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Open letter from mental health activists probes charity’s links to DWP

Disabled activists have called on the charity Mind to explain how seconding a senior member of staff to work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the last year has affected mental health service-users.

MPs launch inquiry into online abuse of disabled people, following Katie Price petition

Disability hate crime campaigners are to give evidence to MPs next month as part of a new inquiry into the online abuse of disabled people.

More than 220,000 people scored zero on disability benefits test

Concerns have been raised over the number of people being scored ‘zero’ in assessment for disability benefits.

Blue badge scheme could be extended to cover autism and dementia

People with hidden disabilities such as dementia and autism could be given blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals.

Educational support for deaf children in England 'in complete disarray'

Educational support for England’s 45,000 deaf children is “in complete disarray” with a dwindling number of specialist teachers struggling to meet growing demand, according to research.

Esther McVey makes disability benefits U-turn over payments

Up to 164,000 people are in line for increased disability benefits after ministers gave in to a high court ruling that said government policy had been “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions.

New year’s honours recognise campaigners, inventor and Paralympians

Disability rights campaigners, an inventor and a Paralympic athlete are among the disabled people recognised in the latest new year’s honours list.

Women and disabled people hit hardest by years of austerity, report confirms

Disabled people, single parents and women have been among the biggest losers under seven years of austerity, according to a report by the equalities watchdog.

Disabled woman takes DWP minister to court over PIP mental health changes

A disabled woman is taking work and pensions secretary David Gauke to court over “unfair and discriminatory” changes that were made to a disability benefit.

Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted calls for employers to create environments where disabled people are more comfortable “coming out”.