Round up of National Disability News

This week’s headlines:

  • Coronavirus: How the government breached disabled people’s rights 17 times during the pandemic
  • Coffey dodges questions from MPs over benefit deaths
  • Coronavirus: Fears over ‘face covering hate crime’ as new laws go live
  • German coach company refuses to accept it is breaking access laws
  • DWP silent as satisfaction with disability benefits slumps
  • Courts not much more accessible than 25 years ago, says campaigner
  • Round-up: Community funding, new special schools, Changing Places… and a new forum
  • The government has confirmed it is creating more than 3,000 places in 35 new special free schools across England.
  • Rail company LNER has been forced to sign a legal agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to improve its services for disabled passengers.
  • The government has hosted the first online meeting of its new Disabled People’s Organisations Forum, nearly four months after it announced it was being set up.
  • The Sentencing Council has published a new document which, for the first time, will provide official guidelines to help magistrates and judges sentence offenders who have mental heath conditions, brain injuries or learning difficulties, or who are autistic.
  • A disabled people’s organisation has secured funding of £220,000 for a project to help isolated young disabled people become more independent.

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NEWS 23 July 2020

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He launched DNS in April 2009 to address the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people.

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