Covid and racism commission launched
DR UK Chief Executive Kamran Mallick is to chair a commission exploring the Covid pandemic’s impact on Disabled people and the additional impact of systemic racism which a coalition of disability charities has launched.
MPs warn that social care vision needs cash
MPs have urged the Government to provide significant extra funding for the “ravaged social care sector” this year and in the longer term. The cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee warned in a report that additional funding is needed now if the sector is to meet immediate pressures – including inflation and unmet care needs.
Council adopts novel approach to protect Blue Badge holders
A campaigning group on driving issues for Disabled people has welcomed an initiative that offers first time offenders an educational alternative to prosecution for abusing the Blue Badge scheme.
Council bosses warn of soaring waiting lists for social care
Some 600 people a day are joining growing waiting lists to be assessed for care and support in England, a survey of members of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has found.
Disabled people cutting back on food and essentials
Around four in ten Disabled people are cutting back on food and essentials, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests. The ONS survey revealed that 42% of Disabled people have made such cuts, compared to 31% of non-disabled people.
Debt charities urge Ofgem to protect people with energy debt
The UK’s three largest debt charities have urged the energy regulator Ofgem to urgently improve protections for people in arrears after publishing a briefing highlighting the scale of the challenges many face.
New homes to become more accessible
The Government has published a plan to make newly built homes more accessible. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) was responding to the results of a consultation on standards for new homes. It has committed to increasing the minimum accessibility standard for new build homes.