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Here you will find the latest articles surrounding many hot topics in the mobility, disability and healthcare industries, issues that you may find relevant to yourself or a loved one. We will do our best to find you interesting and informative articles regularly, so don't forget to check for updates!

Ability outlet is proud to say that it was mentioned in the Kent Messenger for its exemplary customer care Click here to see the original article.

Another recent event which is sadly not so positive was the stealing of two charity boxes from our Rochester branch  Click here to see the perpetrator in action, and of course if you recognise him please contact us or the police immediately. For the full story go to Yourmedway



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Warning over new disability assessments 

More needs to be done to ensure that new welfare assessments for the disabled are managed fairly, the government has been told.

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee of MPs says that some of the planned reforms to the Disability Living Allowance could mean people lose out on the money they rely on to meet their needs.

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New disability tests 'must prove fair and accurate'

The government must ensure new welfare assessments planned for disabled people are "accurate and fair" before they are rolled out nationally, MPs have said.

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Disability benefit changes 'are creating anxiety'

The chair of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee Dame Anne Begg has warned that the government's planned changes to disability benefit are creating anxiety.

Her comments come after the committee urged the government not to introduce planned assessments for the new disability benefit until it was clear that they were empathetic and accurate.

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New  Mobility Scooter Code for Buses

On Wednesday, 14 September 2011 and following discussions with the Department for Transport, Confederation for Passenger Transport (CPT) launched a Code of Practice for the use and acceptance of Mobility Scooters on low floor buses.

The Code simplifies and puts in place standardised procedures for Operators and Mobility Scooter to ensure they are able to safely use bus services. The Code aims to make clear to all concerned the types of mobility scooters our vehicles will be able to accommodate. It introduces a permit system for the mobility scooter user that will make it easier for the bus driver to recognise that the mobility scooter has been approved by the Operator and the user has been trained in how to safely board and alight from the bus. The permit will be accepted by all Operators who adopt the Code.

The Code is being implemented through four documents: 

  • A general information leaflet that can be used by operators and staff as well as scooter users and members of the public;
  • 2 visual scooter recognition guides for driver reference and use; and
  • A credit card-sized scooter permit which is issued to scooter users by operators on successful assessment and training in boarding, alighting and moving within the vehicle.
  • In addition there are two letter templates for dealing with
  • general enquiries from the public / scooter users about the Code; and
  • A slightly different version for scooter users who have been refused. 

A significant section of our industry has already announced that they are adopting the Code and are listed below. Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP has asked to be kept informed of progress and we therefore encourage any operator adopting it to advise CPT.

To date the Code has been accepted by;

  • Arriva
  • Blackpool Transport Services Ltd
  • Bluestar
  • Centrebus
  • Country Bus
  • Firstgroup
  • Metrobus
  • National Express
  • Quality Line
  • Reading Transport Ltd
  • Safeguard
  • Southern Vectis
  • Stagecoach
  • Thamesdown Transport
  • Transdev Blazefield Limited
  • Trentbarton
  • Western Greyhound
  • Wilts and Dorset
  • Yellow Buses

Designer's 'perfect' wheelchair to go into production

A Scots entrepreneur's design of a revolutionary wheelchair could finally be about to go into commercial production.

For the past four years Andrew Slorance has devoted much of his energy and money into creating what he regards as the perfect wheelchair.

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Two win sickness benefit test legal challenge

Two people with mental health problems, who claimed the test for sickness benefit would discriminate against them, have won their legal challenge.