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Disabled people shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone

Taxi firm in Middlesbrough attacked for refusing to carry disabled passengers

Owner of largest firm in the North East of England concedes move is 'morally wrong' but he says had no choice but to act after local authority warns operators over charging disabled passengers extra

There are pros and cons to shows like The Undateables, but at least we're engaging with disability issues

To really educate society on the difficulties of being disabled I'm not convinced 'love' is the best topic

Multiple sclerosis charity says benefits reform is creating anxiety amongst sufferers

Changes to the benefits system are forcing those in greatest need of aid to suffer, a charity has warned.

In a letter sent to Iain Duncan Smith, campaigners warned that disabled people make up two thirds of those hit by the policy

Bedroom tax hits 60,000 families with carers

About 60,000 families living in council homes where there is someone caring for an elderly or disabled relative have been caught out by the “bedroom tax”.

Protesters have been very vocal about the so-called 'bedroom tax'; here pictured outside the LibDem conference

One third of disabled people asking for help with ‘bedroom tax’ have applications rejected

Critics say there is a ‘postcode lottery’ for grants meant to protect the vulnerable

Weirwolf: My Story by David Weir

Book of the week: Weirwolf - My Story, By David Weir

London 2012 was a breakthrough year for disability sport, with full houses for the Paralympics. Britain’s poster boy was the wheelchair racer David Weir, who delivered the goods with four gold medals.

Over 3,000 people are still living as patients in hospitals, one year on from Government commitments to transform adult social care in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal

One in five patients with learning disabilities live in hospitals 100km or more from their families

Thousands of patients still live in hospitals, a year on from Government promises to transform adult social care

This Government has thrown the poor and vulnerable on the scrapheap

A freeze on council tax and cap on welfare will add to their misery

Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh described the coalition’s response as 'completely out of touch'

Coalition is ‘totally ignoring’ disabled on transport issues

The Government is “squandering” an opportunity to make public transport more accessible to disabled people after MPs’ recommendations on improvements were “effectively ignored”, campaigners have said.

People power: Jane Mason featured in 'The Audience'

The Audience: TV review - how the herd instinct got to the heart of a troubled woman's dilemma

Before there was sex in a box, there was The Audience (More4), another high-concept show for the nosy, in which an individual with a dilemma invites a jury of strangers into his/her life.

Fitness to work test DOES disadvantage mentally ill: Court of Appeal upholds ruling against Government

Hundreds of thousands of people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and autism have to go through the Work Capability Assesment to find out if they are eligible for Employment Support Allowance

Leighton Baines has been ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering a broken foot

Everton defender Leighton Baines ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken toe suffered in Liverpool draw

Baines went off in the second half at Goodison Park and an x-ray has confirmed the fracture to his right foot

Disabled woman who lost benefits ‘killed herself’

A woman who suffered crippling back pain killed herself after her disability benefits were stopped, her sister has claimed.

Book review: The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency

People like Katie Hopkins choose targets carefully - those judged as socially acceptable to demean

Her tweet mocking Tanni Grey-Thompson's disability says a lot about us, in that she has also been allowed to become a commentator in the mainstream media

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

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Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The joys of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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