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Specially adapted bikes destroyed in arson attack

Specially adapted bikes used by disabled children have been destroyed in an arson attack in Tameside. Police say a trailer storage unit at the community centre on Lower Bennett Street was deliberately set alight.

The trailer contained 29 specially adapted bikes. The total cost of the damage is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. Two boys, aged 12 and 13 have been arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed pending further enquiries.

North West firms urged to employ more people with disabilities

A conference has taken place in Manchester aimed at getting more disabled people into the workplace.

There are currently half a million people with disabilities in the North West who are unemployed.

The event was about encouraging more employers to hire disabled people - and showcasing their huge value to the regional economy.

It was hosted by the Falklands veteran Simon Weston.

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The Personal Independence Payment scheme

  • The personal independence payment scheme is being introduced for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.
  • From today, it will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. It will be rolled out nationally from June.
  • Currently, there are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving it.
  • Some people may require an assessment to work out the level of help needed.
  • Most people currently getting DLA will not by affected by the change until 2015, according to the government.

Decision day for Wirral day-centre closure

Campaigners fight to keep centres open

Campaigners fighting for the future of day-centres for adults with disabilities in Wirral will plead with the council today to keep them open.

Wirral council is planning to shut either Moreton, Heswall or Eastham day-centre as part of a package of measures aimed to saving almost 40 million pounds.

A final decision is due to be made at a meeting later.