The government has been criticised by the UKs hum

The government has been criticised by the UKs hum

first_imgThe government has been criticised by the UK’s human rights watchdog over its record on protecting the rights of disabled people, for the second time in just 12 days.Last week, Disability News Service revealed how the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had been snubbed by the minister for disabled people after raising serious concerns about her government’s response to a report that found it guilty of “grave or systematic” violations of the UN disability convention.Now EHRC has submitted a report to the UN on the UK’s progress towards meeting its international human rights obligations across that and other conventions.EHRC said its report – submitted in advance of the UK government being questioned about its progress by the UN Human Rights Council in May, as part of a five-yearly examination process – provided a “worrying assessment” of human rights protections across Britain.The report says the government’s social security reforms have had a “particularly disproportionate, cumulative impact” on disabled people’s rights to independent living and an adequate standard of living.The report also highlights how access to civil justice has “deteriorated significantly” since the UK’s last “universal periodic review” by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.David Isaac (pictured), EHRC’s chair, says in the report that disabled people have been hit by “a perfect storm of changes” to their social security entitlements, which the UN has found to be “in breach of their rights to an independent and adequate standard of living”.EHRC also calls in the report – as it has on several previous occasions – for the UK government to assess the cumulative impact of such reforms when taking future spending decisions, so that life for disabled people “is not made even harder”.Isaac said that, as a result of legal aid cuts in England and Wales – through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) – and higher employment tribunal fees, there was evidence that disabled people and others were being “priced out of justice”.Since the new tribunal fees were introduced, disability discrimination cases had fallen by 59 per cent, he said.The report calls on the UK government to commission independent research on the equality and human rights impacts of LASPO on disabled people, ethnic minorities, children and women, and to “mitigate adverse impacts” from higher employment tribunal fees.Among other recommendations, the report calls on the UK government, and the Scottish and Welsh devolved governments, to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and the other six “core” human rights conventions the UK has ratified – into domestic law.It also calls on the UK government to provide regular estimates of the gaps in hourly pay for disabled workers when compared with non-disabled workers.And it calls on the UK and devolved governments to address the “educational attainment gaps” experienced by children with special educational needs.EHRC commissioner Lorna McGregor said: “These are uncertain times and we find ourselves at a crossroads, with decisions taken now deciding if we will still be seen as a global leader in human rights in decades to come.“This report shows a worrying lack of progress, with society’s most vulnerable and marginalised in danger of being left behind. “Our report is solutions-focused and we have made 30 recommendations that we hope the UN will accept and all governments in the UK will act on.”last_img read more

OUR longest standing sponsor Hattons Solicitors is

first_imgOUR longest standing sponsor Hattons Solicitors is sponsoring this Friday’s match with Hull KR – and they have an amazing competition to offer Saints fans.You can win a VIP evening at Haydock Park Racecourse on Friday August 9.This prize includes a fabulous three-course meal for four people in Harry’s Bistro for an evening of exciting racing and live music from singing sensation Rita Ora.The urban star, who had three number one singles last year and saw her debut album Ora top the charts too, will entertain crowds after an evening of top class racing.This prize, worth nearly £600, includes:Premier Enclosure Entrance BadgeLuxury Three Course MealRacecardRacing Paper ( one per table)Reserved table for the dayReserved Car Park PassClick here to find out full details and how to enterIt’s completely free to enter so why not enter today?You just need to sign up to Hattons Gold, which is free, and then you’ll be sent a welcome email, followed by another the next day which will include the link to enter the competition.If you have any questions about this competition email [email protected]last_img read more

The highlights of the clash are one of the most po

The highlights of the clash are one of the most po

first_imgThe highlights of the clash are one of the most popular videos on our YouTube channel – but now the focus is squarely on the trip to Headingley Carnegie.“It was a fantastic finish to a game and at full time the atmosphere was electric … and so it should be with a finish like that,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “To win like that off the final play of the game doesn’t happen often. I don’t want to play it down, it was fantastic and a great finish.“I told the players to enjoy it as in years to come people will remember it. It was ‘never write off the Saints’ and that is something that is spoken about all the time here.“Of course, we don’t want to rely on a finish like that too often. While I thought we played ok in the first half, and could have been up 14-2 at the break, Salford dominated the second until the last seven or so minutes so we cannot afford to put ourselves in that position too many times.“It’s great to know no matter what is happening out there we can still be good enough to win.“Good players rise to the top when you need them. Regan Grace (pictured) scored a great try, Matty Smith kicked that field goal … and when you see how quick Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) thought to throw theball on the siren … they are big moments in games. Good players get the job done and I was really happy for them.”He continued: “Leeds are having a good season. They sit third in the table and are in the Challenge Cup Semi Final. We will have to play well to beat them. Of course we know their threats, their second phase play is strong and we will have to defend well.“But it’s about our own game too. We have to keep improving with the ball. We are showing signs of it but we have to do it for longer periods.“We know we have a lot of work to do.”Justin also gave an update on Ben Barba who is in his second week at the club.“As soon as I can play Ben I will,” he continued. “He has done a lot of skill work with the players and it is great to have him here. He is setting a good example and it will good when we get him on the field.”Tickets remain on sale for Thursday’s game from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Members can take advantage of FREE coach travel too, whilst non Members can also enjoy coach travel for just £5.last_img read more

Caritas facility to receive funding for refurbishment

Caritas facility to receive funding for refurbishment

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> One of Caritas Malta’s facility’s is about to receive much needed funding for its refurbishment.The male quarters of the San Blas San Blas Therapeutic Community Centre in Zebbug, will be renovated thanks to funding from, ‘The Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Community’The project will by fully funded by the collaboration, to help to drastically improve the building and amenities at the Centre, which provides drug rehabilitation programmes to its residents. The building has housed the centre for the past 30 years.This will be the latest project which the collaboration has supported over the last five years.Commenting on the news, Caritas Director Anthony Gatt explained that, ‘The San Blas Therapeutic Centre offers a safe and secure environment 24 hours a day. Rehabilitation does not just restore the physical body but holistically helps the person to heal and grow psychologically, emotionally and socially. Mind body and spirit are all addressed. We firmly believe that the greatly improved facilities will have a positive impact on the psychology of residents and will be more conducive therapeutically. The refurbished premises will also allow for increasing capacity and making the premises fully accessible.’In addition to the funding, BOV’s CEO Mario Mallia explained that the project will also be supported by the ‘BOV Cards for Charity Campaign’, which also launched.Mallia explained that, ‘every time our customers use their CashlinkMALTA or Cashlink Visa cards at retail outlets, BOV shall be making a donation that goes towards this project, without any cost to themselves or the retail outlet.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more