disabilities

  • Youth and BAME jobs hit hardest by lockdown

    28 October 2020

    Young people, BAME workers and those on insecure contracts have lost out most as a result of the changing jobs market during the COVID-19 crisis, says new research from the Resolution Foundation.


  • Advocacy services remain crucial despite COVID pressures

    21 October 2020

    Councils must ensure social care providers understand that the legal obligations to refer to advocacy services remain fully in place during COVID, says Jonathan Senker.


  • Seeing social care through a different lens

    12 October 2020

    Social care is much more than elderly people and hospital discharges, says Cllr David Fothergill. Many people are working-age adults with severe learning disabilities, and the Government needs to widen its scope of what care encompasses.


  • Disabled people could be part of the answer to the fostering crisis

    08 October 2020

    Thousands of disabled people could help relieve the long-standing recruitment crisis in fostering if only they are given the chance, says Dr Peter Unwin.


  • Streamline PPE funding for the sake of social care

    22 September 2020

    COVID-19 will continue to severely stretch the financial resilience of providers like Leonard Cheshire and funding must be urgently refreshed and streamlined,  says Hugh Fenn.


  • Fighting for everyone’s rights

    01 July 2020

    Cllr Gavin Harding MBE became the first person with a learning disability to be employed by NHS England. He says councils could do more to employ learning-disabled people in ‘serious roles’. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Redefining what good looks like

    13 November 2019

    Impower’s annual top 10 list is a celebration of strong council performance and, as Jon Ainger explains, many local authorities have stepped up to the challenge.


  • EXCLUSIVE: England's top 10 councils revealed

    12 November 2019

    Calderdale MBC and Oxfordshire CC have clambered their way into consultancy Impower’s list of England’s most productive councils this year, The MJ can reveal.


  • Legal action threatens council income

    16 September 2019

    North Yorkshire CC could lose annual income of £300,000 from home-to-school transport amid a legal threat from a disability rights campaigner.


  • Social workers have a key role in helping disabled people get more active

    25 March 2019

    An evaluation of the Get Yourself Active programme, which sought to identify ways to boost participation of disabled people in sport and physical activity, has concluded that social workers have a key role to play, says Leanne Wightman


  • Councils may have to hand back grant

    11 December 2018

    Some of the extra £55m Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) announced by the chancellor in the Budget may have to be handed back by councils.