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- Leading disabled campaigners have welcomed Labour’s plans for “full integration” between the NHS and the social care system, but have raised concerns about putting the NHS in charge.
- A review by the government’s “high street tsar”, Mary Portas, has made it even harder to secure access improvements to local shops for disabled people, according to a leading access consultant.
- A minister has refused to admit that her government has tightened eligibility for support for people with the highest mobility needs, even though her own department’s figures prove that it has.
- A new project could improve augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services “for a generation”, by taking advantage of the government’s major reforms of the NHS, according to a prominent disabled activist.
- New figures show for the first time that a majority of new claimants of out-of-work disability benefits are – eventually – found not “fit for work”.
- New documents published by Disability Rights UK have raised fresh concerns about its financial position, following last week’s announcement of redundancies.
- A minister has revealed which individuals and organisations were given free government tickets to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics.
- A benefits bill that will see disabled people in 3.4 million households across Britain lose out looks certain to become law.