Housing advice for people with learning disabilities: ‘It’s so important people know their rights’
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by The Big Issue
20h ago
Tina Dutton works for Mencap’s national helpline in England, offering advice to people with learning disabilities. Her role at Mencap is funded by the British Gas Energy Trust with a focus on energy poverty. She shares how Mencap can support people through housing worries.  What housing issues do people with learning disabilities face?  Lots of barriers. Accessing housing is difficult anyway, but the barriers that organisations and services put in place make it really difficult. It is even harder to get advice around housing that is accessible. There are duties local authorities ha ..read more
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Hollyoaks legend Emily Burnett: ‘With the right people behind you, you can do anything’
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by Greg Barradale
2d ago
Hollyoaks actor Emily Burnett and her aunt Teresa Pope are a formidable team. Together they’ve raised over £13,000 for Mencap and local charity Sunday Circle by climbing Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Teresa Pope, 61, lives in Cardiff and works in a charity shop, and Emily Burnett is an ambassador for Mencap alongside her acting work. The pair sat down with Big Issue for a chat about careers, achievements, and a message of hope for what life with a learning disability can bring. Get the latest news and insight into how the Big Issue magazine is made by signing up for the Inside ..read more
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Why the four-day working week is a feminist issue – and what we need to do about it
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by Lottie Elton
2d ago
Work doesn’t really end when you clock off. Particularly, says feminist author Ruby Russell, if you’re a woman in an opposite-sex relationship. “A lot of women in my generation, we came of age with feminist politics, feminist assumptions,” she told the Big Issue. “We thought: ‘When we settle down with our nice, woke, millennial men, they will totally do half [of the domestic work].’ And I think that they thought that they were totally going to do half. But it’s not the reality of what happens. Surprise! You suddenly realise – this is not equal at all.” In the UK, 63% of women in mixed-sex ho ..read more
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Benefits, bills and safe routes for refugees: All the issues the major parties aren’t talking about
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by Liam Geraghty
2d ago
Britain needs change. That’s why we put together our Blueprint for Change – a comprehensive plan for political leaders standing on 4 July on just what they should do to end poverty in their manifestos. They have their own plans, of course. The Conservatives unveiled their ‘clear plan’ while Labour revealed their own idea of ‘change’. The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto centred on the NHS while the Green Party and Plaid Cymru also laid out their vision for the future. We’ve combed through the manifestos to see what’s missing from the conversation and the campaign trail ahead of the general elect ..read more
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This vegan restaurant offers workers with learning disabilities a pathway to independence
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by The Big Issue
3d ago
Just a quarter of adults with a learning disability have a paid job, compared to 76% of adults in the general population, according to statistics collected in 2019 by Mencap. What’s being missed? It’s not just the cold, hard cash in your pocket, but the confidence and independence that secure employment brings. Cafe Van Gogh in Brixton, South London, is working to fix that. Its trainees work in front of house, learning skills and teaming up with job coaches as they make diners feel at home in the 100% vegan restaurant. As hospitality businesses struggle for staff, Cafe Van Gogh’s bosses ..read more
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‘I want to get out’: The fight for people with learning disabilities to live at home – not hospitals
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by Isabella McRae
4d ago
There are 2,045 people with learning disabilities or autism living in inpatient units in England – many of whom are detained under the Mental Health Act. On average, they remain in these hospital settings for just under five years.  The government has a longstanding promise to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities in inpatient units, prompted by the 2011 Winterbourne View abuse scandal.  But it has repeatedly failed to meet targets. The latest commitment was to reduce the number by 50% before March 2024, but Mencap estimates it will not meet this until 2030. G ..read more
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People with learning disabilities need to make their voices heard on election day
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by Ismail Kaji
4d ago
When it comes to registering to vote in an election, it can be hard for people with a learning disability, like me, to fill in the forms. It’s jargony and difficult to understand. It can also be difficult to ask for support at polling stations. Staff sometimes don’t understand how to support people.   A lot of my work is about making sure that people with a learning disability cast their vote in elections by making sure things are accessible. It needs to be easy to read, clear and engaging. We’re working alongside the Electoral Commission to remove the barriers to voting. It’s also abou ..read more
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UK inflation falls to lowest level in almost three years – but cost of living crisis is far from over
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by Lottie Elton
5d ago
Inflation has hit the Bank of England’s target of 2% for the first time in nearly three years – but experts have warned that the cost of living crisis is far from over. Prices rose at 2% in the year to May, the Office for National Statistics has revealed, down from 2.3% the month before. Beleaguered prime minister Rishi Sunak has seized on the figures as “very good news”. Is the cost of living crisis over and will prices in the UK ever come down? Yes, inflation is falling – but nearly 90% of Brits say cost of living crisis is far from over “When I became prime minister [October 2022] infla ..read more
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How Nigel Farage could become next Tory leader – and why we all should be concerned
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by Lottie Elton
6d ago
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try and try again.   Right-wing populist Nigel Farage has unsuccessfully stood for parliament seven times. But his eighth attempt, as the leader of Reform UK, could finally land him a Westminster job – and prime the populist firebrand for a “hostile takeover” of the Conservative Party. Last week, a YouGov poll gave Reform UK – a startup venture formed from the ashes of the Brexit Party, in turn formed from the ashes of UKIP – a predicted vote share of 19%, ahead of the Conservatives’ 18%. As the poll result sends shivers down ..read more
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Greek coastguards ‘throwing migrants to their deaths’ may be repeated in Britain, leaders warned
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by Greg Barradale
1w ago
The death of migrants seeking refuge in Greece is “not an isolated issue” and is a reflection on the demonisation of asylum seekers, migrant charities have warned, after allegations that Greek coastguards had thrown migrants into the sea. A new report alleges that 43 deaths between May 2020 to May 2023 were a result of the Greek coastguard pushing migrants back to international waters, and in some cases abandoning them in dinghies. Interviewees told the BBC they were thrown into the sea by the Greek coastguard. “They threw me zip-tied in the middle of the sea. They wanted me to die,” one man ..read more
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