Disabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is

first_imgDisabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is capable of winning back voters who feel “justifiably angry” about the disability policies their party signed up to as part of the coalition government.Members of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA) say they are confident that the party’s new leader, Tim Farron, will listen to the party’s grassroots on issues such as social security reform.At annual conferences during the five years of the coalition – and again this week – the party’s grassroots membership voted overwhelmingly for anti-austerity social security policies, such as scrapping the bedroom tax, which were then ignored by the party leadership.George Potter, an LDDA member who played a significant role in ensuring cuts to disability benefits were debated at annual conferences during the five years of the coalition, said LDDA policy motions passed by conference were “swallowed up” by the previous leadership and never heard of again.He said: “Tim Farron has made it clear that he will listen to conference and prioritise what conference says.”He added: “There is a lot of anger [among disabled people] and it is completely justified.“I think there is a hard sell but I am hoping over the next five years we can show we can change the party itself and show we are now being taken seriously.”Gemma Roulston, LDDA’s membership secretary, said: “For the last five years I was thinking, ‘Am I in the right party? Should I go or should I stay?“I almost didn’t vote for [the Liberal Democrats] at the last election. The only thing that has kept me in the party was the LDDA.”Robert Adamson (pictured), a member of the LDDA executive, said he also understood the anger felt by many disabled activists, and admitted that it would be “an uphill battle to regain trust”.He said: “They are angry about coalition policies that came in, and what needs to be shown by the party is that we are not now suddenly saying that all the coalition policies were bad.“What we are saying is that the Conservatives wanted far worse policies and we managed to constrain them.”He suggested that a Conservative majority government would have announced the total closure of the Independent Living Fund in 2010, and cut spending on disability benefits even further and faster than under the coalition.Adamson said: “The work Steve Webb [the Liberal Democrat pensions minister] did to temper the benefit reforms would not have occurred.“Life would have been a hell of a lot worse, and proof of that is that life is getting a hell of a lot worse now.“In coalition, a number of things we achieved are now being undermined as a result of the Liberal Democrats not being in coalition… [with] the dreadful ways the Conservative government are treating and going to treat disabled people and carers.”David Simpson, a disabled Liberal Democrat councillor with Hampshire county council, said: “I understand the anger, of course I do, and thousands of Liberal Democrats were angry as well about what was happening in our name.“We don’t believe the sick and the disabled should have been the ones who were targeted.“I think the party has to show that it does have compassion for the disabled.”He said that “certain things had to be done to get the country out of the mess and sacrifice the party for the country”, but that the Conservatives were now “taking the brakes off” because they “no longer have the drag of the coalition”.He said: “It is death by a thousand cuts. If you are disabled, you are living in fear. What will happen next, what will they cut next?”Potter said he was encouraged by the party’s decision to start work on a plan to “completely overhaul the welfare system from the top to the bottom”, that would lay the groundwork for “a credible, radical, alternative policy” and see a future government “enabling people, supporting them, not just penalising them for their inability to work”.He added: “If the price for that is we get slightly more people gaming the system, that is a price worth paying, if it means we no longer have vulnerable people having their lives destroyed.”Potter said he also believed that being confronted with a parliamentary party of eight middle-aged white men had forced the Liberal Democrats to confront the need for a more diverse selection of candidates to fight winnable general election seats.Potter said former leader Nick Clegg had not really grasped the importance of this issue.He said: “He’s good on rhetoric but when it came down to it he generally surrounded himself with people from very similar backgrounds to himself.“When push came to shove… he spoke about greater diversity but he never put his money where his mouth was.“It is certainly the case that a lot of people in the party, far more than before the general election, are seriously thinking that we need to do a lot more.“Tim Farron has appointed a completely balanced team. At the top we have a leader who grasps the issue.”And he said that Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s new disabled president, was taking the issue of accessibility – including access to buildings and meetings, and to information – “very seriously”.Potter also said that the party had a chance to “make a difference” at council level, by providing or organising support that would “negate the cuts” where the government had failed to do so.He said: “The only way some people will survive the next few years is if local councillors and local authorities step up to the plate.”last_img read more

