I Complained Against Atos and Won

Not so long ago, I received the dreaded brown DWP envelope. Fully expecting yet more bad news, I tore open the envelope ready to rip up the letter and fling it in the bin. The letter informed me that in light of my second complaint against my second assessment together with new medical evidence, the DWP was now awarding me

A New Type of Political Activism

I have been involved as a campaigner in almost every General Election since 1974. But this campaign has been different. It has left the country in a state of great unease. The minority Tory government is still in fractious talks with the DUP, an arrangement that I believe is doomed to failure. One of the differences in the recent election

Council Silent on At Risk Changing Places Unit

As I wrote earlier this year, a pioneering Changing Places toilet was at risk of being flushed away in council cutbacks. Following feedback received as a result of this article, I contacted departmental management from within Kirklees Council with the following questions: Firstly, are you able to provide a statement on the future of the flagship Changing Places provision within

And the nation voted for…

… the Conservative Party. What does this mean for disabled people? In our Q&A, the Conservatives promised to: – strike a new deal with councils and housing associations- giving them funding, support and new powers to build a new generation of homes for social rent – get one million more people with disabilities into work over the next ten years

Thursday: Your Vote, Your Decision

As you may have noticed, there’s a General Election on Thursday. Some of you may have already sent in a postal vote, but for everyone heading down to their local polling station, we’ve produced this handy trouble-shooter. I don’t know who to vote for Take a look at our Q&As with Labour, the Lib Dems, the Conservatives and the Green

The Labour Party Answers Your Questions

What will you do to address the chronic shortage of accessible and adaptable affordable housing and make sure that everyone has the right in legislation and in practice to a safe and suitable place to live? Under the Tories, there is a national housing crisis with the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s, and a ballooning

The Liberal Democrats Answer Your Questions

What will you do to address the chronic shortage of accessible and adaptable affordable housing and make sure that everyone has the right in legislation and in practice to a safe and suitable place to live? Everyone deserves a decent home that they can afford and that meets their needs, and yet this simple ambition is getting further and further

The Conservative Party Answers Your Questions

Having a disability should not dictate somebody’s path in life. What should count is a person’s talents, ambitions and their determination to succeed. We are bold in our ambition. I believe that we must challenge the attitudes, prejudices and misunderstandings that have become engrained in many of the policies and minds of employers and in wider society. What will you

The Green Party Answers Your Questions

What will you do to address the chronic shortage of accessible and adaptable affordable housing and make sure that everyone has the right in legislation and in practice to a safe and suitable place to live? Significantly improve housing choice for D/deaf, disabled and older people by requiring all Councils to appropriately plan for their Housing needs by creating a

Who Gets Your Vote?

It’s almost time for the British public to decide what they want from the next 5 years of government. Another 5 years of the Conservatives; the Labour opposition in charge; or something totally different. On Thursday 8th June, your vote is your chance to have your say on what you want. But how to choose who to vote for? We