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An amnesty on care equipment has been launched in the Scottish Borders with people being urged to hand in items they no longer need. The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership, working with council-owned social care provider SB Cares, hopes to recycle and re-issue the items. Walking and bathing…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
A severely disabled man fears losing long-term carers after the Court of Appeal upheld cuts to his care funding, say his lawyers. Luke Davey, 41, had attempted to overturn Oxfordshire County Council's decision to reduce by 42% his weekly personal budget which funded a round-the-clock care package including the wages…
A severely disabled man has lost his battle in the Court of Appeal over cuts by a local authority to his care funding. Luke Davey, 41, was seeking to overturn Oxfordshire County Council's decision to reduce by 42% his weekly personal budget, which provided a 24-hour care package. Three appeal…
Britain's record on disability rights has been strongly criticised by the UN. The organisation's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) expressed serious concern about higher levels of poverty among the disabled, an increase in hate speech and bullying, and the number of people institutionalised in the UK.…
Almost one in three people with multiple sclerosis who received the highest rate of Government support have had their payments downgraded or denied after being reassessed for a new disability benefit, figures show. The MS Society found that people with the disease have received at least £6 million less since…
The chairwoman of a United Nations committee has accused the Government of creating a "human catastrophe" for disabled people in the wake of cuts. Policies pursued by the Government have "totally neglected" the vulnerabilities faced by disabled people, according to Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN's Committee on the Rights…
A senior MP has called for an urgent review of assessments for disability benefits, amid warnings people are having their payments withdrawn incorrectly and are being forced to use food banks. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions select committee, has written to ministers saying the current process fails…
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