Transport troubles?

Disability discrimination on public transport in the UK

National charity A2BForAll launched a new report this week in support of their campaign to fight the problems that disabled people have when using public transport.

A small online survey that they arranged showed that many disabled people have experienced discrimination or abuse when trying to use buses and trains, and their statistics are backed up by a number of personal stories.

These stories echo the stories that we also hear in Merseyside.

  • taxis that are suddenly busy when a wheelchair appears on the pavement
  • ticket staff who believe that SHOUTING is the only way to communicate with someone with hearing difficulties.

A2B have a number of strategies they are using to try and get changes

  • Collecting more individual stories. It is stories showing the problems of individual disabled people that they need to keep this issue in front of the media and in the in-boxes of MPs 
  • An e-petition. This  calls for a law to establish a Regulator (funded by public transport companies) to insist on training standards, and to investigate these discrimination complaints. They want to make sure that when a particular company has been frequently at fault, this information is taken into account when their contract comes up for renewal . The petition is at
  • Legal action under the Equality Act - they are arranging free consultation with their legal partners for any disabled person who feels they have been discriminated against. Get in touch with them for more information.


MDF in France

Look Beyond Disability


Louise Barry and Chris Wardle from MDF - with Lindsey Sadler, Jackie Le Fevre and Mark Tennant representing North West Disability Infrastructure Partnership - are in Quimper (Brittany) this week as part of the Look Beyond Disability Project which is funded by the European Social Fund's Grundtvig programme.

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Worst is yet to come?

"For disabled people, the worst is yet to come ... ”


That's the gloomy conclusion from a report commissioned by Scope from the think-tank Demos.

It's a study based on just six "typical" families that are affected by the changes in payments and policy relating to disability (so it's easy to dismiss it as not showing the full range of the impact of changes), but each of the "typical" families has shown a loss in benefits support over the eight months of changes and reform.

Read more: Worst is yet to come?

PIP: innocent until proved otherwise?

PIP claimants - will they see "... a respectful and empathetic claims process"?

Don’t expect to see a government press release about the research released yesterday (10/5/12) by the DWP.

The idea was to see how the process of applying for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) -  the payment that replaces DLA from 2013 - could be better designed. The focus groups that were asked about this clearly took the opportunity to express their feelings about the way the DLA process works now, and the researchers felt they had to include that strength of feeling in their results

“It is clear that the majority of current DLA claimants do not feel that they have been treated particularly well in the past, within the application and renewal process and, as a result, they do not expect that they will be treated well when applying for PIP.”

Read more: PIP: innocent until proved otherwise?