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Mayoral candidate quits as disabled patron

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The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, has been forced to resign as patron of his local disability charity.

Richmond AID called on him to quit after he voted in favour of Government plans to cut disability benefits.

The charity, run by disabled people in Richmond upon Thames, had demanded the resignation after Mr Goldsmith voted in favour of a "brutal" £30-a-week cut to some claimants' Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

(The cuts) will have a severe and detrimental impact on the lives of disabled people and will make it more difficult for people to find work. We are shocked and disappointed to find that both our local MPs here in the borough of Richmond voted for this cut, one of whom is patron of our organisation. Having voted for this brutal cut we believe that Zac Goldsmith's position as patron is no longer tenable."

– Lucy Byrne, chief executive Richmond AID

Competition to create gadgets to help disabled people in London

A Dragons' Den style competition is being launched to encourage entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help the disabled. The government hopes the £400,000 competition will entice inventors to create new apps and gadgets that will assist disabled people at work, at home and on public transport.

Dan Biddle, who was severely injured by the July 7 terror bombings, went on to create a smartphone app to help disabled people find accessible pubs, restaurants and hotels in London.


Young people show their skills at 'Time to Shine'

Wheelchair basketball was one of the sports on offer. Credit: ITN

120 disabled young people from London went to Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the 'Time to Shine' event. They got to try out lots of different sports at the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.

Playing sitting volleyball. Credit: ITN
Having a go at judo. Credit: ITN
And how about archery? Credit: ITN


Steps to improve disabled access

Transport for London has announced a range of measures to help disabled passengers.

  • 28 Underground and Overground stations to be made step-free over the next 10 years. TfL expect the number of step-free Tube journeys will treble by 2021.
  • More National Rail stations will also be made step-free.
  • Manual ramps will be installed at more stations to allow passengers to board carriages.
  • Spending £18m to ensure 95% of bus stops are easily accessible for wheelchairs by the end of 2016.
  • Spending £50m to train bus drivers on assisting disabled passengers.
  • Improving signs, maps and the TfL website so disabled passengers can find routes they can use.

TfL promises to help disabled to use public transport

Transport for London is promising to make major improvements to the transport system to help disabled passengers. Among the measures being taken are making more Tube and train stations step-free and making bus stops more accessible.

The Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring said many disabled passengers need more advice and information on what facilities are available.

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