Tag: disability rights

Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Whether it’s in, out, leave or remain, Ruth Patrick says that disabled people’s voices and our issues have been largely missing from the arguments either way. Nestled between a pile of takeaway menus and a reminder about an overdue library book, today’s postal offerings included a missive from Jeremy Corbyn asking me to vote remain … Continue reading Unheard voices in EU referendum debate

Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Dr Lin Berwick has high support needs, which up till now have been met by the use of 24/7 home care. But following the introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year she’s been alarmed to discover that her care package is unravelling. Let me make it absolutely clear, I have always tried … Continue reading Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

While Andy Rickell praises the principled stance of one politician, he still fears the law of unintended consequences when it comes to residential care. Rarely will you hear me praise any politician because rarely do they stick their neck out for a policy that would truly improve disability equality. So step forward Norman Lamb MP, … Continue reading Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Past lessons for future voices

Past lessons for future voices

As a nascent umbrella organisation of disabled people takes its first steps to being our voice, Mike Oliver reflects on what the future needs to learn from the past. A recent conference organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) highlighted the need for a new national umbrella organisation suggesting that the United Kingdom Disabled … Continue reading Past lessons for future voices