The proportion of Department for Work and Pensions

first_imgThe proportion of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff who say they have been victims of disability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months has risen by about 50 per cent in just four years, Civil Service figures have revealed.The annualCivil Service People Survey shows the number of DWP staff sayingthey had personally experienced disability discrimination at work in the past12 months rose by 150 (more than 10 per cent), from 1,462 in 2017 to 1,612 in2018.And theproportion of all DWP staff reporting disability discrimination rose by about12 per cent, from about 2.55 per cent of all employees in 2017 to about 2.85per cent in the 2018 survey.This was anincrease of about 50 per cent since the 2014 survey, when 1.91 per cent ofthose responding to the survey said they had experienced disabilitydiscrimination at work in the previous year.But thefigures are even more striking when compared with the number of disabled staff employedby DWP.The latestCivil Service figures, from November 2018, show that only 7.7 percent of DWP employees declared that they were disabled.Thissuggests, according to calculations by Disability News Service (DNS) – whichDWP has failed to comment on – that more than a third of disabled DWP staffexperienced disability discrimination at work in 2018.Theproportion of DWP employees who have experienced any kind of discrimination hasalso continued to increase in the last four years, from 11 per cent in 2014 to14 per cent in 2018.It is justthe latest evidence of worsening levels of discrimination within the governmentdepartment responsible for the much-criticised Disability Confident scheme and will further strain the scheme’s credibility.DWP itselfhas been awarded the status of Disability Confident Leader, the highest ofthree levels within the scheme, which aims to work with employers to “challengeattitudes towards disability” and “ensure that disabled people have theopportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations”.Lastweek, DNSreported how DWP repeatedly failed tomake reasonable adjustments for disabled people who were recruited to buildbridges between jobcentres and the local community through its CommunityPartners scheme.InNovember, thedepartment admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints by staffthrough its internal grievance system were based on allegations of disabilitydiscrimination.Earlierthe same month,new research showed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claims of disability discrimination takenagainst DWP by its own staff over a 20-month period.And last summer, figures provided to the work and pensions select committee by Sarah Newton (pictured), the minister for disabled people, showed that nearly 7,000 employers that had signed up to Disability Confident had promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them, an average of less than one per employer.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, declinedto comment on the DWP discrimination figures this week.But David Gillon, a prominentdisabled critic of the Disability Confident scheme, said: “IfDWP can’t even tackle a rapidly increasing disability discrimination problem,never mind resolve it, then how can they justify retaining their DisabilityConfident Leader status, and their leadership of the entire DisabilityConfident programme?”He said that a total of 1,612 incidents of disability discrimination wasmore than six per working day.He said: “A core responsibility of a Disability Confident Leader is beingan example to others, and teaching lessons learned across the DisabilityConfident community. “There is precisely zero evidence of DWP doing this, or evenacknowledging that they have a problem, so the justification for theirretaining Disability Confident Leader status appears absent. “In fact, their failure to acknowledge the issue argues strongly for theremoval of their Leader status.”He said it was “particularly disturbing” that the number of incidents ofdisability discrimination reported “far exceeds” those in areas such asethnicity and sexual orientation, which was “the reverse of the pattern seenfor harassment in the general population from police and Crown ProsecutionService figures”. He added: “This strongly suggests that the issue may be a cultural onerelated to views of disability within DWP or the Civil Service as a whole.”A DWP spokesperson refused to say if Newton was concerned about thefigures, why DWP thought the figures had risen so sharply over the last fewyears, and why it thought there had been another year-on-year increase in 2018.She also refused to say if Newton thought the figures suggestedcomplacency by ministers about discrimination, whether they suggested DWP was institutionallydisablist, and whether DWP should still be able to call itself a DisabilityConfident Leader.But she said in a statement: “We areabsolutely committed to ensuring all colleagues, including those withdisabilities or health conditions, get the support they need to thrive.“The department has a duty ofcare to its colleagues and aims to lead by example as a Disability Confidentemployer, following best practice in recruiting, retaining and developingdisabled staff. “We take very seriously any reports of disability discrimination from colleagues, while taking active steps to promote equality.”A note from the editor: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 note 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

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round five away trip to Huddersfield Giants.Ade Gardner returns to the 19-man list whilst Jamie Foster sits out.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson.Nathan Brown’s Huddersfield Giants squad is:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Keith Mason, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 15. Larne Patrick, 17. Joe Wardle, 18. Jason Chan, 20. Luke George, 21. Aaron Murphy, 24. Adam Walker, 29. Greg Eden.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Stat Pack:Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 4St Helens won 27 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Ups and Downs:Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)last_img read more

Before our match with Hull KR last Friday he predi

first_imgBefore our match with Hull KR last Friday he predicted that James Roby would finally score the try that would take him to 100 in the Red Vee.He also told the skipper exactly how it would be scored too.“I’ve been on 99 tries for a while now and before the game I was in the changing rooms set next to Louie,” he said. “He’s a bit of an oracle at times and he said I was going to score and it would be a little barge over close to the line.“And that happened! I am made up to score 100 tries … it sounds quite impressive doesn’t it? I’d be happy if I didn’t score another one for the rest of my career!”Hopefully that is tongue in cheek as Saints will want Roby and his teammates to firing on all cylinders this Friday!The captain has scored 13 tries in 45 games against the Rhinos.Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The boys will be put through their paces as they h

first_imgThe boys will be put through their paces as they head into their final run before the festive period and you can meet them afterwards too.We’re training on the 3G surface at Ruskin Sports Village in St Helens from 9am and it is anticipated the session will finish around 10.30am.The address for Ruskin Sports Village is Ruskin Drive, St Helens, WA10 6RP.Hope to see you there!last_img

