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What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift by Saba Salman in the Guardian. Chester Cathedral To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that Read this story


Blue Badge thefts quadrupled in five years

The theft of Blue Badges has risen by 14 per cent in the past 12 months and more than quadrupled since 2013, councils warn today. More than two million disabled people use Blue Badges for parking in pay and display bays and for up to three hours on yellow lines. In London, badge holders are Read this story


Leeds Core Strategy Selective Review

Leeds City Council is undertaking a selective review of the Core Strategy. The Leeds Core Strategy sets out the strategic town planning policy framework for the district to 2028. Since the adoption of the Leeds Core Strategy in November 2014; it has become apparent that a number of policy areas are in need of review Read this story


Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Reviews for 1.6 million people

Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will have their claim reviewed, the Department for Work and Pensions has said. A total of 1.6 million of the main disability benefit claims will be reviewed, with around 220,000 people expected to receive a higher award. It comes after the DWP decided not to challenge a court Read this story


Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row

Clive Coleman, Legal correspondent, BBC News writes: Eight-year-old Cate Merry and her friend Megan are big fans of Little Mix. They’ve got the T-shirts, the photo albums, the CDs, can sing the songs and rock the dance routines. So how did their love of the band lead to unprecedented legal action? Read More


Blue Badge (disabled parking) scheme consultation

The Government is  proposing changing the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions. This is part of the government’s objective is to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 18 March 2018 Blue Badge Read this story


Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places review

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) has published the Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places review. The aims of this review are to Set street design within the overall context of the statutory requirements on local authorities set out in the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation, Set a framework of clear objectives Read this story


BS 8300: 2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment published

British Standards has published 2 updated standards, that offer design solutions that go beyond statutory planning and Building Regulations’ requirements. BS 8300-1:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. External environment. Code of practice BS 8300-2:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Buildings. Code of practice