One in four Brits admit to avoiding conversations with disabled people

‘Fear of causing offence’ and ‘feeling uncomfortable’ cited as reasons for not speaking to disabled people One in four people admit they have actively avoided conversations with disabled people, research shows, prompting concerns that there is a ”silent epidemic” of isolation across the UK. A survey of more than 2,000 people by national disability charity Sense found that half (52 per cent) believed … Read More

Schools struggling to support children with mental health problems

One in 10 children between five and 16 years old suffer with depression, anxiety or conduct disorder, according to the Mental Health Foundation. But more than half of UK schools are struggling to support them, a new study found. Theresa May recently announced that schools will receive mental health training, but this doesn’t apply to primary schools. And researchers found … Read More

Nearly half of employers hesitant about hiring someone with a disability

Nearly half of employers (45 per cent) are hesitant about hiring someone with a disability because of fears they wouldn’t be able to do the job according to latest research from disability organisation Purple. The nationwide survey of one thousand businesses also found a fifth of hiring managers (22 per cent) admitted they were worried about interviewing someone with a … Read More

UK boards stall in recruitment of female directors

Survey finds hires fall for first time as Britain lags behind Europe The rate at which women are being promoted to the boards of the UK’s largest companies has slowed for the first time. Women made up 29 per cent of hires to UK boards last year, down from 32.1 per cent in 2014 and 31.6 per cent in 2012. … Read More

Top award from PM for Black Cultural Archives patron Brawn

Top award from PM for Black Cultural Archives patron Brawn Miranda Brawn, patron of Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives, has won another award for her work to improve diversity. Prime minister Theresa May gave Brawn (right), a successful lawyer and businesswoman, a “Point of Light” award for her work with young future leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The … Read More

Disabled children with behavioural issues ‘hidden away’

Disabled children in England with severe behavioural and complex mental health issues are being “separated and hidden” from society, a review warns. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) says these children should not be put into institutions at an early age. Such a move costs the taxpayer dear and gives youngsters low ambitions for improving their lives, the CDC says. … Read More

MI 6 chief on why gender diversity is a matter of national urgency

MI 6 Chief Sir Alex Younger believes Britain’s got tech talent, and attracting the best and brightest means levelling the playing field for women in technology. Here’s why. “My message is a simple one: we need the best talent from the widest range of backgrounds to counter the threats facing this country and to seize the opportunities presented by modern … Read More

Gender pay gap starts early with 20% disparity in pocket money – study

Girls aged five to 16 receive £2.20 less per week than boys and are allowed less financial independence, report shows The gender pay gap by which women earn significantly less than men during their careers begins early in childhood with boys receiving 20% more pocket money than girls, according to a report. Not only do girls receive less money, they … Read More

Hate crime towards disabled rises by 700 per cent

Other forms of recorded hate crime incidents seem to be dropping. Recorded hate crime incidents towards disabled people in West Suffolk have risen by more than 700 per cent, according to new figures released by Suffolk Police. In 2015, there were six recorded incidents for the entire year – but in 2016, that figure rose to 49. Other forms of … Read More

Flintshire-based RainbowBiz Thrives After Receiving Support from Business Wales

A social enterprise company based in Flintshire is thriving after receiving support from the Welsh Government’s business support service, Business Wales, and has been shortlisted for a national award. Established in 2015 by director Sue Oliver and business partner and life partner, Sarah, RainbowBiz helps to promote equality and diversity within Wales. Although originally starting the company with a different … Read More