News round-up, week ending 8 August

News round-up, week ending 8 August

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 care watchdog is facing allegations of a cover-up, after refusing to answer key questions about how it dealt with the fall-out from a day centre abuse scandal.
  • A police force has been criticised by a watchdog for the fourth time in three years over its policies and procedures on disability.
  • Disabled sports stars and campaigners have praised Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, pointing to impressive levels of access and the successful integration of mainstream and para-sports events.
  • Three disabled people have won permission for a new legal attempt to derail the government’s planned closure of the Independent Living Fund.
  • Only a small proportion of local authorities in England have put plans in place to ring-fence the money they will receive when the government shuts down the Independent Living Fund next June, according to a new survey.
  • A UN committee is set to postpone its public examination of how the UK is implementing the disability convention until after next year’s general election.
  • The government should scrap laws that force people with mental distress to be treated against their will in their own homes, according to leading disabled campaigners.
  • Disabled people’s organisations are in danger of becoming “servants” of their local authorities, as the government encourages them to compete for the right to provide council services, a user-led forum has warned.

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

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