A disabled peer secured investigations into a series of key disability-related issues when she took over as editor of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme on New Year’s Day.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) was one of six guests who took editorial control of Radio Four’s Today programme for a day each between Christmas and 2 January.Among the issues covered in her stint on 1 January were an examination of the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act, 20 years after it became law; a discussion of the potential impact of new technology on disabled people; and a conversation between disabled comedians Jack Carroll and Simon Minty about whether it is ever acceptable to make jokes about disabled people.The most controversial segment of the programme was Baroness Campbell’s interview with journalist and former Tory MP Matthew Parris who has argued publicly in favour of assisted suicide.He suggested in the interview that those people who were no longer useful “should tend to ask ourselves how much longer we want to carry on”, and added: “I don’t think that those people that don’t have the ability because of their physical limitations to end their lives themselves should have that right removed from them by their disabilities.”He compared those cases with Baroness Campbell, who he said was “immensely useful”, but he also said that her wheelchair and other equipment were “very expensive” and that there would come a time when there had to be “a limit” put on the “slice of the cake” apportioned to disabled and older people.Baroness Campbell told him that his limits were “too low” and that “the future will not be as gloomy as maybe you predict”.She later told Today presenter Justin Webb that Parris had “a very dystopian, gloomy view of the world, and the world of people who are incapacitated” and that “he knew nothing about us”.She also criticised his stereotypical views about the expense and dependency of disabled people.She said: “My electric wheelchair costs less than a replacement hip. My wheelchair gives me independence and allows me to contribute in my job.“When Matthew Parris needs a hip replacement which costs more [than my wheelchair] will he be asking himself the question: am I too expensive?”She added: “I truly believe that if you invest in disability, the gains will pay for themselves, and that’s shown to be the case and that’s why I’m in the House of Lords.”The programme also included a discussion on the effectiveness of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) since it took over from the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and other equality bodies in 2007.One former disabled EHRC commissioner, Diane Kingston, now vice-chair of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, said the current state of the commission was “quite shocking”.She said she had had a “fantastic team” working around her on disability rights when she was at EHRC, and they had been able to “commission a lot of research, produce some fantastic reports and do a lot of outreach work”.But she said the commission’s funding was now “quite pitiful”, and equivalent to the budget of the DRC alone at the time it closed.One of EHRC’s current commissioners, Sarah Veale, told Today that the commission did “a very, very good job” despite its funding being cut to an annual budget of just £19 million, and had become “very good at prioritising”.The EHRC’s budget reached £62 million in 2010-11, although it was cut to £55 million by the new coalition government during 2010.But Veale dismissed suggestions that the government might want to scrap EHRC entirely, and said: “I think we are respected and accepted and no government is going to want to get rid of an organisation that is a success now and is delivering for a wide range of people in a very diverse community that we live in.”
Month: July 2019
A Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new social security bill.The speech contains brief details of all planned legislation over the next two years – rather than the usual 12 months – so the absence of a social security bill suggests work and pensions ministers have abandoned planned reforms to the much-criticised “fitness for work” test.The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, told a national disability hustings event a few days before the general election that a Conservative government would “legislate to reform the work capability assessment”, which “treats people like they are part of a sausage factory”.Mordaunt (pictured, right, at the hustings) then added: “We have managed to get into the manifesto a legislative commitment to dismantle the work capability assessment.”Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats promised in their general election manifestos to scrap the WCA.Disability News Service (DNS) tried repeatedly after Mordaunt’s comments to confirm what she meant by the promise to “dismantle” the WCA, as there was no mention of scrapping the assessment in her party’s manifesto.The manifesto did promise that a Conservative government would “legislate to give unemployed disabled claimants or those with a health condition personalised and tailored employment support”.When contacted about the failure to include a social security bill in the Queen’s speech, a Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “We have been told not to say anything at the moment.”He directed DNS to the Number 10 press office, which had not commented by noon today (Thursday).Ministers are expected to respond in the next few months to the consultation on its controversial work, health and disability green paper, which was published last October.It is not yet clear how the absence of new legislation will affect proposals laid out in the green paper, which include a suggestion that all people on out-of-work disability benefits – even those who are terminally-ill or have the very highest support needs – could in future have to stay in regular touch with their local jobcentre or risk having their benefits sanctioned.
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for the Easter Monday Engage Super League home tie against Castleford Tigers.Tom Armstrong is named in the squad but Gary Wheeler misses out with the AC injury he sustained in Friday’s match at Wigan.Paul Wellens is also included despite suffering an ankle injury in the same match.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 28. Tommy Makinson, 29. Scott Hale.Castleford Tigers’ Head Coach Terry Matterson will choose from:1. Richard Mathers, 2. Kirk Dixon, 4. Joe Arundel, 5. Richard Owen, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Danny Orr, 8. Paul Jackson, 9. Ryan Hudson, 10. Craig Huby, 11. Jacob Emmitt, 12. Steve Snitch, 13. Brett Ferres, 14. Stuart Jones, 16. Adam Milner, 19. Nick Fozzard, 20. Martin Aspinwall, 22. Jordan Thompson, 24. Oliver Holmes, 25. Dean Widders. The match kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Saints Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Tickets are on sale via the Saints Superstore or by calling into the Stobart Stadium ticket office from 12.30pm on Monday. There will also be cash turnstiles open in the North and West Stands.
