Organisations that represent disabled people from

first_imgOrganisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.last_img read more

SAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season w

first_imgSAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season with a 28-20 loss at home to Hull FC on Easter Monday.Battered and bruised from their Good Friday exploits, they put in a solid shift – with two youngsters making their bow – but ultimately couldn’t overhaul their opponents with the game locked at 20-20.Saints had led 12-10 at the break.Giving debutants to 19-year-old Jack Ashworth at centre and Ricky Bailey, 17, on the wing, Tommy Makinson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook cancelled out tries from Jamie Shaul and Curtis Naughton.Leon Pryce bagged one against his former employers early in the second half but an Alex Walmsley inspired power run set Jordan Turner away.Saints probably should have closed out the game but Fetuli Talanoa and a late Shaul effort handed Hull the spoils.FC struck first after Saints had produced a decent opening set.Bailey and Matty Dawson went up for a high ball – getting in each other’s way – and on the resultant new set, following a penalty for interference, Shaul ghosted in on the angle.It was hardly the start the home side wanted and on Hull’s next attack they forced two repeats and won a penalty.Saints defended their lines and almost replied when James Roby made a break.The hooker was instrumental in Saints’ first try of the afternoon.On 15 minutes he combined with Lance Hohaia to put Tommy Makinson over.The winger – at full back in place of Paul Wellens – showing great feet to dance past the defence.After a nervy start it was exactly what the doctor ordered because Saints scored on their very next set.Forcing an error they attacked Hull’s 20 and Turner found LMS on the burst for 10-6.Makinson tagging his second conversion of the afternoon.Saints should have gone further ahead but conceded when two penalties handed Curtis Naughton the space to dive in the corner.Alex Walmsley hacked on a Hull error in the 25th minute and put down under pressure – but the referee bizarrely pulled it back for the first indiscretion.Saints couldn’t make a drop out and a repeat set pay on 35 minutes and the home side’s D did the trick on Hull’s next attack.In the second half, Bailey made way for Flanagan with Jones heading into the centres.Hull retook the lead on 46 minutes as Saints, once again penalised, failed to stop the run of Leon Pryce.Rankin added his second conversion of the afternoon but Saints should have hit right back following another wonderful Roby run.He danced through the defence and set Hohaia free, but the chance was lost on the last.Saints weren’t to be denied though and shortly after Jordan Turner showed great strength to get over following Alex Walmsley’s computer game run.He certainly did press X repeatedly!Makinson putting Saints ahead with the conversion.Saints had their tails up but went behind in controversial circumstances.On 65 minutes, Hohaia gets called for a knock on that looked suspect and on the subsequent set Talanoa flew over in the corner off a slightly suspect pass.No matter though as five minutes later Makinson slotted over to level.On 75 minutes Saints had a set that got them right into Hull’s territory. The ball went to ground and within seconds Shaul was under the sticks for his second.Rankin converted and then added a penalty with the clock kicking down to seal the points.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, TurnerGoals: Makinson (4 from 4)Hull FC: Tries: Shaul (2), Naughton, Pryce, TalanoaGoals: Rankin (4 from 6)Penalties: Saints: 6Hull FC: 8HT: 12-10FT: 20-28REF: Robert HicksATT: 11,088Teams:Saints: 2. Tommy Makinson; 33. Ricky Bailey, 22. Matty Dawson, 28. Jack Ashworth, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 16. Lance Hohaia; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 4. Josh Jones, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 25. Andre Savelio.Subs: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Tom Lineham, 19. Steve Michaels, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 20. Curtis Naughton; 6. Leon Pryce, 32. Jordan Rankin; 8. Mickey Paea, 34. Stuart Howarth, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Dean Hadley, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 9. Danny Houghton, 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 23. James Cunningham.last_img read more

Malta Italy agree to cooperate more on migration

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FacebookFacebook Italy and Malta have agreed to cooperate more on migration by embarking ‘on a more intense and systematic consultations’ which include policy aspects related to the management of migratory flows.READ: Watch: ‘Malta and Italy fail to honour migration commitments’The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the talks started following up on a previous meeting held in Rome for which Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela met with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi.The Ministry announced that Italy and Malta will also undertake joint initiatives in the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027.According to the Ministry, the joint initiatives will ensure greater allocations for more incisive action in the cooperation and development of the countries of origin and transit of migration flows.READ: Reform of European asylum laws is ‘much needed’ – Minister FarrugiaWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more