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Changes to DLA will go ahead but with concessions and Tony Blair's father in law fights Westminster parking officials

Guest Guest | 15:10 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

The government fought off a renewed challenge to its highly unpopular welfare reform bill on Tuesday night. Peers rejected a proposal to delay plans to replace disability Living Allowance with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payments by just 16 votes after ministers offered consessions.

Tony Blair's father in law, veteran actor Tony Booth, is locked in a bitter row with parking officials in Westminster after police told him he couldn't park in front of his daughter Cherie's Connaught Square home. They directed him around the back to Archery Place where he received a ticket despite clearly displaying his blue badge.

Reacting in The Evening Standard Mr.Booth said,
"someone must do something about Westminster's attitude to the disabled. Maybe I should arrange a march on City Hall? It is a Tory council. Perhaps we should call on all disabled people to vote against Boris?"

Elsewhere in the news

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Depression drugs 'causing falls'- (BBC News)

Welfare reform bill - cuts to disability benefits - (The Guardian)

Life after legal aid: the fightback begins - (The Guardian)

What next for the Spartacus welfare campaign? (Comment is free, The Guardian)

Study shows memory loss can start as early as 45 - (Business World Weekender)

Independent life / How a 1960s student with polio inspired disability rights

DLA changes: Tanni Grey-Thompson and Iain Duncan Smith (BBC News)

No funding crisis in social care, says minister (The Society Guardian)

The cuts in London: where will Lucy live? (Society Guardian)

The Lords are the only decent politicians left (Suzanne Moore's column in the Daily Mail)

NHS warned of 'neurology timebomb' (The Guardian)

Cultivating veg gave me zest for life after stroke (The Daily Express)

Type 1 diabetes discovery by Cardiff University and King's College (BBC News)

Enabling communication is vital in families of deaf children (Comment is Free, The Guardian)

Push Girls: Meet the wheelchair-bound stars of a groundbreaking new reality show (The Daily Mail)

Mark Opinion, Steel: Time to inflict pain on the terminally ill (The Independent)

Opinion, Matthew Norman: Cameron is the David Brent of welfare reform (The Independent)




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