The process of exiting the European Union (EU) could worsen the social care crisis if the UK government does not protect access to personal assistants (PAs) from EU countries, disabled peers have warned. They told a work and pensions minister that uncertainty over the “Brexit” negotiations with fellow EU members was leading to “terrible uncertainty” among the thousands of disabled people whose PAs are citizens of other EU countries. But peers heard that there was not a single mention of disabled people or disability in the government’s white paper on Brexit. The disabled crossbench peer Baroness Campbell told the Lords debate on the impact of Brexit on disabled people – secured by the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott – that she had employed PAs from at least 10 EU countries in the last 25 years. Baroness Campbell told fellow peers that other disabled people who employed PAs had told her that the pool of potential employees was “drying up”, while demand continued to rise, which
The government has finally announced the date when it will bring into force regulations that will ban taxi drivers from discriminating against wheelchair-users, more than 20 years after they were first included in legislation. From 6 April, taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to accept wheelchair-users, try to charge them extra, or fail to provide them with appropriate assistance. The announcement has been seen as a success for a committee of peers that called for the move last year. Successive Labour, coalition and Conservative governments have refused to bring the measures into force, since they were included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and then incorporated into the Equality Act 2010. But the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, which included several disabled peers among its members, and reported last March on the impact of equality laws on disabled people, called in its report for the measures to be implemented.
Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims
Ahmed Kayd, 42, sent Charles Bloch packing after asking if his pet Labrador Carlo would ‘lick him’ when they tried to get a lift home in Spinney Hill Park in Leicester.
Campaigners are set to take legal action against the government over its failure to provide an accessible service for disabled passengers across part of England’s rail network. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) plans to seek a judicial review of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) handling of the Southern Rail franchise, which covers parts of south London and southern England. It has told transport secretary Chris Grayling that one of its four legal grounds for seeking a judicial review is his “unlawful failure” to comply with his duties under the Equality Act 2010 to “monitor and enforce the obligation to provide an adequate train service for disabled passengers”. ABC is arguing that Grayling’s failure to monitor the franchise properly has allowed Southern to indirectly discriminate against disabled passengers. The campaign group says Southern services are marred by frequent and serious overcrowding, failures in equipment that assists disabled passengers, and too few staff
Almost one-fifth of people (18%) diagnosed with cancer face discrimination from employers or colleagues on return to work, research by the charity Macmillan
Disabled peers have demanded that the government rips up its “frustrating”, “clichéd” and “tepid” response to a major House of Lords report on the Equality Act’s impact on disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 and disability committee reported in March on how equality legislation affects disabled people, following a nine-month inquiry. The committee concluded that the government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, and that laws designed to address disability discrimination were “not working in practice”, while spending cuts were having “a hugely adverse effect on disabled people”. An analysis by Disability News Service of the government’s response to the report, which was published in July, suggested that it accepted in full only about eight of the committee’s 55 recommendations. In a Lords debate on the report this week, disabled peers lined up to criticise the government’s response. Baroness Campbell, who sat on the committee, said that its report recommends
Hello My Name is Charlotte. I am Vi and have a Guide Dog named Layla. I was asked to share this thread by @Scope on twitter.
Scope’s work with the Extra Costs Commission highlights a total bug bear of mine -being disabled costs money.
Disabled people are being treated like second class citizens, the UK’s equality watchdog has said. Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman David Isaac