News round-up, week ending 08 November

News round-up, week ending 08 November

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

  • Users of the Independent Living Fund have described their emotions on learning that a court had ruled that the government’s decision to close the fund was unlawful.
  • The former minister for disabled people has refused to say whether she will resign from her new post in the same department, after her decision to close the Independent Living Fund was overturned in the court of appeal.
  • Disabled athletes are set to have a new voice near the heart of the British Paralympic Association, after the organisation announced that it was setting up an Athletes’ Commission.
  • People with dyslexia and other learning difficulties are being prevented from qualifying as apprentices because they are not allowed to use assisted technology to help them pass vital English and mathematics tests, according to a disabled peer.
  • A leading disabled people’s organisation is hoping that its move to a new council-run “community hub” will help it deliver a boost to inclusion in local schools and services.
  • The government’s new care bill is unlikely to have a major impact on disabled people’s lives and well-being unless significant new funding is found, say campaigners.

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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