News round-up, week ending 30 May

News round-up, week ending 30 May

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 government and its contractor Atos Healthcare have strongly denied claims by an alleged whistleblower that civil servants ordered assessors to make it harder for disabled people to claim the coalition’s new disability benefit.
  • The government’s advisers on legal reform have been criticised after backing away from recommendations that would have strengthened the law on disability hate crime.
  • Local councils across England and Wales should be given new powers to ban taxi-drivers from ignoring disabled people who try to hail their cabs, according to a new report from the government’s advisers on law reform.
  • A disabled journalist has gone from novice stand-up to performing at London’s renowned Comedy Store in just two weeks, in a bid to find out whether preconceptions about disabled people affect how funny an audience finds their material.
  • Businesses have an “extraordinary opportunity” to grab a greater market share by becoming more inclusive, according to a disabled social entrepreneur.
  • Technology companies have a major role to play in improving the lives of the one billion disabled people across the world, according to a leading telecommunications analyst.

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

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