Woman’s plea for more access to disabled sister rejected by judge – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2011 in care homes, disabled persons, families, news by sally

“A sister’s long and bitter battle to see more of her severely disabled sibling suffered a devastating blow yesterday when a judge ruled that a local authority-selected nursing home provided the best possible care.”

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The Independent, 1st October 2011

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OFT uncovers ‘unfair’ mobility aid sales practices – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2011 in disabled persons, elderly, news, unfair commercial practices, unfair dismissal by tracey

“Evidence of unfair sales practices targeted at elderly and vulnerable consumers buying mobility aids has been uncovered by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), leading to an investigation into two nationwide traders.”

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The Guardian, 29th September 2011

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Cornwall care abuse victims get £8m compensation – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2011 in assault, compensation, disabled persons, hospitals, learning difficulties, news by tracey

“Adults with learning disabilities at the centre of a care abuse case in Cornwall will receive about £8m in compensation.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2011

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Tales of bullying and abuse ‘prove authorities have failed disabled’ – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2011 in bullying, disabled persons, harassment, news by tracey

“Public authorities are guilty of a ‘systemic failure’ to protect the hundreds of thousands of disabled people who routinely endure harassment or abuse, according to an inquiry. The most extreme cases of abuse, including torture and murder, represent only a small part of the problem, and a ‘cultural shift’ is needed in how disabled people are viewed.”

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The Independent, 12th September 2011

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Policeman used excessive force against disabled student protester, IPCC rules – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2011 in complaints, demonstrations, disabled persons, news, police by sally

“A police officer used ‘excessive force’ in dragging a protester in a wheelchair across a road and Scotland Yard was wrong not to recommend criminal charges against him, a police watchdog has concluded.”

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The Guardian, 24th August 2011

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High Court challenge over Lancashire County Council cuts – BBC News

“Two disabled women are mounting a legal challenge over Lancashire County Council’s decision to cut care services.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2011

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Sophie Clarke’s £5m damages over brain injuries – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2011 in birth, damages, disabled persons, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

“A girl who was born with severe brain damage has been awarded £5m damages from a health board for her care.”

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BBC News, 19th July 2011

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Carer battle over as ex-ballerina loses supreme court fight – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2011 in carers, disabled persons, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

“A former prima ballerina left disabled after a stroke has lost her supreme court battle for an overnight carer to give her ‘dignity and independence’.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2011

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Ex-ballerina Elaine McDonald to hear carer decision – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2011 in carers, disabled persons, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

“A former ballerina from west London left disabled by a stroke is to learn the outcome of her legal battle to get an overnight carer.”

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BBC News, 6th July 2011

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Charities threaten legal action over benefits cuts for disabled – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2011 in benefits, disabled persons, judicial review, news by sally

“The government faces a legal challenge from charities over its plans to cut benefits for disabled people by more than £2bn.”

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2011

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Disability charity mounts court challenge to Jackson reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 1st, 2011 in disabled persons, fees, judicial review, legal aid, news, personal injuries by tracey

“A disability charity has mounted a High Court challenge to oppose government plans to reform ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th June 2011

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High Court dismisses challenges to magistrates’ court closures – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2011 in courts, disabled persons, domestic violence, judicial review, news by sally

“The High Court has rejected legal challenges to the closures of Sittingbourne and Barry magistrates’ courts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th June 2011

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Police are failing people with learning disabilities, says study – The Guardian

“People with learning disabilities continue to be failed by police forces, with many neither properly investigating disability hate crimes or treating victims as credible witnesses, according to a report by Mencap.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2011

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The Revenue tackles offensive labels for disabled in tax law – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in disabled persons, HM Revenue & Customs, mental health, news by sally

“HM Revenue & Customers is looking at how to replace the terms ‘lunatic’, ‘idiot’, and ‘insane person’ in tax law.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2011

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Police wheelchair attack on Jody McIntyre ‘lawful’ – The Independent

“Police officers were justified in pulling a protester from his wheelchair and ‘inadvertently’ hitting him with a baton at the student fees demonstrations, an inquiry has found.”

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The Independent, 27th May 2011

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High Court: Council must not axe care for elderly – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s biggest council has been told its plans to cut care services for elderly and severely disabled people are ‘unlawful’ and must be scrapped, in a landmark High Court judgement with wide-ranging implications for social care.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2011

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Disabled people take anti-cuts protest to the courts – The Guardian

“Disabled people are using the courts to challenge multimillion-pound spending cuts which they say will hit them hardest.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2011

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LSB publishes literature review of legal needs – Legal Services Board

“The LSB has conducted a review of existing research literature into the needs of different groups of legal services consumers. The review summarises the legal needs of a variety of different groups, their methods of accessing legal services and where their needs are not met. The review helps to identify gaps in existing research and will be used to target our future research programme.”

The Legal Needs of Consumer Groups (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Birmingham City Council disabled care limits ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

“Judges have ruled that Birmingham City Council’s plans to limit social care for disabled people are unlawful.”

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BBC News, 20th April 2011

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Oldham woman jailed over ‘disfigured face’ hate attack – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2011 in assault, disabled persons, news, sentencing by sally

“A woman who attacked another woman because she had a facial disfigurement has been jailed for eight months.”

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BBC News, 17th March 2011

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