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Sir Malcolm Bruce visits Fraerburgh Harbour Master

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Ann Bell MBE are shown developments at Fraserburgh Harbour

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Recent updates

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark, today made a Written Ministerial Statement on the Government's planned reforms to Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA). The statement sets out that proposed changes to DSA will no longer be made this year.

    The Special Educational Consortium (SEC) has been calling for these changes to be suspended because disabled people, and the organisations which represent them, had not been involved in any meaningful discussions on the changes due to be made. SEC argued that if the Government pressed ahead without understanding the full impact of its proposals, it risked undermining its own intention to support disabled young people to reach their full potential. It would also have undermined commitments made during the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    A disabled campaigner had more than £70 a week of her disability benefit stripped from her for three months because she could not attend a back-to-work workshop that a government assessment had already concluded would be inaccessible to her.

    Catherine Hale repeatedly wrote to Work Programme provider Seetec to explain that she would not be able to attend the compulsory workshops unless they were made accessible to her.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    Waterloo is planning to become the first major London rail terminus to switch off its Tannoy, following complaints from passengers and locals that it is making the station too noisy.

    The decision to silence the announcements comes two years after South West Trains spent almost £3million on a new 90-decibel system, comprising 1,000 speakers, which it said would deliver "better and clearer" information.

    The move has angered accessibility campaigners, with one charity for the blind saying it would result in loss of independence for those it represents.

    South West Trains has told passenger groups it is suspending the audio announcements of train information for a two-week trial from October 6.

    The only exception will be a message every 10 minutes targeted at blind and partially sighted passengers, followed by a security message. The Standard understands they will be told: "Visually impaired people please seek assistance from travel information points."

    The Royal National Institute for the Blind has asked South West Trains to scrap the proposal. Fazilet Hadi, director of engagement at RNIB, said: "Any proposal to turn off announcements is wholly unacceptable.

    "Forcing people to seek assistance from travel information points takes away independence and can make journeys harder than they need to be."

    London Assembly transport committee chair, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon said: "This is one of the most absurd decisions by a train company I have ever come across. Visual and audible announcements are vital... and it would be a scandal if such an important station as Waterloo was made inaccessible to any of its passengers."

    A spokeswoman for the South West Trains/Network Rail Alliance said: "We've been engaging with a range of passenger representatives and local residents about London Waterloo station announcements.

    "We understand the diverse needs of customers using our network and are committed to ensuring they can continue to easily access our services."

  • Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Justice Minister David Ford (pictured with Tonya McCormac) is supporting the billboard campaign
    Justice Minister David Ford (pictured with Tonya McCormac) is supporting the billboard campaign

    A campaign to raise awareness of disability hate crime in Northern Ireland has been launched. Leonard Cheshire Disability, which provides voluntary services to people with disabilities, said the reporting of such crimes was "surprisingly low". Last year, 70 disability hate crimes were reported, an increase of 100%.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2014

    Sick and disabled people will still be left waiting six months for vital cash despite a Government pledge to cut waiting times.

    David Cameron's new Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper admitted the system of health assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) is "not in good shape".

    But Labour's Debbie Abrahams slammed the Government for sacking 1,000 of its own workers - including 600 experienced assessors - to save cash.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2014

    This report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit. Whilst we support the principles of universal credit, our analysis shows two important types of problems that will particularly affect disabled people; one relating to work incentives, the other concerning out of work support:

  • Article: Sep 11, 2014

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    parents of Childen with disabilities will find the supermarket run has been made easier thanks to a Crawley family.

    Maria Box, whose son Ryan is autistic, campaigned for safer shopping trolleys to be introduced for children with disabilities.

    As a result of her appeal Sainsbury's has now announced it is going to roll out a brand new trolley for children with special needs by the end of this year, to make the shopping trip easier.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Fibromyalgia is known as a condition that is not life threatening but the suicide potential is not considered.

    How many lives have to be taken? How many families destroyed before the necessary attention is paid to this life-changing condition?

    In the UK, information about how many people with fibromyalgia have been diagnosed is not collected and a recent question by an MP about how many were receiving benefits was deemed too expensive to collate.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Arthritis Care has submitted evidence, based on people with arthritis' experiences, to the independent review of the implementation of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We said:

    o The process of claiming PIP is difficult and very frequently plagued by huge delays, causing serious financial hardship and stress. We called for assessor companies to be financially penalised for delays to claims.

    o The face - to - face consultations frequently fail to take account of how people's arthritis conditions fluctuate, and make it hard to reliably carry out daily tasks. We call for assessors to have better training and guidance on assessing fluctuating conditions.

    o We cited examples of people with very substantial mobility needs being denied the upper rate of mobility payment, resulting in serious hardship: we have previously predicted as much to government, and called for the "20 metre rule" denying entitlement to the upper rate of mobility allowance to those who can able to walk more than 20 metres, to be scrapped.

    o Arthritis Care will follow up with the Department of Work and Pensions to establish if they will make changes to the assessment process following the consultation. If satisfactory changes are not made we will continue to raise this matter with parliamentarians and in the national media.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    A Tory MP came under fire after his car was spotted parked in a disabled bay in central London.

    Right-winger Andrew Rosindell's black 4x4 - embossed with a huge Vote Conservative logo - was next to clear "disabled" markings on the road.

    It follows a similar incident last year involving Tory Chancellor George Osborne's car.

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