Two people charged in Brunswick County murder

first_img The shooting occurred Friday night in the area of Carlon Rd. NW and George Daniels Rd. NW in Longwood around 6:30 p.m.The victim was 30-year-old Anthony Scott Beers.According to arrest warrants, Powell threatened to kill Beers the week before the murder.Related Article: NC music teacher accused of forcing adult student into sexual servitudeBeers was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he died Sunday morning. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has charged two people in connection with Friday’s fatal shooting in Longwood.According to a release from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Emily Flax, Eugene Anthwon Powell, 23, was charged with murder, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Summer Lynn Gray, 21, was charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and possession of cocaine.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man sentenced for stealing from 10 New Hanover Co businesses

first_imgAndre Kennedy (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into and stealing from ten different New Hanover county businesses in 2017.Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury sentenced Andre Kennedy, 53, as a habitual felon and will spend at least 7 1/2 years behind bars.- Advertisement – According to the district attorney’s office, these break-ins occurred between February 2017 and May 2017, and were investigated by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Carolina Beach Police Department. In almost all of the cases, Kennedy would take a brick, rock, or cinder block and shatter the front door of the business. At that point Kennedy would enter and steal the money from the cash register or the cash register itself.On May 17, Kennedy and his vehicle, a red Toyota Camry, were caught on video during a breaking and entering to Top Wok located at 1401 North Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. During that break in, Kennedy threw a cinder block through the front glass door and stole $30 from the cash register. As a result of the video, Detective Tony Adams with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was able to link Kennedy to nine other break ins in the county, almost all with the same mode of entry.Kennedy was also identified because in 2009 he committed multiple break ins in New Hanover County in exact same manner, and in at least one instance, the same exact location.Related Article: Woman accused of stabbing boyfriendIn 2009, Kennedy was sentenced to 80-96 months for multiple breaking and enterings and larcenies to New Hanover County businesses as well as being sentenced as a habitual felon for break ins out of Wake County. Kennedy also committed these crimes by shattering the front door of the business with an object then stealing the cash register.Kennedy even drove a red Toyota Camry during that crime spree. Kennedy was released from prison on December 26, 2015last_img read more

Rick Springfield to perform at Wilson Center

first_img He’s also an actor who appeared on several shows, including the CW’s “Supernatural” and the ABC soap opera “General Hospital”.The concert is April 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $36.Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 29.Related Article: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in Wilmington canceledYou can buy them online here or here. You can also get them at Ticket Central. Rick Springfield (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 80s sensation Rick Springfield is performing at the Wilson Center in April, Cape Fear Community College announced this morning.Springfield is a Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter known for many hits, including “Jessie’s Girl”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” and “Love Somebody.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

CFPUA responds to multiple sanitary sewer spills in Wilmington

first_imgCFPUA (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — All the rain and the saturated ground has caused lots of sanitary sewer spills in Wilmington.The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority released a statement saying crews responded to a number of incidents in the Burnt Mill Creek area Tuesday.- Advertisement – The spills were on Grady Avenue, 21st Street, Klein Road, 12th and Chestnut streets and at the Wallace Park Sand Box.There was also a large spill on Market Street.CFPUA estimates that 7,7000 gallons were discharged into Burnt Mill Creek.Related Article: Higher demand for water puts strain on utility authorityWater samples have been taken and the spill has been reported to the NC Division of Water Quality.last_img read more

Watch We will take all necessary measures – Debono

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Jean Pierre Debono found his seat back in parliament following an executive meeting which voted on who is to get the vacated seat by MP David Stellini. Debono will be co-opted to parliament after he got 42 votes, while Kevin Cutajar who had contested on the thirteen district and was next in line to be elected to parliament secured 40 votes.READ: Updated: ‘The person with more responsibility than me should do the same’ – resigning Exec PresidentREAD: PN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement; Said says choose CutajarREAD: Kevin Cutajar interested in Stellini’s seatSpeaking to the media outside Partit Nazzjonalista’s headquarters in Pietà, Debono said that the Party will take all the appropriate measures. However he failed to provide such examples.Debono stressed on the need to have a detailed discussion on the results obtained by the party in the recently held elections. He said that if activists leave the party, then the party will not find its strength.The newly chosen MP who had already served a short while until Delia’s co-option, said that an internal discussion is needed prior to speaking to the media about the concrete actions needed.When asked by how would he rate his performance as chief political adviser, Debono said that his role is chief political coordinator but did not comment further.Speaking about the Executive Committee President Mark Anthony Sammut’s resignation, Debono said that there were many points on which he agreed however he did not agree with his resignation. On Sammut he concluded by saying that he voted for him to stay on, however Sammut’s decision was final.WhatsApplast_img read more

400 cigarette stubs collected in 20 minutes at Blue Lagoon Bay

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img Many people are taking to collecting and disposing properly of cigarette stubs that get left on the beaches around Malta. One of these groups of people managed to collect 400 cigarette butts in just 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon Bay in Comino.In a post on Facebook, a woman stated that the Maltese bays and eco-systems have become nothing short of a garbage tip.She also asked why smoking is still permitted in zones such as Ta’Ċenċ in Gozo, why there are no heavy fines for those who leave their litter behind them, why such infractions are not monitored and why single use plastics are still being used by Maltese establishments.10 litres worth of cigarette butts collected from Golden BayA few days ago, Camilla Appelgren and other environmentalists performed a clean-up exercise at Golden Bay in which they collected 10 litres worth of cigarette stubs.last_img read more