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A 38-year-old Down's Syndrome sufferer is to get more than £10,000 compensation from a council after his wife was told to stop having sex with him. Council staff wrote to the woman warning that her that she could be committing a crime if they had sex because he did not…
The number of disabled motorists has fallen by nearly 80,000 in just two years, prompting fresh criticism of Government reforms to disability benefits. Figures show a 6% fall in disabled people receiving an exemption from vehicle tax since 2015, with 1.267 million people now registered. While there is no evidence…
Councils in England are being urged to check their homelessness procedures are fit for purpose, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found significant fault with a Northamptonshire district council. The Ombudsman’s advice follows its investigation into a homelessness complaint from a woman in the Kettering area. The woman…
A severely disabled man is taking his legal battle over cuts to his care package to the Court of Appeal. In the first case of its kind, Luke Davey, 40, is challenging a High Court ruling which upheld Oxfordshire County Council's decision to reduce his weekly personal budget by 42%.…
Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not "shoehorned" back into work as a result of…
Secure "old people's homes with walls" could be built to deal with the rapidly ageing prison population, a watchdog has suggested. Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales, revealed he had put forward the idea of new facilities for older inmates to the Government. He said…
Some disabled and sick people are waiting months to find out whether they will receive NHS funding for their medical needs, a new report shows. Decisions on whether somebody is eligible for continuing healthcare should be made within 28 days, but one in 10 people wait longer than 100 days,…
Benefit claimants are being asked their views on new legislation that will establish Scotland's first welfare system. The Social Security Bill introduced last week will give ministers the power to deliver 11 benefits devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, including disability living allowance, winter fuel payment and the carer's allowance.…
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