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A disability activist has called on disabled people to shame their local councils into action, after his research showed more than a quarter had no plans to take one simple step that would protect wheelchair-users who use taxis from discrimination. On 6 April, the government finally brought into force legislation that imposes fines of up to £1,000 on drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles who refuse to accept wheelchair-users, try to charge them extra, or fail to provide them with appropriate assistance. But the new laws only apply in those areas of England, Scotland and Wales where the local authority has drawn up a list – under section 167 of the Equality Act – of all the wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire vehicles in their area. The government has been encouraging councils to start drawing up such lists for the last seven years. But three months of research* by disabled campaigner Doug Paulley – including freedom of information requests sent to all 366 licensing

Source: Councils ‘should be shamed into action’ on taxi access laws | DisabledGo News and Blog


Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of failing to deal with the “ghetto” conditions in her own constituency as she pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum. As the first minister set out her case for a new independence vote in the Scottish Parliament today, residents in her Glasgow constituency showed ITV News around areas they described as a “slum”.They said Ms Sturgeon needs to concentrate on getting her own house in order before campaigning for independence.

Source: ‘It’s a ghetto’: Sturgeon’s constituents warn referendum distracting her from pressing issues – ITV News


Before Sturgeon promises she should ensure if the EU want an independent Scotland and even if Scotland meets the EU criteria.

Should there be a second referendum then it will need more input than the previous referendum for they will need a different currency, which could well be the Euro. Their independence could also be short lived if the EU have their own way and create a federal Europe.

Brexit is just the current excuse for pushing for independence and if she fails this time look forward to a third referendum when she or the SNP see fit.


The gap between rich and poor in Scotland is increasing as the wealthiest continue to prosper at a faster rate, official figures have revealed.

Source: Inequality report: Top 1% of Scots have more than bottom 50% – The Scotsman


The prime minister was foolish to bring today’s case, she’ll be relieved the decision wasn’t a lot worse

Source: Theresa May will be quietly pleased with the Supreme Court judgement


NICOLA Sturgeon has suffered a humiliating putdown on her plans to keep Scotland in the EU after one of her top Brexit advisors said her proposals were unrealistic.

Source: BREXIT: Nicola Sturgeon’s plan HUMILIATED after her OWN advisor says it isn’t possible | UK | News | Daily Express


In many of the president-elect’s international development ventures, his business partners have close ties to foreign governments.

Source: Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President – The New York Times


The work and pensions secretary Damian Green has refused three times to apologise or even acknowledge the distress and harm caused by his government’s welfare reforms and cuts, during an appearance before MSPs. Green became the first work and pensions secretary to appear before a Scottish parliamentary committee, when he gave evidence to the social security committee on Thursday (3 November). For the first part of the 80-minute evidence session, his refusal to acknowledge the harm caused to sick and disabled people was highlighted on the live television coverage by a member of the public sat behind him who was wearing a tee-shirt promoting Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. Another visitor, John McArdle, co-founder of the grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, had also taken off his coat to reveal the same slogan, until both of them were asked by parliamentary staff to cover or remove their tee-shirts. SNP’s Ben Macpherson asked Green if he wanted to apologise for the

Source: Green refuses three times to apologise to Scotland for harm of benefit reforms | DisabledGo News and Blog


NICOLA Sturgeon’s bid to keep ties with the EU has been dealt another blow after Ireland said it would only hold formal talks with the UK Government.

Source: Ireland ONLY dealing with UK government after Sturgeon’s bid to stop Brexit | UK | News | Daily Express


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ITV tonight are broadcasting a documentary about Mary Seacole, one of the Victorian heroines you don’t hear about. The blurb in the Radio Times for the documentary runs

In the Shadow of Mary Seacole

The contribution of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse of Scottish and African descent, to caring for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War has been increasingly acknowledged over recent years. Actor David Harewood embarks on a highly personal journey of discovery as he follows the creation of a statue of the woman who has always been a heroine to him.

The programme’s on at 10.40 today, 18th October 2016.

Seacole was as big a heroine in her time as the nurse everyone’s heard of, Florence Nightingale. There were mass petitions and crowds gathered to see her honoured, and it’s a very sore point with many Black activists that she has been so comprehensively forgotten. They see…

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