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Disability News: United Kingdom

  • Synopsis: Health and disability news from England and the UK of interest to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

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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:

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.

U.K. Seniors

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.

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Latest UK Disability News Publications

  1. Arson Attack On British Special Needs School Causes £23,000 Worth Of Damage
    Arson attack on school catering for special needs in Lancashire caused up to £23,000 in damage costs, wrecking an outdoor classroom and destroying play equipment.
  2. CSW61: RI Global Advocates for Working Women With Disabilities
    Rehabilitation International ensured women of all abilities had a significant place at the 61st annual Commission on the Status of Women.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Full List of UK Disability News Documents (134 Items)


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