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Fixers: Finding a job when you're disabled

Now, for many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.

We've been talking to Tommy Gundry from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.

He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.



Councillor's disability comments 'have no place in modern society'

A spokesman for disabled charity Scope described Cllr Collin Brewer's outburst as "outrageous".

He said:

Comments such as this have absolutely no place in modern society and should be consigned to the history books.

To hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office.

Sadly hostility such as this is not uncommon for many disabled people and it is thoughtless comments like this that make it even harder for them to overcome the multiple barriers they face and live their lives just like everyone else.


Disability service calls for Councillor to resign

Disability Cornwall today led the calls for Mr Brewer's resignation.

Theresa Court, advice services manager, said:

I remember him (Mr Brewer) coming over and asking what the stall was about.

I was explaining to him about the parent partnership service when he said disabled children should be put down.

He said they cost the council too much money.

I felt physically sick. I was there with parents of disabled children at the time and I just had to turn my back on him.

He is supposed to be an elected member representing public views and acting on behalf of the public.

How anyone can come out with that is just shocking.


Councillor claims he 'did nothing wrong'

A councillor who said disabled children "should be put down" to save money has apologised - but refused to resign, claiming he "did nothing wrong".

Collin Brewer has complied with standards board orders to apologise but says he has no intention of resigning.

He told the BBC:

Clearly it has gone to the standards board to provide any penalty whatsoever and the penalty they imposed was to write a letter of apology.

I have no intention of resigning. I don't think I have done anything wrong. I have apologised.

I have been a councillor for nearly 26 years. I have always worked to the best of my ability.


Deaf schoolchildren meet their rugby heroes

Exeter Deaf Academy students tried out the hallowed tunnel at Sandy Park

Pupils from the Exeter Deaf Academy have been meeting their rugby heroes at Sandy Park. They watched the Exeter Chiefs in training after their school was selected as a local law firm's charity of the year.

They were given a tour of the stadium and a chance for some autograph-hunting with the stars.

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