John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-up of the happenings in the disability world the past week.
• The UK’s leading disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has attacked a government decision to set up an “alliance” of DPOs, charities, and private and public sector organisations that will be asked to produce new disability policies for the coalition.
• The Scottish National Party has refused to say if “fitness for work” contractor Atos should be allowed to sponsor the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, even though more than half of its MSPs have publicly criticised the company.
• London 2012 organisers broke at least one promise on access provision and “failed to deliver” on others, according to the chair of the independent body set up to examine the “sustainability” of the games.
• New Welsh government plans to promote independent living could provide a significant boost to the disability movement in Wales, according to the country’s leading disabled people’s organisation.
• The British Paralympic Association has announced a new four-year sponsorship deal with Sainsbury’s, just days after the end of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
• Rugby league is to become the first professional sport in the UK to carry out full access audits of every one of its stadiums.
• Both the government and opposition have backed a bill that would scrap laws that discriminate against people with mental health conditions in business and public life.
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.