Tag: equality

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

For a short while Ian Macrae entertained the hope that a departmental move might change ministerial attitudes, responsibility and emphasis. There was a brief moment in the breathless days after Theresa May’s accession to the UK premiership when it looked as though a Minister for Disabled People might not have been appointed. Several options were … Continue reading Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Past lessons for future voices

Past lessons for future voices

As a nascent umbrella organisation of disabled people takes its first steps to being our voice, Mike Oliver reflects on what the future needs to learn from the past. A recent conference organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) highlighted the need for a new national umbrella organisation suggesting that the United Kingdom Disabled … Continue reading Past lessons for future voices

DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

The absorption of the DDA into the Equalities Act in 2007 represented dilution of legislation which, despite its weaknesses still managed to achieve change, says Peter White. Twenty years ago I presented my first piece for BBC ONE’s prestigious Six O'clock News. It covered the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and for me, … Continue reading DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

Former Tory says Labour is the way to go

Former Tory says Labour is the way to go

Many disabled people feel that Labour is failing to challenge the harsh cuts to social security and is yet to put forward a more disability-friendly agenda. But support for messrs Miliband, Byrne and Balls has come recently from an unlikely quarter. The only way to avoid descending into a crisis according to former disabled Tory … Continue reading Former Tory says Labour is the way to go

Reclaiming Our futures: a week of direct action

Reclaiming Our futures: a week of direct action

As Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) launches a nationwide week of direct action, Ellen Clifford sets out the agenda for the protests, which also involves alliances with other disabled groups and allies. Last year, through our Anti-Atos Games we highlighted the disgrace of the Atos-run work capability assessment and the shameful treatment of disabled people … Continue reading Reclaiming Our futures: a week of direct action

EHRC’s Disability Committee: end in sight for influencing legislation

EHRC’s Disability Committee: end in sight for influencing legislation

Fears about the future of disability rights have continued to be raised in light of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's plan to disband its statutory body, the Disability Committee. The proposal to replace the statutory body with an advisory one with no legal powers to make decisions on disability-related matters, follows an independent review … Continue reading EHRC’s Disability Committee: end in sight for influencing legislation