News round-up, week ending 25 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.
- The NHS trust at the centre of a day centre abuse scandal has denied ignoring whistleblowers who tried to raise concerns about poor standards – months before the regime was finally exposed.
- The NHS trust at the centre of a day centre scandal is guilty of “morally unjustifiable acts that verge on criminality”, according to the step-father of one of the survivors of the abuse.
- The public spending watchdog has launched an investigation into claims of fraud by a company paid to find jobs for disabled people.
- A disabled activist is considering appealing after a court rejected his claim that a government consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for its new disability benefit was unfair and unlawful.
- The chancellor is facing allegations of “astounding hypocrisy” after being pictured handing a disabled man the keys to a Motability car, despite being responsible for slashing spending on the disability benefit used to lease such vehicles.
- Tributes have been paid after the death of Caroline Gooding, an “inspired” campaigner and activist who “helped make Britain a more inclusive place”.
- Disabled people are experiencing “diminishing opportunities” for independent living under the coalition, according to a new report by one of the architects of the last government’s independent living strategy.
- A new report by MPs that calls for a “fundamental redesign” of the much-criticised process used to determine eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits does not go far enough, say disabled campaigners.
- France’s top football club has been ordered to close part of its stadium for its next home game in European competition, as punishment for the “discriminatory” behaviour of some of its fans towards disabled Chelsea supporters.
- Disabled campaigners who protested outside the House of Lords have explained why they are so alarmed by the possibility of assisted suicide being legalised for the first time.
- Disabled peers have spoken out to oppose – but also support – a new bill that would legalise assisted suicide for some terminally-ill people.
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