Our editor was one of 50 disabled people who watched this debate live last night, at the Olympic Park.
Many important issues were covered, and she has a lot to think about as a result.
You may have seen half of the debate on the news yesterday. The full hour long debate is linked above for those who were not able to watch the live streamed part.
Our editor may or may not be visible!
No go Britain is reality to most Disabled People. The debate emphasised the difficulties that most of us face just trying to do simple tasks never mind partake in “Public Life” The MP arguments were a joke but no doubt briefed to tow the party line regardless of the real facts.
I sit on 2 public body committees,however in the past week my ability to continue to do so is in severe doubt due to an apparent new policy, not published, by Virgin East Coast Trains.
Because they have had complaints about the size of the wheelchair space in Coach L on most of their HST diesel trains with out access to a loo, they are simply removing it, not replacing it. By doing so they have removed half the spaces on trains between London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness. Many wheelchair users use these these busy trains and some like me have coped OK with the space. I have multiple impairments but with a First Class service can get my self to meetings, or used to, knowing that I would be watered and fed, able to work on the train etc, and not have to negotiate long platforms at Kings Cross. By using the full timetable of trains I could get to meetings on time and leave when they finished. No more. I cannot get to a meeting next week on the trains I need, and would have to wait hours for a train home as not surprising the electric train spaces are already booked.
Nobody is arguing about the inadequacies of the HST coach L space, however I fit in it and as even accessible loos are frequently out of order, have learned how to manage long journeys without loo access like many others. Many train companies still have old rolling stock with make do wheelchair spaces and no loo access. Are they going to ban us to?
Work will not wait for new trains. Unless the decission is reversed. I have no choice but to resign. Virgin East Coast have a safety policy. Under fit to travel they could stop all mobility impaired people from boarding. Progress in the second decade of the 21st century, I don’t think so.
I saw that ahem… ‘Debate’ on Channel 4 news.
*Very* well done to the couple of brave hecklers who actually managed to get the words “Killing” and “Dying” broadcast on a TV channel sponsored by Maximus shareholders Allianz at the Atos 2012 Olympic Park.
(Despite the channel 4 scumbags attempts to keep the chat to just ‘toilets’ and ‘trains’).
One of the hot air blowing ‘suits’ they had on was something to do with the ‘Association of Adult Services’ and went on about the Care Act…
So how come it hasn’t read Section 42 of the Care Act?
Care Act 2014 (england)
PART 1 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect – Section 42
How come it hasn’t done anything about DWP Criminal Abusers?
Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –
Misconduct in Public Office – (up to life in prison)
When are those blind eye turning nonces going to prison?
The CtrlC version of Care Act for Wales is –
Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
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