SAINTS travel to the KC Lightstream Stadium on Sunday July 6 to take on Hull KR (3pm).Away fans will be in the Colin Hutton Stand – the newly named visitors’ area at the stadium.Tickets are £23 for adults, £16 for concessions (seniors over 60 and full time students with a valid NUS card) and £13 for juniors under 16. Infants under 5 are free but need a match ticket.Please note all ticket prices increase by £2 on matchday.Hull KR have asked all fans to click on this handy visitor’s guide.Tickets are now on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Junior Season Ticket Holders must collect a voucher before travelling.Coach travel is also available and will leave Langtree Park at 11.30am. Prices are £13.50 for season ticket holders and £14.50 for non-season ticket holders.
SAINTS produced a tremendous performance to grab a 28-24 win over Catalans – their first in Perpignan since 2013.Theo Fages was at the hub, creating a number of tries including a wonderful offload for Jack Owen’s crucial game winner.But this was a 1-17 effort which handed Keiron Cunningham’s men their second victory of the campaign and saw them climb into the top eight.And, it could have been more comfortable if two seemingly good tries hadn’t been chalked off.Saints got off to the best possible start when Adam Swift scored in the corner on their first attacking set.Morgan Knowles was hit high in centre field and from the penalty Jon Wilkin combined with Fages and Mark Percival to put the winger in after just three minutes.But the joy was short-lived as Thomas Bosc found a gap in the defence less than a minute later.Luke Walsh levelled with the boot yet within a blink of the eye Saints were back in front.Two sets in Catalans’ territory laid the platform before Fages linked up with Makinson for Percival to cross in the corner.But the Dragons came right back and on their next set Walsh found Bousquet on a nice line.That put the Catalans ahead 12-10 after a quarter of an hour – but the scoring didn’t stop as Saints came right back into it through Ryan Morgan.He started the move following a tap restart and some great handling saw the ball coming right for the centre to polish it off.And Saints looked to have scored on the 20 minute mark when Morgan broke through again.He found Makinson on his shoulder but the full back was hauled down 20 metres out.Saints then moved the ball to the left and Swift put down in the corner.But it was harshly denied by the video referee for a foot in touch that no one else saw.On the half hour mark Richie Myler had one chalked off for obstruction as he went under the posts … and then Saints went up the other end of the field and scored.A lovely Percival break set this one up and once it came back to the the posts, Roby found Walker who put down under pressure.Saints were good value for their lead but Catalans wouldn’t go away and hit back through Iain Thornley to make it a four point game five minutes before the break.Saints possibly could have closed out a frantic half with another score but a kick through was collected and returned with interest by Thornley.And he would have drawn the hosts level but Makinson made an all important shove to put the man in touch.Catalan dominated the early stages of the second half and after having one disallowed for a forward pass Paul Aiton poached a four-pointer from close range.Saints forced two drop outs in quick succession around the 50 minute mark and Taia was stopped right on the line by boneshaker from Bosc.The visitors also piled on the pressure around the hour mark but couldn’t get the all important score.With 10 to go Makinson and Percival put Swift free on the left touchline before he turned it inside.The ball came off Bousquet and Saints put down the but the referee waved play on for a forward pass.Saints weren’t to be denied again though and once Catalans made a mistake, Fages produced a worldie of a run and offload to put Jack Owens over in the corner.Percival hitting the conversion for a four point lead.Catalan threw what they could at Saints in the final stages but the defence held firm for a deserved win.Match Summary:Dragons:Tries: Bosc, Bousquet, Thornley, AitonGoals: Walsh (4 from 4)Saints:Tries: Swift, Percival, Morgan, Walker, OwensGoals: Percival (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded:Dragons: 8Saints: 6HT: 18-22FT: 28-24REF: R HicksATT: TBCTeams:Dragons:16. Thomas Bosc; 21. Iain Thornley, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha; 6. Luke Walsh, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Remi Casty, 12. Justin Horo, 15. Ben Garcia, 17. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 14. Julian Bousquet, 19. Mickael Simon, 20. Luke Burgess, 23. Alrix Da Costa.Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 21. Jack Owens, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Tommy Lee.
Awareness is the number one way to prevent and fight bullying and the Saints are delighted to be involved in our community by helping children, students, parents and teachers understand the issue.For the victims, the best strategy when being bullied is to speak out – family members, teachers and friends are all there to help.The players reinforced this message and also answered questions on their careers.“It’s fantastic to partner with Hightown Group and our first team squad to deliver such a big message to local children in the schools of our community,” said Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation Director. “We wanted children to know that they don’t have to suffer in silence.“We will be following on from this programme with more ‘one to one’ work in our local schools in the next coming weeks. For more information and details please contact [email protected]”
Batchelors Peas began their relationship with Rugby League in 2016 and will receive match day branding across all Betfred Super League grounds and at televised Challenge Cup matches.Batchelors Mushy Peas will continue to offer Rugby League fans great experiences including match tickets, signed merchandise and weekends away in Liverpool, Manchester and further afield in 2019, when Catalans Dragons take on Wigan Warriors at Camp Nou, Barcelona on Saturday, May 18.Betfred Super League Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Batchelors Peas for a fourth consecutive year.“They’ve been a huge supporter of the Betfred Super League since they began their involvement in 2016 and are actively engaging younger consumers which goes hand in hand with our objectives for 2019 and beyond.“We look forward to working with them and building on the existing partnership over the next three seasons.”Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, added: “It is fantastic news that Batchelors Peas are continuing their partnership with the game for another year.“It will be great to see the brand supporting the Challenge Cup once again and we look forward to working with them throughout 2019.”Dean Towey, Marketing Director at Princes, said: “We are looking forward to building on our excellent existing affiliation with the RFL and as an Official Partner of Betfred Super League, continuing to position Batchelors Peas as a modern, family brand that supports active lifestyles.”