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People With Hidden Disabilities Could Enjoy New Freedom With Blue Badge Changes

Consultation expanding the Blue Badge criteria released. People with hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to blue badges under new plans from Transport Minister Jesse Norman today (21 January 2018). The proposals, which would herald the most significant changes since the blue badge was introduced in 1970, would help remove barriers to travel for people […]

Government sets out plan to see more disabled people in work

The government will help to get more disabled people into work in the next decade, the Prime Minister said today, as a new strategy is launched to break down employment barriers. Working with industry, government will be taking further steps to help disabled people and people with health conditions get into work, and remain and […]

Urgent Action Needed Across The UK Care Home Market

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published its final findings following an extensive review of whether the residential care homes sector is working well for older people and their families. The year-long market study has found that: The current system for providing care is not sustainable without additional funding. The CMA’s financial analysis […]

New THINK! Road Safety Campaign Launched To Help Cut Child Deaths

New road safety resources released to help teachers and schools highlight the dangers of the road. Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at teachers and schools to help cut child fatalities. A recent survey revealed that 67% of children get fewer than 2 hours of road safety education […]

Unemployment Remains At 40-year Low

Official figures show that unemployment has remained at 4.3%, the lowest rate since 1975. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work. Increases in full-time and permanent work are behind the figures. In the last year the number of […]