News round-up, week ending 9th January 2015

News round-up, week ending 9th January 2015

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

  • One of the leading disabled critics of the government’s welfare cuts and reforms has explained her decision to take a job with the US company taking over provision of the controversial “fitness for work” test.
  • The future of the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has been cast into doubt, after the government claimed it was unable to calculate how much of its budget had been cut since 2012.
  • The minister for disabled people is facing fresh accusations of hypocrisy after calling on disabled people to take part in a survey on access to sports stadiums, despite refusing to answer questions about his own inaccessible constituency office.
  • The minister for disabled people has been accused of an “unbelievable” and “very worrying” failure to prove his claim that disability organisations “agree with the government” on its policy to shut the Independent Living Fund (ILF).
  • Disabled activists have been told to target every single candidate in May’s general election, to demand their backing for the campaign to save the Independent Living Fund (ILF).
  • A disabled campaigner – recognised with an OBE in the latest new year honours list – has finally secured a location for a memorial to those affected by the thalidomide scandal.

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

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