News round-up, week ending 27th January

News round-up, week ending 27th January

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

• A senior government adviser has failed to declare freelance work carried out for the insurance giant set to make huge financial gains through the coalition’s incapacity benefit reforms.

• The government has admitted failing to carry out any statistical analysis of the results of its controversial disability living allowance consultation.

• The world’s biggest disability and deaf arts festival has won a prestigious annual award, a £10,000 prize, and a huge vote of confidence from regional business leaders.

• The government has welcomed new figures which show a slight rise in the number of disabled people granted funds to make their workplaces more accessible.

• A disability charity has begun legal action against a budget airline over its failure to make its website accessible to blind and partially-sighted customers.

• New figures show the number of disabled people found eligible for unconditional support under the much-criticised “fitness for work” regime has doubled since its introduction by the Labour government in 2008.

• A leading user-led arts organisation has raised new concerns over the search for volunteers to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Paralympics.

• Disabled activists are warning that local authorities could try to copy a council that has withdrawn funding from a direct payments support service.

• The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has come under attack again after ruling that an offensive, disablist routine by comedian Ricky Gervais did not breach its code.

• Nearly two-thirds of local authorities in England have reduced their spending on support in the community for disabled and older people, according to a survey commissioned by a committee of MPs.

• It is “entirely obvious” that the government’s welfare cuts are “falling entirely” on disabled people and families with children, according to a leading academic.

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

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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  • “The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has come under attack again after ruling that an offensive, disablist routine by comedian Ricky Gervais did not breach its code.”

    – Always getting into trouble that Ricky Gervais!

    Good post, thanks for the roundup.