Legal for mediation

The Legal Aid Agency have confirmed that from 3 November 2014 both clients coming into mediation will be eligible for a free assessment and a free first mediation session if one party is eligible for legal aid.   This is very good news for clients who are not eligible...
Care Act 2014 Leaflet

Care Act 2014 Leaflet

The Care Act 2014 comes into force in April 2015, and covers care and support for adults and support for carers. The revised Code of Practice has not been published yet, but this leaflet looks at the main areas covered by the new law. You can download a One Voice...
Bus wheelchair access test case

Bus wheelchair access test case

How many wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments have been unable to sit in the area designed for them because pushchairs are taking up all the room? We have heard it from a lot of our members and users that the drivers do not tell the person with the...
ESA – Is the right person assessing you?

ESA – Is the right person assessing you?

Judge Mark in an Upper Tribunal decision on 13th June, (CE/3883/2012 [2013] UKUT 269 (AAC) ) made a ruling that an appropriate medical professional must do the medical assessment of the claimant for his/her evidence to have probative value. In this case, the medical...

Supreme Court decision disaster for equality

From London Disabled People’s Advisory committee: The Supreme Court has ruled in support of Kensington and Chelsea council’s withdrawal of overnight care to Elaine McDonald to save money. This will mean she will have no choice but to wear pads, although this is...

What does Parliament mean by equality?

What  is the likelihood that Parliament is truly commited to equality for disabled people? Even in prison, disabled people are treated worse than other prisoners, and denied basic human rights. An independent prisons inspection team has gone twice to Parkhurst prison...