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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2011): Services for the disabled - UK

Children endure seven-month wait for wheelchairs

L. Higgs

Children and Young People Now, July 26th-Aug. 8th 2011, p. 10-11

Figures obtained through freedom of information requests sent to all 151 primary care trusts and answered in full by 40 areas show that 451 children had to wait four to eight weeks to be assessed for a wheelchair, while 786 had to wait for more than 12 weeks. A further 358 children had to wait between 12 and 16 weeks to receive equipment following assessment and 504 had to wait more than 16 weeks. If these figures are replicated nationally, it would mean almost 3,000 children wait more than three months to be assessed every year, while 3,300 have to wait more than three months to receive their equipment.

The fight for independence


Labour Research, Aug. 2011, p. 17-18

This article introduces the work of the Hardest Hit campaign, which is opposing government cuts to financial support and services to disabled people. The campaign is focusing on four key areas:

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