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  • DWP to Improve Services for Deaf Claimants

    DWP to Improve Services for Deaf Claimants

    The Department for Work and Pensions has entered into a legal agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to improve their provision for deaf claimants who contact them by telephone. The DWP has committed to an action plan to address problems complainants identified. The EHRC will monitor the action plan on a monthly basis to ensure the agreed steps have been completed.

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  • Legal Action Planned over Managing Pavements Guidance

    Legal Action Planned over Managing Pavements Guidance

    Disabled claimants are preparing to legal action over guidance for councils on managing pavements during COVID-19.
    Two disabled people are raising funds for a legal challenge to Government guidance to local authorities on managing pavements for more walking and cycling during the pandemic. ·They say the guidance , ‘Reallocating road space in response to COVID-19: statutory guidance for local authorities, pays little attention to the needs of disabled people and is mainly concerned with promoting walking and cycling as alternatives to public transport during the pandemic, with only a brief reference to disability.

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  • Inclusive Justice for All

    Inclusive Justice for All

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published the results of their inquiry into whether the criminal justice system treats disabled people fairly. The inquiry particularly focused on disabled people with cognitive impairments, mental health conditions and neuro-diverse conditions finding that the system is not systematically recognising the needs of disabled people. This means defendants and accused people risk not being able to participate properly in the legal process.

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  • Successful Legal Challenge On Priority Online Shopping

    Successful Legal Challenge On Priority Online Shopping

    A Sheffield-based legal firm has launched a campaign to ensure disabled people get priority online shopping places.Fry Law recently won a case taken against Tesco on behalf of a housebound woman who had been unable to secure a slot for her shopping. She accused the supermarket of breaching the Equality Act 2010 for not making reasonable adjustments.

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  • Nina's Victory for Disabled Bus Users

    Nina's Victory for Disabled Bus Users

    Following a successful legal challenge supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Arriva London North Ltd have taken positive measures to support disabled bus users.Drivers will undertake more disability equality training and adopt a pro-active approach to ensuring that disabled people using wheelchairs have access to priority spaces.

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  • Legal Support Project: Help with Transport Discrimination Claims

    Legal Support Project: Help with Transport Discrimination Claims

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission legal support project provides funding and legal assistance to help people who have experienced discrimination to pursue their claims and access justice. They now want to challenge transport operators when they have failed to act on their legal responsibilities.

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  • Know What to Say If You Are Ever Refused An Assessment?

    It’s useful to know that CASCAIDr (the Centre for Adults’ Social Care – Advice, Information and Dispute Resolution )provides online guidance and “Self Help suggestions of ‘What to Say’ in various situations relating to your rights to health or social care services, including if you are refused an assessment of your adult social care needs.

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  • Families in Surrey Challenge Cuts To Special Education

    A group of children with special educational needs and their parents have launched a legal battle to challenge planned cuts which they say will affect them. The families from Surrey have taken their case to the High Court in a bid to stop their local council taking £21m off their budget for services to disabled children.

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  • Consultation on Extending the legal 'Right to Have' a Personal Health Budget

    The government has launched a consultation seeking views on extending the legal rights relating to personal budgets and integrated budgets to more people. The consultation closes on 8th June 2018 .

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