Author: sunilpeck

‘Shocking’ discrimination against benefits claimants

Against a backdrop of government rhetoric demonising people on benefits, disabled benefits claimants have revealed the prejudice and discrimination they face in their daily lives in an online poll, reports Sunil Peck. "He asked if I was in work and I replied that I didn't work and that I received disability benefits," says Danielle Aghanian, … Continue reading ‘Shocking’ discrimination against benefits claimants

Independence is the key for disability history month

Independence is the key for disability history month

With the court of appeal overturning the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund, this year's UK Disability History Month has launched in bullish mood. Sunil Peck reports. The theme of this year's celebration of disability history is the struggle for independent living. 120 allies and campaigners gathered in a community centre in Westminster … Continue reading Independence is the key for disability history month

Rape victim’s double whammy: crime and police indifference

Rape victim’s double whammy: crime and police indifference

The publication of a report into the experiences of victims of crime with mental health issues has highlighted a lack of understanding for their plight and the damaging impact on their lives. Sunil Peck talks to one victim about her nightmare and its aftermath. "He was almost rewarded for raping me and I ended up … Continue reading Rape victim’s double whammy: crime and police indifference

The end of the right to independent living

The end of the right to independent living

The possible closure of the Independent Living Fund would signal a return to institutional culture says Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against Cuts, who also says that the indifference of big disability charities has contributed to the loss of a fundamental right. The ILF was closed to new applicants in December 2010 without consultation or … Continue reading The end of the right to independent living

Independent Living Fund: fight to save ILF goes on

Independent Living Fund: fight to save ILF goes on

Campaigners have vowed to fight on as a high court judge fails to overturn the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund. Activists and users of the Independent Living Fund have told Disability Now that they are pessimistic about a successful appeal following a high court judge's ruling not to overturn the government's decision … Continue reading Independent Living Fund: fight to save ILF goes on