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Disabled people whose mobility is affected by mental health conditions or autism are having their blue parking badges snatched away by local councils in England as a result of the introduction of the governments new disability benefit. Government guidance issued after the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) advises councils how to deal with blue badge applications from disabled people who formerly claimed disability living allowance (DLA) but have now been reassessed for…

David Cameron axes equality assessments in war on 'red tape'

David Cameron axes equality assessments in war on 'red tape' PM announces end to equality impact assessments, a cut in judicial reviews and streamlined consultation

Junior doctors next plan to strike on 6 April. Photo: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock

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Doctors outraged over contract 'discriminating against single women'

Doctors have reacted furiously after the Government’s own impact assessment of the new junior doctor contract said any “adverse effect” impact on women’s pay was a “proportionate” means to an end. The Department of Health’s Equality Impact Assessment of the controversial new contract, which was published in full this week, found that aspects of the new contract would “impact disproportionately on women”, with particular disadvantages for single mothers.

Risk-assessment processes typically expose only the most direct threats facing a company and neglect indirect ones that can have an equal or greater impact.