Scope report: Independent. Confident. Connected

We feel Government action is needed to change attitudes towards disability. The inter-ministerial disability strategy group should have a clearly defined objective to improve attitudes towards disabled people.

This is from the August 2018 report (pdf) from Scope which brings together findings from three pieces of research with disabled people from across the country.

Department of Health and Social Care policy paper: Think Autism Strategy – Governance Refresh 2018

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The Autism Act (2009) places a duty on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England, and to review it from time to time.

In August 2018, the Think Autism Strategy (pdf) itself has not changed, but the implementation activities required to deliver its intended outcomes, and who will do what, have been clarified.

Child Poverty Action Group report: Rough Justice

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People can lose the effect of work allowances, be inappropriately benefit capped while in work, and lose out on support for housing costs. These problems should surprise nobody, having been raised in parliament as far back as 2012 when universal credit was still in the design stage.

This according to the August 2018 report (pdf) from Child Poverty Action Group on  the universal credit.

Women’s Budget Group report: The Female Face of Poverty

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Poverty is gendered. Women in the UK are slightly more likely to live in poverty than men when this is measured on the usual household basis (21% of adult women, compared to 19% of adult men in 2016-17).

This is from the July 2018 report (pdf) from the Women’s Budget Group  on the causes of poverty among women and the consequences that poverty has on women’s lives.