes,” Isaac said.

Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said the EHRC report made for “grim but unsurprising” reading.

“The report is clear evidence that the government’s reforms have been having a massive negative effect, driving disabled people deeper into poverty when they already don’t have enough money to live on.”

Mark Atkinson, chief executive at the disability charity Scope, said: “This report lays bare that life is still much tougher than it needs to be for many disabled people and their families.”

Atkinson added: “The government must develop a cross-government strategy, backed with adequate funding to ensure disabled people get access to the support they need across areas including employment, extra costs and care, so they can live independently and participate fully in society.”


Source : Families with disabled adult and child members worst hit by post-2010 government policies : Community Care


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liz truss Liz Truss former Lord Chancellor Pic credit:BBC


Michael Gove and Liz Truss, two former Lord Chancellors,  the former lord chief justice, Lord Thomas, six High Court judges and  heads of the tribunal services are facing lthe prospect of legal action for victimisation and racial discrimination by three fellow black and Asian  judges and a black former tribunal member following a ground breaking ruling by the Supreme Court. An article appears in this week’s Tribune magazine.

The virtually unreported Supreme Court judgement last week, which involved interpreting an EU equality treatment directive, is seen by campaigners as removing immunity claimed by the Ministry of Justice, the Metropolitan Police, magistrates and tribunal bodies, barristers, solicitors, doctors and dentists disciplinary bodies, from the Equality Act when handling misconduct inquiries.

It will also apply to disciplinary hearings involving sexual and gender discrimination and disabled people.

The original case was brought…

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Some taxi services in Wales are refusing to pick up passengers who use wheelchairs or assistance dogs, a campaign group has claimed. Disability Wales said

Source: Disabled people ‘humiliated’ by taxi refusals | DisabledGo News and Blog


In an inspired act of protest against their rights being perpetually disrespected, disabled activists in Portugal have taken matters into their own hands.

Source: Wheelchair users stage GENIUS mass protest against drivers who steal disabled bays | Evolve Politics

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