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Ministers have been urged not to drop a Conservative manifesto pledge to get a million more disabled people into work. Charity Mencap have sounded the alarm after there was no reference to the policy in this week's Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's legislative programme. Despite a previous Tory commitment…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
More than 16,500 people and a coalition of 80 charities have signed a letter urging party leaders to put an end to disability benefit cuts. Paralympians Kadeena Cox and Anne Wafula Strike and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills are among those to have signed the open letter to all…
Robert Gordon University (RGU) is set to host a regional child protection event, in partnership with the Child Protection Committees of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. The event – titled ‘Disability and Child Protection’ – will take place on Wednesday 7 June. It will be designed to offer learning opportunities to…
A care time bomb is ticking with the number of older people affected by chronic conditions and disability set to soar in the next eight years, experts have warned. Scientists estimate that by 2025 there could be 2.8 million people over 65 years of age needing care in England and…
Disabled people will be offered internships in the Scottish Government as part of a series of measures to help them into work. The internship programme starts in September and forms part of 120 places offered in the public sector, voluntary and charity organisations and politics. Non-disabled people are twice as…
Two children unnecessarily made to use wheelchairs because their mother "fabricated" illnesses were "neglected" by council social services bosses, a family court judge has said. Judge Vera Mayer said a social worker who worked on the case for six years had demonstrated "alarming ineptitude". The judge has raised concerns in…
The Government has failed to deliver more than £4 billion in planned cuts to disability benefits, new analysis has found. Senior Labour MPs accused the Tories of "creating further waste and expense" with their reforms to the system, forcing further cuts elsewhere in the welfare budget. Office for Budget Responsibility…
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