Councillor wins battle with parish over failure to provide reading aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘A parish council discriminated against a councillor with visual impairment by failing to provide him with reading aids to carry out his duties. That finding has come following six employment tribunal hearings in Bedford and Huntingdon between November 2015 and May 2016 concerning former Brixworth parish councillor Stephen Pointer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2016

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A part of inclusion? Disabled people and the right to a fair hearing – Cloisters

‘John Horan considers two recent cases that highlighted particular difficulties that disabled people face in obtaining a fair hearing before the courts. Both cases (Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd and Galo v Bombardier Aerospace UK) provide a common-sense framework of considerations which a court or tribunal must bear in mind. The second, Galo, identifies the need for better training for judges and legal practitioners in Northern Ireland as to the requirements of disabled people.’

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Cloisters, 19th July 2016

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Disabled people ‘treated like second-class citizens’ – watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2016 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, news by tracey

‘People with disabilities are being treated like second class citizens, the UK’s equality watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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Why are the police failing too many victims of disability hate crime? – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in assault, complaints, disability discrimination, hate crime, news, police, victims by sally

‘Daniel Smith, an autistic man, was charged with assault by police after an alleged attack on him. His is not an isolated case.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2016

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Supreme Court to hear ‘wheelchair vs buggy’ bus case – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2016 in children, disability discrimination, disabled persons, news, transport by sally

‘A case that will determine whether bus companies should make people with pushchairs and others move from buses’ disabled spaces will be heard at the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2016

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Academy trust faces legal challenge over treatment of disabled pupils – The Guardian

‘Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities are taking legal action against an academy trust for proposing to bus their children from a well-performing school to a worse alternative because of limited resources.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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Allocation schemes and unlawful discrimination – LAG Housing Law

‘Sam Madge-Wyld looks at challenges to housing allocation schemes.’

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LAG Housing Law, 26th April 2016

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You’ve lost that loving Ealing (Sorry) – Nearly Legal

‘Ealing’s allocation policy has already had lawfulness problems, compounded by Ealing’s unlawful refusal to do anything about that unlawfulness. But this judicial review of the policy was on a different basis and confirms a whole fresh ground of unlawfulness.’

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Nearly Legal, 27th April 2016

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Jonas Gutierrez wins discrimination case against Newcastle United – with Alan Pardew criticised – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2016 in cancer, disability discrimination, harassment, news, sport by tracey

‘Newcastle United’s catastrophic season has suffered another humiliating defeat after Jonas Gutierrez won his discrimination case against the club following a battle with cancer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2016

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Equality claims and health regulators – Availability of JR does not oust jurisdiction of ET – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Michalak v The General Medical Council & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 172: This important case deals with the remedies available to individuals who claim to have suffered from discrimination, victimization, harassment or detriment in the treatment they have received from a “qualifications body” under s.53 of the Equality Act 2010 viz. any authority or body which can confer a relevant qualification (e.g. the GMC, ACCA etc.). It also clarifies the understanding of the place of judicial review in the context of internal and statutory appeals in cases of alleged discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th April 2016

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Would-be barrister fails in bid to lift vexatious litigant order – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid by a would-be barrister to lift a decade-old declaration that she was a vexatious litigant, which she said was harming her prospects of becoming a lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 4th April 2016

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Jonas Gutiérrez claims he was ‘frozen out’ by Newcastle after cancer diagnosis – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in cancer, disability discrimination, news, sport by tracey

‘The former Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutiérrez has launched a £2m disability discrimination claim against the club, saying he was dropped as a result of his year-long battle with testicular cancer.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

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Serial killer Joanne Dennehy demands compensation for solitary confinement – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers are using the European Convention on Human Rights in support of the triple murderer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2016

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Disabled people challenge bedroom tax at supreme court – The Guardian

‘The supreme court is to hear a legal challenge against the government’s bedroom tax from five people who argue it discriminates against the weak and vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 29th February 2016

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Bedroom tax challenge success – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 5th, 2016 in appeals, benefits, disability discrimination, domestic violence, housing, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in a conjoined appeal of two of the latest challenges to the bedroom tax/removal of spare room subsidy (delete as you see fit), holding that it was unlawfully discriminatory in its application to 1.A female victim of serious domestic violence living in a home significantly adapted (including the provision of a “safe room”) to ensure her safety in the face of threats from her former partner; and 2. A severely disabled 15 year old boy cared for by his grandmother and her partner, who required a carer to stay in their home two nights per week.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd February 2016

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Man sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for harassing victim because of disability – CPS News Brief

‘A 25 year old man who used social media to harass a man because of his disability has been sentenced to six weeks imprisonment.’

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CPS News Brief, 27th January 2016

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Appeal court rules bedroom tax discriminatory in two cases – The Guardian

‘A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won court of appeal challenges over the lawfulness of the bedroom tax.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2016

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Whistleblower judge: austerity policies have made courts dangerous – The Guardian

‘A district judge who is suing the Ministry of Justice after whistleblowing her complaints about courtroom dangers – death threats, violent claimants and hostage-taking – has spoken out for the first time about her experience of an under-resourced justice system.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2016

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Disabled workers can’t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment – The Guardian

‘Since the government introduced fees for employment tribunals, together with legal aid cuts, disabled people have increasingly been unable to have their cases heard.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2016

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Mortgage possession and disability discrimination – Nearly Legal

Posted January 4th, 2016 in disability discrimination, mortgages, news, repossession by sally

‘This is county court case, but a very interesting one on the issue of disability discrimination in mortgage possession proceedings.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd January 2016

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