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The Livability #PurpleChallenge

In the run up to party conference season and the general election in May 2015, Livability are encouraging people to show their true colours in support of disability rights by taking part in the Livability #PurpleChallenge. What is it? The aim of the Livability #PurpleChallenge is to help raise awareness of the difficulties that recent policies …

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 ‘Disabled people experiencing fewer opportunities for Independent Living despite Government’s 2008 commitment’ says new report

Disabled people are experiencing diminishing opportunities for independent living, according to a new report published by Disability Rights UK and national charity, In Control. The report entitled  ‘Independent Living Strategy: A review of progress’ examines  the progress of the previous Government’s Independent Living Strategy- five years since it was launched by the Office for Disability …

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How the housing crisis affects those with accessibility issues – Ed Todino in the Guardian

On Monday 28th July, The Guardian published an article by Ed Todino, a social work graduate and wheelchair user, on the difficulties that people with disabilities face when trying to find accommodation. As a new graduate he is keen to move out of his parents’ house and find a place of his own in London, …

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Government report reveals failings of the ‘bedroom tax’

On the day of the Cabinet reshuffle, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published an interim report on the effects of the Spare Room Subsidy, dubbed ‘the bedroom tax’. Since the controversial policy was introduced in April 2013, it has had a disproportionate impact on disabled people, affecting two thirds of households that have disabled …

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New Minister for Disabled People Announced in Government Reshuffle- Mark Harper MP

  On July 15th the Prime Minister, David Cameron, underwent a thorough reshuffle of his cabinet, moving prominent members like Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP and Rt. Hon William Hague MP out and bringing in more women in preparation for the General Election in May 2015. An important change for Livability was the appointment of Conservative …

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UK Government potentially risks violating disabled people’s human rights, says new report

The UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people, according to a new report published by Just Fair, a human rights NGO working to realise the economic and social rights of all. The report entitled Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights …

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Livability students call for education to be a ‘Right not a Fight’

Students from Livability Nash College, Bromley, have added their support to the Natspec campaign (The Association of National Specialist Colleges) in calling for education equality for young people with learning difficulties or a disability. Students from Nash College joined around 100 others from a variety of colleges, charities and campaign groups under the Natspec banner …

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Government to cut Disabled Students Allowance

On April 7th the government announced new changes to Disabled Students Allowance. The government are due to reduce the amount to be paid to students with less severe disabilities. This Friday – June 6th, the National Union of Students (NUS) are coordinating a national constituency-based lobby of MPs – mobilising the public to raise their concerns …

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