The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchd

first_imgThe disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing stand-off over the decision to scrap the post.Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin (pictured) is boycotting board meetings until the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reinstates the role of disability commissioner, and allows him to chair the new disability advisory committee (DAC).He responded last year to an advert for the post of disability commissioner but was then told – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he would simply be a commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.The Conservative peer confirmed to Disability News Service (DNS) this week that he is continuing to boycott board meetings until what he believes is a vital post is reinstated, and he is allowed to chair the DAC.He said: “I would be delighted to attend board meetings when the disability commissioner post is reinstated and when I am allowed to chair the disability advisory committee. That hasn’t happened yet.“My understanding from what I have been told is that I have to accept the abolition of the disability commissioner post and that I will not be chairing the disability advisory committee. I cannot accept either of those.“I think it is absolutely essential that disabled people have a very strong voice as disabled people.“We have equality needs the other protected characteristic groups do not have, and they need to be championed.”He made it clear that when he applied for the post, he was applying for the role of disability commissioner, which is confirmed by a letter – seen by DNS – that was sent to the peer last November by the Government Equalities Office.Asked if he had consulted lawyers about his stand-off with EHRC, he said: “I am keeping my own counsel. I am finding it hard to believe, to be honest, that I am in this situation.“It is not just me who is in this situation, it is disabled people who are in this situation.“Just by abolishing a disability commissioner, an equality body cannot abolish the need for a disability commissioner, and that need continues and indeed it is growing.”The peer said that critics would be “really quite surprised” by his willingness to speak out against the government if needed.He said: “I think it is too easy for someone to say, ‘Oh, he’s a Tory, he’s not one of us.’“If I chaired the DAC I would be listening hard, I wouldn’t go in and impose my views.”Although he has generally been loyal to his party since he was appointed to the Lords in 2015, he points out that he has voted against the government.Last December, he voted against the government when the crossbench peer Baroness Deech – backed by EHRC – tried unsuccessfully to introduce measures that would have forced licensed premises to obey laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.He said: “If people were to say to me, ‘Are you prepared to actually take a stand? Yes, I am, on issues that I really believe in.”Asked if that meant opposing the government, he said: “If necessary.”Asked for a response to Lord Shinkwin’s latest comments, an EHRC spokeswoman said: “The chair and the rest of the board continue to hope that matters can be resolved so that we can focus our attention on tackling the serious inequalities experienced by disabled people in Britain.“The appointment of the new disability advisory committee continues. The arrangements for chairing the committee have not yet been finalised.”EHRC has previously said that, under its new approach, “rather than having just one named champion of disability rights on the board, all board members, including a number of disabled commissioners and others with direct experience, will have a responsibility to champion disability issues”.While he waits for a resolution, Lord Shinkwin said he would “continue campaigning on disability equality”, including on the need for the government to “make good on the commitments” it made in its original Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments.This also includes campaigning on his abortion (disability equality) bill (see separate story), which would make it illegal to abort a foetus with a significant impairment after 24 weeks of a pregnancy, just as it is with foetuses without impairments.At present, it is legal under the 1967 Abortion Act to abort a foetus right up to the point of birth, where [in the act’s words] “there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”.last_img read more

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TOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big

first_imgTOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big start when they take on Wakefield Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Friday.A poor first half was one of the reasons why Keiron Cunningham’s men failed to take the spoils at Leigh last week, despite crossing the line on a number of occasions.“You can look for excuses and look at the disallowed tries, but we weren’t good enough in the first half and that cost us,” he said. “We have to turn up with the right attitude, have a big start this week and get back on the horse.“There aren’t any bad sides in Super League anymore. Wakefield are playing some great rugby have signed quality players in the off season.“All sides want to turn us over at home so we need to hit top form and  have a good attitude. If we do that, it will stand us in good stead.”Tommy was out for the majority of last season with ACL injury and he says one of the things he missed the most was the atmosphere on gameday.He continued: “The fans stick by us through thick and thin. One of the things I missed last year apart from playing was the atmosphere so to have 3,000 or more at Warrington following us every step of the way in that final game was superb.“Then to have 3,000 again at Leigh was outstanding.“Fair play to Leigh, they put on a passionate display. We have to turn St Helens into that as well.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Totally Wicked Stadium, online, or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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Public transport arrangements from Isle of MTV

first_imgMalta Public Transport is operating a special bus service from Valletta after the Isle of MTV event in Floriana on Tuesday.The special network covers all towns to accommodate all those going to the music event as follows:Route S10 – Departs from Valletta Bay A2 at 23:00, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Kalkara and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Għajn Dwieli, Isla, Bormla, Birgu, and Xgħajra.Route S20 – Departs from Valletta Bay A3 every 30 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Msida and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Gżira, Mrabat, San Ġwann, Taż-Żwejt, Kappara, and Tal-Qroqq.Route S30 – Departs from Valletta Bay A4 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 01:00 towards Buġibba and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Iklin, Għargħur, Naxxar, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, and Burmarrad.Route S40 – Departs from Valletta Bay A6 at 23:30, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Għajn Tuffieħa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara Valley Road, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Mġarr, and Manikata.Route S41 – Departs Valletta Bay A5 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Ċirkewwa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Burmarrad, St Paul’s Bay, Xemxija, Mellieħa, and Għadira Bay.Route S50 – Departs from Valletta Bay A7 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Rabat and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Santa Venera, Mrieħel, Attard, Ta’ Qali, Saqqajja, Rabat Interchange, Mtarfa, Rabat Vjal il-Ħaddiem, and Dingli.Route S60 – Departs Valletta Bay A8 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Siġġiewi and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Marsa Park & Ride, Qormi San Sebastjan, Qormi San Edwardu, Qormi Polyclinic, Qormi Mdina Road, and Żebbuġ.Route S70 – Departs Valletta Bay A9 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Mqabba and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, St Vincent de Paul, Luqa, Kirop, Safi, Żurrieq Xarolla, Żurrieq Blue Grotto, Żurrieq Centre, and Qrendi.Route S80 – Departs Valletta Bay A10 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Gudja and makes stops in FLoriana, Blata -l-Bajda, Marsa Park& Ride, Marsa Aldo Moro, Paola, Tarxien, Santa Luċija, Bulebel, Żejtun, Bir id-Deheb, Marsaxlokk, Birżebbuġa, and Għaxaq.Route S90 – Departs Valletta Bay A11 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Marsascala and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Fgura, Zabbar, and Marsascala Qaliet.Route N13 – Departs Valletta Bays A12 and A13 according to demand towards Pembroke Park & Ride and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Gżira, Sliema Ferries, Sliema Tower Road, Spinola, St Julian’s, and Paceville.Read also : Dos and Don’ts at the Isle of MTVWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG2530.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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