The UN expert who told the government that its cut

first_imgThe UN expert who told the government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused a “human catastrophe” is to visit the UK this autumn to deliver a high-profile lecture on disability rights.Theresia Degener, the professor of law and disability studies who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, will deliver the first Caroline Gooding Memorial Lecture at the University of Leeds in October.Last August, Degener (pictured) told the UK government’s delegation – during a public examination of its progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe” which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.She later gave an interview with the BBC – which was not broadcast – in which she warned that the portrayal of disabled people by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits could put them at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”.The annual lecture was set up as a memorial to the equality consultant and author Caroline Gooding, who played a leading role in securing improvements to disability rights legislation as a member of the Disability Rights Taskforce.Gooding was later director of legislative change at the Disability Rights Commission throughout its eight years. She died in July 2014.The lecture will be hosted by the university’s renowned Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) and its Centre for Law and Social Justice, and will take place on 3 October.Professor Anna Lawson, director of CDS and co-ordinator of the university’s Disability Law Hub, said she and fellow organisers were “delighted” that Degener was able to accept the invitation to deliver the lecture.She said: “She is a disabled woman who, like Caroline, has made it her life’s work to push for disability equality and inclusion using the law.“As chair of the CRPD committee, she occupies what is one of the most influential positions in disability rights globally.“The fact that her committee has recently reviewed and made recommendations to the UK on its implementation of the CRPD makes the timing particularly good.“Theresia also knew and admired Caroline and her work.”She said the lecture would not be focused specifically on the UK but would be “relevant to all countries that have ratified the CRPD, including the UK”.Lawson said there would be questions and discussion after the lecture, while there are hopes that the event will be live-streamed.Degener will lecture on “inclusive equality”, a concept introduced by the UN committee through a “general comment” in March and which it hopes can be used to help implement CRPD.Inclusive equality, the general comment says, argues for redistribution to address socioeconomic disadvantage, and attempts to combat “stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence” and recognize the “dignity of human beings and their intersectionality”.It also recognises the importance of including different social groups in society, but also the need to “make space for difference as a matter of human dignity”.In the general comment on article five of the convention – on equality and non-discrimination – the committee warns that countries are still approaching disability through charity and medical models, which fail to fully acknowledge disabled people’s rights.It also warns that the laws and policies of many countries “perpetuate the exclusion and isolation of and discrimination and violence” against disabled people, and that they are often “imperfect and incomplete or ineffective” or “reflect an inadequate understanding of the human rights model of disability”.In the BBC interview, Degener explained that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.She also said the UK’s record on disability rights was “going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.The general comment also says that disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) must “play a central role in the development of legal and policy reforms”, including the response to the prejudice faced by disabled people seen as being “a burden on society”.The committee’s concluding observations, which followed its public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the convention last August, called on the government to do more to include DPOs in planning and implementing polices affecting disabled people.Degener was not available this week to comment on her plans for the lecture. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

SFs Laundré dirty clothes and clean coffee

first_imgThere are three payment options: card, coins or an app, which would also notify me when my cycle is finished. I download the app, but it doesn’t work. I seek advice from a young woman (who I’m told is the owner). She frantically tries to get the app to work on my phone, rushing off to get her own phone to test it. She tells me I’m the first customer to try the app. After five minutes, I cut my losses and just use my card.  The laundry area is lined with about 20 brand new Electrolux 450 G Force washers capable of adding the right amount of water based on your clothes’ weight, as well as some 20 dryers that regulate heat based on how wet your clothes are. They give the room an undeniable Death Star effect. I can hear an old lady in the cafe area say: “What are you going to do with all this space?”A barista says: “I’m not sure, but it’s sure nice having the space.” “You should have dances — hip-hop dances,” the lady says. It’s true: the space is so large as to be intimidating, like outer space or the ocean. I order a decaf cappuccino, which is expertly made, complete with a pristine latte leaf on top. The young owner offers to comp my drink because the app didn’t work, but I pay the $2.70 anyway. There’s a food menu, too: for $15 you can have a vegan rice bowl, or for $5 a croissant, or a $12 salad. The salads’ containers have the logo Laundré wrapped around them. There are also bottles of green smoothie in an ice case, whose price I’m too afraid to check. My laundry is finished, and it’s time for me to leave.   But I end up introducing myself to the owner — the women who helped me with the app — and cop to it: I am, after all, a writer. I ask the owner, whose name is Ariana Roviello, why she decided to open a cafe/laundromat in the Mission. She explains that Laundré was her senior project in college. She studied fashion but ended up “falling in love with laundry” during her research. “I thought it would be interesting to create a place where you could wash your fashion,” she said.  After graduating, she worked in the fashion industry, but eventually left her job in September 2014 to pursue opening the business. She became a Lyft driver for two years while she drafted her business plans, found some outside funding, and selected a space. She thought the Mission was a good place to open because of its high population of renters who don’t have their own laundry machines. “It’s been three years to the day, since I quit my job, that I’m opening,” she said. Roviello says she’s operating on two hours of sleep, and that she had been at the cafe all night getting it ready for today’s “soft” opening. So I decide to leave her alone, go home and fold my clothes for tomorrow. Am I more fulfilled as human? Maybe not. Are my clothes clean? Yes. And why would I want anything more than that?Photo by Julian Mark.Photo by Julian Mark.Photo by Julian Mark. The room looks like it’s been through a heavy-duty bleach cycle, but I walk in anyway. It’s 7:15 on Wednesday evening, and I’m at cafe Laundré — the half-cafe, half-laundromat on the corner of 20th and Mission — on its first day in operation.People pass by its large windows on Mission Street and peek inside, perhaps wondering: really, another hip cafe? Or, why is it so sterile in there? But some walk in, mill around and even buy a cup of coffee. Others, like me — the brave — ask why a coffee shop would be named Laundré? I find out that there’s a laundromat located in the back. So I go home and bring back some dirty clothes. I don’t have detergent, so I’m offered liquid soap for a dollar, but I opt for the on-the-house powder soap, which comes in a charming miniature white sand pail. 0%center_img Tags: Business • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS Under 18s recorded a comfortable 4414 win

