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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

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

It's not just David Weir. A chronic shortage of social housing is making life hell for thousands of people with disabilities

Press involvement has missed the big story in this scandal

Miley Cyrus angers health support charity after saying she sticks out her tongue because she 'keeps having mini-strokes'

The singer's latest controversial comments have now come to the attention of the UK's Stroke Association

Two-thirds of local councils are commissioning 15-minute visits

Have a drink or visit the toilet? 'Flying' 15-minute care visits are a disgrace, says charity

Government cutbacks blamed after two-thirds of councils slash elderly and disabled services

Disney used to allow disabled visitors quick access to rides and other attractions

Disney resorts tighten up rules on queue jumping for disabled

Disney is changing the rules that allow disabled people to skip the queues at its US theme parks, after it emerged that wealthy, able-bodied visitors had been abusing the system.

Labour Conference: Benefit-tests firm Atos is ‘a disgrace’ and should be sacked, Liam Byrne to say

The firm carrying out the Government’s controversial “fitness for work” tests on disabled benefit claimants is a “disgrace” and should be stripped of its contract, Labour will say on Monday.

Amanda Root stars in Rory Kinnear's The Herd

Theatre Review: The Herd - Rory Kinnear's debut play is well acted but a little forced

Amanda Root shines in Howard Davies's production

The House of Commons, Westminster

Irrational service: Compulsory national service Bill to hit Parliament in 2014?

Bill proposes some form of mandatory service - charitable or miliitary - for 18-to-26-year-olds

Sophie Christiansen

Attacks on disabled people still rife - one year on from Paralympics triumph

Success of GB athletes fails to alter attitudes, as poll shows widespread verbal and physical abuse

Am image issued by the Department for Works and Pensions from a video shown to the jury during the trial of Mark Hawthorn, 49 - better known on the entertainment circuit as part of duet act Glitterlips - who was jailed for six months for making fraudulent benefit claims between November 2003 and March 2012

'Glitterlips' drag queen jailed for benefits fraud

Mark Hawthorn wrongly claimed £88,000 over nine years

London 2012 Paralympics 'ended taboo of disability'

Two thirds of British workers believe London 2012 created a lasting legacy for disabled employees ahead of the anniversary of the start of the Paralympic Games.

Autism is between three and five times more common in boys than in girls

Men and women with autism may need different treatments

Scan research reveals how the condition affects the brain according to gender

George Smith: Prolific goalscorer for Manchester City

George Smith, who once scored four times for Manchester City in a derby rout of Manchester United, died just five days before the passing of his friend and team-mate Bert Trautmann. Like the celebrated German goalkeeper, the 92-year-old's story was one of triumph over adversity inflicted by the Second World War: Smith became a prolific goalscorer despite a shocking injury sustained under "friendly fire" while serving in East Africa.

Musician Randy Travis has been discharged from hospital following heart failure and a stroke.

Randy Travis discharged from hospital after heart failure and stroke

Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke.

Paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd

Eddie Kidd's wife jailed for five months for assaulting the paralysed motorbike stuntman

Samantha Kidd pleaded guilty to four counts of assault

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links