• Article: Jul 14, 2017

    England's first Disability Pride festival is taking place in Brighton. The one-day festival aims to celebrate and educate people about all physical and mental disabilities.

    The event in New Road is being supported by disability charities Scope and Amaze, and was funded by a £10,000 National Lottery grant.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    The "shocking" case of a man with learning disabilities and terminal cancer has led to a call for the prime minister to appoint a commissioner for learning disabled people's rights. Ian Shaw, 34, spent nine years in secure hospitals before being moved into community care last year. The cancer was found and his parents say the units should have spotted it.

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    Article: Jul 14, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    As part of the Tories' cuts to welfare spending they have tightened the rules for Motability vehicles.

    Under the old rules the test was being unable to walk for 50 metres without help even if this was difficult and painful for you. But this has been cut to just 20 metres and has meant that about half the disabled people who used to get Motability vehicles have lost access to them.

  • Blue Badge Holders not welcome by Southend Tories
    Article: Jul 14, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Blue Badge Holders Hit by Tories

    In their recent budget the Tories who run Southend Council introduced parking charges for those with disabled badges who live outside Southend - even though they said it would not raise much money.

    Lib Dems voted against these petty and spiteful charges.

    Surely it cannot be worth the time and effort of officers making and putting up signage in every car park. It is just shows how obsessed the Tories have become with more and more cuts.

  • Event: Sep 19, 2017 1:00 PM - Sep 23, 2017 1:00 PM

    Tim Farron's first Autumn Conference as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Come and hear him, and participate in some interesting debates, such as Welfare Reform.

  • Article: May 18, 2017

    The former head of the NHS in England, David Nicholson, has today backed Liberal Democrat plans to put a penny on income tax to rescue the health and care service.

    He is amongst a group of 26 leading health experts including the ex-heads of the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of GPs and Royal College of Psychiatrist who all backed the Lib Dem approach in a letter to the Observer.

    The letter states:

    "The human cost of this crisis is already painfully clear. Waiting times are rising, there is particularly poor access for people with mental ill health and operations are being cancelled.

    "For these reasons, we strongly welcome the Liberal Democrats' commitment to raise income tax by 1p, to generate additional, ring-fenced revenue for NHS and social care."

  • Article: May 16, 2017
    By By Chris Bell, UGC and Social News team

    When Steph Clayton's mother, Grace, fell suddenly ill, the new school year had only recently started. A teacher from Sheffield, now 60, she didn't feel she could take time off work. She wasn't with her mum when she died.

    Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to introduce a year's statutory unpaid leave for people to care for relatives. Some have welcomed the move, but others say fundamental issues have not been addressed. Steph told the BBC that she approved of the proposals.

  • Article: May 16, 2017

    A woman who lost her job at a Belfast advice centre has been awarded £18,886 in damages, after being discriminated against. A tribunal found Maria McKeith's dismissal from the Ardoyne Association was linked to her role as primary carer for her disabled daughter.

    This was contrary to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, it said. Ms McKeith worked part-time for the association from 2010 until she was dismissed in March 2015. The tribunal said she had been unfairly dismissed and that the Ardoyne Association "did not put forward any convincing or coherent explanation for its decision".

  • Article: May 16, 2017

    Responding to one of Theresa May's first intereactions of the campaign with a real voter, in which was confronted by a woman in Abingdon over cuts to disability benefits, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Theresa May has shown she just doesn't care about like Cathy who are seeing their benefits slashed and prices rise.

  • Article: May 16, 2017

    This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

    You can't solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.