After reading several news stories ubu's CEO, Dorothy, asks:
Do we have a Pro Disability Government? Or, are Disabled People merely being pushed further to the Back of the queue?
A CAMPAIGN has to be launched to raise £23,000 to buy a powered wheelchair to help to transform the life of a young boy who is severely disabled, whose doctors are still diagnosing the full extent of his medical conditions. Currently he has to be carried into the chair and out of the chair.
Colleges that provide specialist residential training for disabled people to help them find work fear closure in 2014 after the government failed to guarantee their continued funding. The future of the nine charity-run colleges hangs in doubt after they received only a passing mention in a disability and health employment strategy published by ministers earlier this month. The colleges' contracts with the Department for Work and Pensions, worth a total £18m, expire in August 2014. Those that offer longer training courses say they will have to stop taking students from January.
...Even more when:
A third of disabled applicants have been refused support from a government fund designed to give them temporary financial help to cope with cuts to their benefit income as a result of the bedroom tax, a survey claims. Ministers have persistently rejected arguments that the bedroom tax discriminates against disabled people by arguing that the availability of discretionary housing payment (DHP) grants to vulnerable households fulfils their duties under equality laws. But a survey of councils by the National Housing Federation found that 29% of disabled people affected by the bedroom tax were turned down for help in the six months from April, and in some councils less than three in 10 disabled applicants were successful.
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