Court of Appeal rejects challenge to closure of passenger transport unit – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 21st, 2015 in appeals, community care, disabled persons, local government, news, transport by sally

‘A city council has successfully defended in the Court of Appeal its decision to close its passenger transport unit (PTU) and make alternative arrangements for users.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th January 2015

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Disabled tenants to challenge bedroom tax in supreme court – The Guardian

‘A legal case to be heard at the supreme court will decide whether the government’s housing benefit regulations – the bedroom tax – discriminates unfairly against disabled adults. The ruling could have consequences for hundreds of thousands of people.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2015

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Call for publication of review into man who killed himself after benefits cut – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2015 in benefits, disabled persons, disclosure, inquiries, mental health, news, reports, suicide by sally

‘The sister of a partially sighted man who killed himself after his benefits were cut is calling on the UK government to publish details of its review into his case, one of 60 internal investigations of suicides linked to benefit changes it has carried out since 2012.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2015

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Supreme Court homeless appeals – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Three landmark appeals being heard this week should clarify who is ‘vulnerable’ and entitled to priority rehousing by local authorities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th December 2014

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Learning difficulties assessments – High Ct judgment – Education Law Blog

‘The introduction of EHC plans for some 16-25 year olds was one of the most important changes to SEN in the Children and Families Act 2014. Under the previous regime, a special educational needs statement could not provide for a young person to attend further education or higher education. Even if the child remained in a school setting post-16, the statement would lapse (if the local authority had not already ceased to maintain it) when the young person turned 19, although the local authority could choose to maintain it until the end of that academic year. Young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who were moving into further education, training or higher education received instead a learning difficulties assessment. This assessment would result in a written report of their educational and training needs and the provision required to meet them (“the LDA”). Any challenge to an LDA was by way of judicial review (as, in contrast to the position for challenges to the contents of SEN statements, there was no statutory right of appeal to the tribunal). That is all changing, with the introduction of EHC plans, which can continue until the young person reaches the age of 25, which can include further education provision (but still not higher education) and which can be appealed to the tribunal. Whilst EHC plans were introduced on 1 September 2014, there is a fairly lengthy transition period and so LDAs will be with us for a little longer yet.’

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Education Law Blog, 16th December 2014

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Deaf couple and their son face jail after conning taxpayers out of £900,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2014 in benefits, council tax, disabled persons, fraud, news by sally

‘The couple are said to have funded a luxury lifestyle of holidays and jewellery with ‘scandalous ease’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2014

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to key test on homelessness and vulnerability – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week hear three cases where homeless applicants for housing assistance are seeking to challenge the Pereira test of vulnerability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2014

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Independent Living Fund closure ruled lawful – BBC News

‘A government decision to close a fund that helps disabled people to live and work in the community has been ruled lawful by the High Court.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2014

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First Bus wins wheelchair court judgement – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2014 in damages, disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, news, transport by sally

‘Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges ruled.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2014

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Bijan Ebrahimi death: 16 police staff face charges – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in disabled persons, disciplinary procedures, homicide, news, police, victims by sally

‘Sixteen people from a single police force face criminal and disciplinary charges after the cries for help from a disabled man wrongly accused of paedophilia and killed by a drunken vigilante were allegedly ignored in the days before his murder.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2014

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Drive to end Winterbourne View-style care going backwards, official report shows – Daily Telegraph

‘Report commissioned by NHS calls for closure of all Winterbourne View-style institutions for disabled patients but Chief Nursing Officer insists complexity of cases leading to slow progress.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2014

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County loses appeal over support for disabled Roma child who moves out of area – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 26th, 2014 in appeals, children, disabled persons, gipsies, local government, news by sally

‘A county council has lost a Court of Appeal bid to overturn a ruling that the authority had the power to provide support for a disabled child even when his Roma Gypsy family are working in different parts of the country and outside its borders.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2014

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Two cab drivers guilty of refusing to pick up blind man and guide dog – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2014 in disabled persons, equality, news, prosecutions, taxis by tracey

‘A blind man who was left standing in the pouring rain when two cab drivers refused to transport his guide dog has welcomed the decision to prosecute the pair so that “other people will not have to suffer”.

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2014

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Employment tribunal did research on Wikipedia “to help litigant in person” – Litigation Futures

‘An employment tribunal which decided to carry out its own internet research, apparently to help a litigant in person, has been condemned by Mr Justice Langstaff, president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).’

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Litigation Futures, 20th November 2014

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Tania Clarence sentenced: Husband of depressed New Malden mother who killed children criticises medics for ‘pressuring family to submit to operations’ – The Independent

Posted November 19th, 2014 in disabled persons, families, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

‘The husband of a depressed mother who killed her three young disabled children has criticised medical professionals for the “constant pressure” placed on the family to “submit the children to operations and other interventions”.’

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The Independent, 18th November 2014

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2014 Update: Focusing on Legal Status, Disability and Flexible Working – Cloisters

‘Once employment protection was focused upon conventional patterns of work – open-ended, regular full-time jobs with a single employer. Our norms have now moved on. Recent developments reflect this. It has never been more important to pinpoint the underlying prerequisites for the existence of a contract of employment.’

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Cloisters, 20th November 2014

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Disabled man forced off bus by refusal to move pram sparks equality test case – The Guardian

‘A woman’s refusal to move a pushchair with a sleeping baby from a bay on a bus used by wheelchair passengers – causing a disabled man to have to leave the vehicle – is at the centre of a test-case legal battle in the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2014

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Firms’ disability access ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2014 in disabled persons, equality, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘The government is writing to a string of high street chains urging them to improve after a BBC London investigation revealed a “depressing” failure to accommodate disabled people.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2014

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‘Quadriplegic’ conman Alan Knight jailed for four and a half years – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2014 in disabled persons, forgery, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A fraudster who allegedly pretended to be a quadriplegic and in a coma for two years to evade justice has been jailed for four and a half years.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Prisons struggling with old, sick and disabled people, says charity – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2014 in disabled persons, elderly, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are struggling to cope with the growing numbers of old, sick and disabled people behind bars, according to a prison charity.’

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The Independent, 28th October 2014

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