- Synopsis: Health and disability news from England and the UK of interest to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Health and disability news updates and coming events from England and the U.K. of interest to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
In the U.K. Directgov offers disabled people information on independent living, financial support, health and social services, employment and travel.
The U.K. Disability Discrimination Act - The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people still face today.
This Act has been significantly extended, including by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. It now gives disabled people rights in the areas of:
- Access to goods, facilities and services, including larger private clubs and transport services
- Buying or renting land or property, including making it easier for disabled people to rent property and for tenants to make disability-related adaptations
- Accessing everyday goods and services like shops, cafes, banks, cinemas and places of worship
- Accessing or becoming a member of a larger private club (25 or more members)
- Accessing the functions of public bodies, like the issuing of licenses for example
The Act requires public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. It also allows the government to set minimum standards so that disabled people can use public transport easily.
Employers in England will no longer be able to force workers to retire before 65, unless they can justify it. The government has announced that firms will be barred from 2006 from imposing arbitrary retirement ages. Under age discrimination proposals from the Department of Trade and Industry workers are allowed to work on till 70 if they wish. Many retired people in the U.K. do not claim all the benefits that they are entitled to. Benefit rules are not needlessly generous so if you qualify for any help you should take up your entitlement. There are two main types of benefits: means tested and non means tested.
Statistics: Quick U.K. Disability
- The most commonly-reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying.
- The North East of England has the highest proportion of disabled people, accounting for 22 per cent of the population.
- There are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability - 45 per cent are males - 55 per cent are females.
- The prevalence of disability rises with age. Around 6% of children are disabled, compared to 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over State Pension age.
Latest UK Disability News Publications
- Manchester United Confirms Stadium Accessibility Upgrade Plans
Manchester United confirms plans for improvements to Old Trafford's provision will include installation of new wheelchair user platforms, widening of vomitories, and new amenity seats for disabled supporters.
- We Sign Cafe - Starbucks UK Baristas Raise Awareness of Deaf Culture
Customers who participate in We Sign Cafe enjoy using their sign language skills to place an order or extend a greeting.
- Kingston Lacy in Dorest Becomes National Trust Site to Secure Off-road Wheelchairs
The MT Push provides inclusive access to a wide variety of terrain such as uneven pathways, grass, sand, mud and snow.
- Mars Chocolate UK Launches Billboard in London for World Braille Day 2017
Mars Chocolate UK launches one-off special build billboard in London to mark World Braille Day 2017.
- Groups Urge Theresa May Not to Scrap Human Rights Act
Letter asking the U.K. Prime Minister to abandon plans to scrap the Human Rights Act has been signed by 164 organisations.
Full List of UK Disability News Documents (132 Items)