News round-up, week ending 10th October

News round-up, week ending 10th October

John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-ups of the happenings in the disability world the past week.

• The government is facing a high court challenge from a disabled people’s organisation over its sweeping cuts to spending on legal aid.

• The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a “full review” of its failure to prosecute any of the NHS staff accused of abusing 18 disabled people in a day centre.

• A software glitch may have prevented older people from ordering wheelchair-accessible spaces for next year’s Paralympics, it has been claimed.

• Disabled activists were forced to threaten a peer with legal action after she attacked their campaigning efforts as “a disgrace” on a high-profile website.

• The UK’s largest provider of “income protection insurance” has denied that it stands to gain financially from incapacity benefit reforms that campaigners believe it helped to influence.

• A tribunal’s decision to reject the appeal of a diplomat over the support she needed to do her job in a new foreign posting undermines the career prospects of other high-flying disabled people, say campaigners.

• A disabled peer has warned that the decision to move discussion of the government’s controversial welfare reform bill to a less accessible committee room could put her safety at risk.

• A campaign against the company that conducts “fitness for work” tests on disabled people achieved a major success this week after the British Medical Journal agreed to review its relationship with the firm.

 Conservative conference: Tens of thousands of disabled people who receive “continuing care” from the NHS could benefit from new government rules that should allow them more control over how their needs are met.

• Conservative conference: Four Conservative ministers have evaded questions aboutthe controversial work capability assessment, at their party’s annual conference.

• Conservative conference: The minister for disabled people has denied that the government exaggerated the growth in claimants of disability benefits in order to justify scrapping disability living allowance.

• Conservative conference: Ministers have used their party’s annual conference to reinforce the message that many disabled people claiming out-of-work benefits are “abusing” the system.

 Conservative conference: The government’s new programme designed to support disabled and other people into work is excluding voluntary sector providers at the expense of the private sector, a minister has heard.

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Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for more than 15 years.

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