Two in five disabled people conceal their impairments because of poor attitudes from the public, a new report says.Read the full story ›
Committee of MPs finds claimants not receiving "acceptable level of service" with up one in five reports sampled "below required standard".Read the full story ›
Disability rights campaigners have poured doubt on the Government's plans to change the welfare payments system.
Proposed changes to the eligibility criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - to be implemented in January - are "not needed", according to Disability Rights UK.
In a statement on its website, the charity said the changes earmarked would make it harder for many disabled people to qualify for PIP in future.
The organisation described the current PIP assessment as failing to consider the extra costs for housebound people who will have higher heating bills, or those with incontinence who will have bigger water bills due to washing their clothes more often.
We would like to see an assessment which accurately reflect these additional costs.
However, the current system represents a significant improvement over all of the suggested options in the consultation.
PIP needs change, but PIP does not need this change.
Meanwhile, the MS Society said the changes could be "devastating" for multiple sclerosis suffers and would "fail some of the most vulnerable people in society".
Up to 640,000 people could be impacted by changes to welfare payments as the Government hopes to save £1.2 billion.Read the full story ›
The disabled charity Scope has exclusively revealed to ITV News that two-thirds of disabled adults say they are still treated differently, 20 years after the Disability Discrimination Act.
It also reveals:
- Source: Scope
The number of thefts of blue disability badges has more than doubled in a year, according to Local Government Association figures.Read the full story ›
A disability charity which has found that only one third of top UK tourist sites are wheelchair accessible said tourist attractions are not taking the issue seriously.
Vitalise's chief executive Chris Simmonds said: "The results of our survey show too many of Britain's tourist attractions are not taking accessibility seriously. That has got to improve."
These venues need to work just as hard on how they communicate essential accessibility information to people with disabilities. Our own research shows two thirds of disabled people decide against visiting attractions because of a lack of clear information about how accessible it is.
Vitalise, which provides short breaks for disabled people and their carers, asked 100 tourist destinations to provide information about their accessibility. Two thirds of those who replied admitted they were not fully accessible.
Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible, a disability charity has found.
Vitalise, which provides short breaks for disabled people and their carers, asked the top 100 tourist destinations as rated by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions to provide information about their accessibility, receiving just 52 replies.
Of those, 33 were admitted they were not fully accessible to wheelchair users, while 13 had no disabled car parking spaces and the same number did not advertise the information on their websites.
The Local Government Association has said that Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Plymouth Council and Hull City Council recently secured their first prosecutions against fraudsters. Manchester City Council has a 100% conviction rate with more than 500 prosecutions in the past five years.
It is shocking how low some people are stooping in order to con a few hours of free parking, including using a dead relative's blue badge or leaving a disabled parent trapped in their home.
Councils are determined to do everything in their power to protect the quality of life for our disabled and vulnerable residents.
Councils are also using new powers to seize and confiscate badges suspected of being used illegally and some have set up specific enforcement teams to tackle blue badge fraud.