first_imgSAINTS Under 18s recorded a comfortable 44-14 win over Featherstone Rovers at the Big Fellas Stadium on Saturday.After a tight first half, which saw them lead by just two points, the strength and speed of the Saints was just too much.Greg Richards bagged a hat-trick whilst Adam Hesketh, Andre Savelio, Matty Fozzard, Luke Thompson and Ben Parry all crossed the whitewash.Lewis Charnock tagging on six goals.Match Summary:Featherstone:Tries: Day (2), BrookGoals: GloverSaints:Tries: Richards (3), Hesketh, Savelio, Fozzard, Thompson, ParryGoals: Charnock (6)Half Time: 10-12Full Time: 14-44Teams:Featherstone:Kyran Johnson; Jordan Potter, Matty Brook, Joe Turton, Joe Caulfield; Kyran Johnson, Jordan Myers; Luke Cooper, Jack Nicholson, Jack Byrnes, Alex Batty, Zak Lockhead, Ben Brailsford.Subs: Dave Robinson, Sam Day, Jack Coventry, Jordan Gray.Saints:Ben Roberts; Ben Parry, Greg Wilde, Lewis Galbraith, Jamie Tracey; Jordan Heaton, Lewis Sheridan; Greg Richards, Lewis Foster, Adam Hesketh, Luke Thompson, Lewis Charnock, Andre Savelio.Subs: Matthew Fozzard, Tom Roughley, Matt Cooke, Brad Ashurst.last_img read more

SAINTS Academy scholar Morgan Knowles has complete

first_imgSAINTS Academy scholar Morgan Knowles has completed three significant challenges – all with the aim of raising funds to support what will be an experience of lifetime.The 16-year-old, who recently played for Wales against England, started from Fell Foot at Newby Bridge at 8am and kayaked the length of Windermere – the longest lake in England.He then hopped on a bike and cycled through Little Langdale, over Wrynose Pass and then up the steepest pass in England,  Hardnott, without stopping!Once at the top after a quick change he set off to walk/run to the top of the highest peak in England, Scafell.He’s raised more than £1,500 and the money is still coming in with the funds going towards Saints Academy’s Tour of Australia in October.The players have been tasked with raising sponsorship and Morgan decided he didn’t just want to ask for money but actually take on an inspirational challenge that both stretched his physical ability and tested his mental strength.His ‘triathlon took him nine-and-a-half hours – but the worst bit? Sitting in the cold running stream to ease his aching muscles.And the day after he played his first game for Blackbrook Royals, scoring two tries and a few goals to the team progress to the semi-finals of the North West Counties Cup.“This was an amazing effort from Morgan (and his dad), perfectly typifying the mental toughness and physical supremacy of Rugby League players,” said Saints Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw. “A big well done and thank you to all his supporters from everyone at the Saints.”last_img read more

Feast of the Pirates held for first time in Belville

first_imgFlags at the Feast of the Pirates in Belville, NC on September 23, 2017 (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Swords, eyepatches, and jolly rogers were common sights in Belville yesterday during the Feast of the Pirates.The Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust has been doing pirate events in downtown Wilmington since 2005.- Advertisement – This year, they decided to move the Feast of the Pirates to the Brunswick Riverwalk Park in Belville.Crowds of people young and old came out to see if the phrase “A pirate’s life for me” would hold true.“Decided this year to bring it across the bridge so that the Brunswick County communities could enjoy some pirate fun and entertainment and it’s a great family event,” said Stephanie Fornes of WHET.Related Article: City talks how to keep popular Southport dock afloatThe town of Belville has already reached out to WHET about bringing the Feast of the Pirates back next year.The organization also will be holding a pirate festival in Southport next September.last_img read more

