Tag: legislation

“Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

As a founder member of the UK disabled people’s independent living movement, John Evans finds nothing to celebrate in the result of the EU referendum. 23 June 2016 will not go down for disabled people in the UK as "Independence Day", as coined by Nigel Farage. In fact, it will go down as the blackest … Continue reading “Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

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

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