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Is the government’s failure to communicate with disabled people an oversight or a deliberate pattern of behaviour?

Yesterday it was revealed that the government has once again failed to communicate with disabled people on one of the issues that affects us most of all, benefit sanctions. It has indefinitely postponed an investigation into the alleged link between the deaths of benefit claimants and DWP policy without consulting its own advisory committee comprised […]

NHS England’s Visitor Guidance – Update

Written by Fleur Perry, 12/6/2020 New guidance by NHS England allows PAs, but doesn’t mention disabled people, and sparks petition for disabled people to be consulted on all new NHS policies. Petition here! The original guidance barred visitors, but allowed limited exceptions. This meant many disabled people could not be accompanied to hospital by someone […]

NHS England’s Visitor Guidance – One Page Briefing

Guidance that some have called “dangerous and discriminatory” has been published by NHS England. It bars visitors, but allows exceptions for end-of-life care, a parent of a child, a birthing partner, or where the visitor will be contributing to meeting a person’s mental health needs. This is the one: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/visitor-guidance/  This means disabled people who have […]

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