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Rogue websites target Blue Badge applicants

Parking reserved for Blue Badge holders Credit: ITV News Meridian

There's a warning about fraudulent websites claiming to deal with Blue Badge parking permits.

West Sussex County Council has received complaints from people who've paid excessive amounts rather than just £10 to cover the application.

We advise anyone applying or renewing a Blue Badge to use the Council’s or the Government’s official website.

Using a copycat website may result in your data being sold on to third parties. To ensure that you and your data is safe, always use an official ‘.gov.uk’ website.”

– Richard Sargeant, Trading Standards Team Manager

Disabled children 'deprived of opportunities'

The chance to play is vital for any child growing up - it's how they develop and form relationships.

Yet a report released by the national charity - Sense - says young disabled children are being deprived of opportunities to play in their local community - because the facilities just don't exist.

Their report was presented in Parliament by the former Home Secretary David Blunkett, alongside a family from Sussex. Andy Dickenson reports.

Disability centre celebrates 25 years since Diana opening

25 years ago today, Princess Diana visited Eastbourne to open a pioneering development in assisted living.

Shinewater Court has since been a home for dozens of people with severe and complex disabilities, two of whom have been married, many others exceeding expectations.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to service manager Carol Wade and residents Graham and Jane Thompson.

Wanted: disabled people to train as gym instructors

A project to train disabled people to work as gym instructors has been so successful, it's being rolled out again in Kent this summer. The spinal injuries charity Aspire, which runs the scheme, is now appealing for more people to join up.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to fitness instructor Tom Ervin, from Maidstone, and InstructAbility project manager Hilary Farmiloe.

The course is free for unemployed, disabled people over 16 and is taking place in Ashford in May. To find out more click here.

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Mother 'chooses between heating and eating'

The mother of a little girl with a serious heart condition says she is being forced to choose between heating her home and eating after one of her financial lifelines was cut.

Catherine Halliday from Sheerness has been told she is no longer entitled to the £200 a month disability living allowance for her daughter, who struggles to eat and breathe. Andy Dickenson reports.

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