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Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by the Infrastructure Department and helps prevent loneliness among people with mobility problems, learning disabilities, dementia, or serious sight loss. Charity Disability Action…
Labour's next manifesto could include radical plans for a universal basic income (UBI), John McDonnell said. The shadow chancellor said the policy, which replaces means-tested benefits with a flat rate paid to all citizens, was an idea that "a lot of people are pressing for". Supporters of UBI claim it…
Developing countries should fight discrimination against disabled people as a way of combating extreme poverty, the International Development Secretary has said. It is impossible to end the worst human suffering when some of those worst affected are "left out of the deal", Penny Mordaunt said ahead of a major summit…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…
Tens of thousands of disabled people denied welfare benefits due to Government error are to receive additional back-payments totalling as much as £150 million. The payout results from a decision by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to ditch a policy of refusing to reimburse missed payments dating back before…
A "sociable little girl" who has modelled for Boden is set to receive a multimillion pound NHS payout for injuries she suffered during her traumatic birth. Holly Greenhow, now 12, was deprived of oxygen for 35 minutes during her birth at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in November 2005. As…
A diabetic woman has been awarded £2,000 after staff at a concert confiscated her fizzy drink. Kayla Hanna, 20, had been walking into a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Belfast in August 2016 when the incident happened. She said she always carries Lucozade to ensure she can quickly top…
The Government's policies have created a "hostile environment causing grave violations on disabled people", Labour has claimed. Minister of State for disabled people, health and work Sarah Newton appealed to Opposition MPs in the Commons to "stop saying things which they know are not true" during a heated exchange with…
Minister for the Disabled Sarah Newton has suggested MPs ask the Motability charity to help people keep their vehicles during a benefits appeal. It came as MPs heard how a woman lost her life savings because the Department for Work and Pensions "screwed up". Labour former minister Yvette Cooper raised…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has refuted accusations her department routinely scans social media pages to deny benefit claims. Labour MP Anna Turley made the claim in the Commons - suggesting the Department for Work and Pensions look for "evidence of spending patterns" in order to reject benefits. The…
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