Police remain quiet on Marines shooting death in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (Star News) — Twenty-three days after an active-duty Marine corporal was shot to death in downtown Wilmington, few details in the slaying have been released by the Wilmington Police Department.Edwin Mauricio Estrada, 27, originally from North Hollywood, Calif., died Nov. 19 behind the businesses in the 200 block of North Front Street.- Advertisement – The Star News reports Estrada was a CH-53 helicopter mechanic assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 based in Jacksonville. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2014.“We have no further update on the shooting death of Cpl. Estrada at this time. We are continuing to investigate this case and the circumstances surrounding his death, thoroughly,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron wrote in an email Tuesday morning.A statement of probable cause for the search warrant at 273 N. Front St., reveals that 36-year-old Stephen Roger Hughes II, called 911 to report that he “shot and killed an intruder at his residence.” Hughes apparently lives in an apartment behind businesses there. Access to the apartment, the warrant indicates, is via a door that faces Water Street on the back of the building.Related Article: Wilmington Police identify man shot, killed in HillcrestPolice found Estrada lying dead “in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound to the head just outside Hughes’ apartment door,” the affidavit states.Read more.last_img read more

TSA to increase screening process at ILM

first_img The TSA recommends arriving at the airport two hours before departure to ensure you have enough time for screening.The new procedures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA pre-check. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — TSA screening at Wilmington International Airport will get a bit stronger this weekend.The new procedures being implemented on Saturday require travelers to put any electronics larger than a cell phone to be removed from carry-on bags and be placed in bins for x-ray screenings.- Advertisement – last_img

New school board members take office in New Hanover County

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board said farewell to several long time board members while welcoming new ones Wednesday evening.Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes, Bruce Shell and former chair Ed Higgins were honored before leaving office.- Advertisement – School spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said the four former board members leave a legacy amounting to 79 years of service to the school system.They will replaced by Bill Rivenbark, Nelson Beaulieu, Judy Justice and Stefanie Adams.The new board selected current members Lisa Estep as the chair and David Wortman as vice chair.Related Article: Candidate says campaign signs were vandalized with gay slursEstep knows this new board has their work cut out for them. They will need to approve new high school and middle school redistricting in the coming year.“I want a vote,” said Estep, “I think it’s going to really open up discussion and like I said the new board members have come in with knowledge because they’ve been participating at the workshops.”The school board will host their next redistricting workshop next Tuesday.last_img read more

Tire distributor adding jobs investing 27m in Columbus County

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Black’s Tire Service is expanding its operations in Columbus County, a move that will create 26 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.The company will invest $2.7 million to expand their current distribution center, located in Whiteville.- Advertisement – “The Black’s Tire Service decision to expand its operations in rural North Carolina speaks to the power of the state’s workforce, strong economy and great quality of life,” said Governor Cooper in a news release. “Businesses that were started in North Carolina see the advantages of continuing to invest here, and Columbus County is ready to share in this company’s continued growth.”Black’s Tire Service, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that has been distributing tires and servicing vehicles in North Carolina since 1929, according to a news release. The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the company’s largest distribution center.BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors is the wholesale division that supplies tires and tire products to automotive repair businesses, tire stores and car dealerships. This unit also fulfills online orders from across the nation.Related Article: ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-FlorenceBlack’s Tire and Auto Service is the retail arm of the company that provides tire and auto services through its 46 retail stores in North Carolina and South Carolina.“2019 marks the 90th anniversary of our company, which started right here in Columbus County,” said Rick Benton, II, Vice President of Black’s Tire Service. “We’ve grown over the years, and today our current warehouse provides inventory for 46 retail locations and more than 4,000 wholesale customers. We have approximately 175,000 tires ready for distribution at any given time. This expansion project will essentially double our warehouse, allowing us to continue to serve our customers, stay competitive, and create much needed job opportunities for new BTS team members throughout southeastern North Carolina. BTS began locally, has grown locally, and is very proud to expand locally right here in Columbus County.”“It’s evident that North Carolina has a great business climate when a company continues to succeed in the same state for 90 years,” said Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “This expansion will allow Black’s Tire Service’s to continue operating as an industry leader and community partner in Columbus County for many years to come.”The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C.  were instrumental in supporting the company’s decision to expand in Columbus County.Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position but the average annual wage will be $32,481. The average annual wage in Columbus County is $33,817.A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Black’s Tire Service expansion in Columbus County.The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.“Our community has seen the growth of Black’s Tire Service firsthand,” said N.C. Senator Danny Earl Britt, Jr. “With more jobs and a $2 million investment, this expansion is great news for Columbus County.”“We are excited that Black’s Tire Service is expanding here in Columbus County,” said N.C. Representative Carson Smith. “Our skilled workforce stands ready to support their growth.”In addition to North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Columbus County, Columbus County Economic Development Commission and City of Whiteville.last_img read more