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Disability campaigners criticise welfare changes

Disability Rights UK have criticised the Government's plans Credit: PA

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.

– Disability Rights UK

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".

Scope: Two-thirds of disabled adults 'treated differently'

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:

40%
of disabled people say the UK is a good place to be a disabled person
49%
have experienced discrimination in shops, a third (31%) in cinemas and theatre
67%
of the public admit that they feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people
42%
feel they have missed out on a job “every time” or “a lot of the time” because of their disability
250,000
Nearly a quarter of a million disabled people said they had been treated unfairly by an employer
£550
The amount disabled people spend an average on disability related costs
1 in 10
disabled people pay an extra £1000 a month in additional living costs
  • Source: Scope

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Charity: Tourist sites 'not taking accessibility seriously'

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.

A disability charity has found that only one third of top UK tourist sites are wheelchair accessible. Credit: PA Wire

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.

– Chris Simmonds, Vitalise

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.

'Two thirds of UK tourist sites not wheelchair accessible'

Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible, a disability charity has found.

Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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