News round-up, week ending 4 April

News round-up, week ending 4 April

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 refusal of the Department for Work and Pensions to try to assess the impact on disabled people of all of its welfare reforms has been exposed as a sham after new research was announced by the equality watchdog.
  • The government’s highly-politicised programme to reassess every disabled person claiming old-style incapacity benefit has missed its deadline for completion, Disability News Service can reveal.
  • The government has quietly slashed spending on a programme to improve access to rail stations by nearly 30 per cent, Disability News Service can reveal.
  • An inquiry into avoidable deaths of people with mental distress in state detention, fresh work on disability harassment, and an investigation into access to banking services, are among projects to be carried out this year by the equality watchdog.
  • The government’s new disability forum has begun its work with a marathon six-hour meeting, with ministers and civil servants hearing strong messages from campaigners on issues such as independent living, hate crime and segregated services.

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

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