News round up: ‘9% of disabled people victims of hate crime’

Charity says 9% of disabled people have been victims of hate crime

Almost one in 10 disabled people in the UK have been the victim of a hate crime, according to a leading disability charity.

For the first time, the 2009 version of an annual survey carried out by Leonard Cheshire Disability asked respondents whether they had faced a crime which they felt was motivated by their disability, with 9% saying they had.

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Final hammer blow for social care pledge

The dream of a professional register of 1.4 million social care workers in England is over. Today’s report on the inquiry into the failure of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to regulate competently the conduct of social workers and social work students – the first and easiest 100,000 of that hugely ambitious target group – drives the final nails into the coffin of a plan that was a Labour commitment when the party took power in 1997.

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Crass public sector cuts would wreak lasting social and economic damage, warns union leader

Brendan Barber, the TUC leader, has warned that big public spending cuts could cause “social and economic damage” as survey findings show Britons have become increasingly reliant on public services to cope with the recession.

A poll conducted for the TUC by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) suggests pressure on services has increased as people turn to local services such as debt counselling, business advice, and housing and job searches.

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