News round-up, week ending 27th July

News round-up, week ending 27th July

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

• New figures that show how the number of disabled people receiving funding through the Access to Work scheme has plummeted since the coalition came to power are “disgraceful”, according to a shadow minister.

• The equality watchdog could be left with almost no disabled employees if it confirms plans to cut more than 100 jobs, an open letter signed by scores of its own staff has warned.

• Two disabled people have won the first stage of their legal bid to force the government to improve the much-criticised “fitness for work” test.

• The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted that it cannot guarantee that disabled people who want to have their “fitness for work” tests recorded will be able to do so.

• The government has refused to say whether the care services minister was told in advance by his ministerial work and pensions colleagues about the publication of the vital Independent Living Fund consultation.

• Hundreds of disabled workers at Remploy sheltered factories across the country are set to be made redundant in just three weeks’ time, the company has confirmed.

• A survivor of the 7/7 bombings says competing in the London 2012 Paralympics and taking part in the opening ceremony will be “an absolute dream come true”.

• Nine months ago, Ibrahima Diallo did not even know that he had cerebral palsy. Now he is preparing to play a starring role for the ParalympicsGB seven-a-side football team at London 2012.

For links to the full stories, please visit Disability News Service.

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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