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A Liberal Democrat government would scrap all benefit sanctions, end the benefit cap and reverse the controversial personal independence payment (PIP) “20-metre rule” that has led to tens of thousands of disabled people losing their Motability vehicles.
Although the three policies are not included in the party’s manifesto, which was published yesterday (Wednesday), the Liberal Democrats have confirmed that they remain party policy and would be part of their programme of government if they won the election.
A two-year scheme to set up a pan-disability product review website is one of 11 disabled-led research projects that have been awarded a total of £1 million in funding.
The Rate It! project will be co-produced by three disabled led organisations, Research Institute for Consumer Affairs, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) and Enabled by Design, and will be advised by the consumer organisation Which!
The website will help disabled consumers make “informed choices” about independent living products, with the hope that the reviews will also help build the understanding of retailers and manufacturers.
Police have been forced to launch a major review after refusing to treat online attacks against a leading disabled activist as disability hate crimes.
And a second police force has upheld a series of complaints made by the activist, Doug Paulley, relating to the same disability hate offences.
Paulley’s email hosting provider – which is linked to his website – had been subjected to what his service provider described as a “serious” and “targeted” cyber-attack just a few weeks after he won a high-profile and ground-breaking Supreme Court ruling in January.
The newly-appointed Deaf chief executive of a leading disabled people’s organisation has been told the government will only provide him with enough support to pay for interpreters three days every week.
David Buxton, a British Sign Language-user, began his full-time job as chief executive of Action on Disability in London last week, but has immediately been hit by the controversial cap on the Access to Work (AtW) scheme.
The scheme provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work, reducing the costs organisations face when taking on disabled employees.
The Conservative party has refused to explain why it is doing nothing to address the disability pay gap, despite announcing measures it says will tackle the injustice of black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees being paid less for doing the same job as white staff.
Prime minister Theresa May announced this week that her party wanted to extend the duties for some companies to publish data on differences in pay between men and women, and also extend those requirements to figures on BAME employees.
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