Beijing 2022 Paralympics: Day 4

A day of impressive finishes and close comebacks for Paralympics GB in the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. Day 4 in Beijing saw two sports out on the snow and ice. Our Para Nordic skiers competed in the Biathlon, while our Wheelchair Curlers were back at the Ice Cube for their latest matches in the round …

Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games: Day 3

Another action-packed day saw Paralympics GB add two more medals to their tally, taking their total to five after just three days – Incredible! There were also massive performances away from the ski slopes, including a best ever result in Para Snowboard for Paralympics GB and a huge win for our Wheelchair Curlers. Another day, …

Winter Paralympics produce history in the Beijing Hills

The Beijing Winter Paralympic Games are flying for Paralympics GB as they mash it up in the mountains above China’s capital city.  And it’s all on Channel 4: The Paralympic Broadcaster. Day 2 – one for the history books!   Paralympics GB continued to shine in the mountains of Beijing on Day 2, with the …

E-Scooters, Dangerous by Design

In July 2020 the Government launched e-scooter trials. E-scooters exploded onto our streets, not just legal e-scooters, run by rental companies as part of the Government trials, but illegal, privately owned e-scooters were suddenly everywhere. A motorised vehicle that could only legally be ridden on private land was killing, often teenage, riders on our roads, …

Access to Cash Crisis

Thousands of bank branches closed Analysis of bank branch closures since 2015 have shown not only that huge numbers of bank branches are closing but also that closures are happening at an accelerating pace. Over 700 bank branches closed last year alone and 220 branches are already scheduled to close this year (2022). In total, …

New Year’s Honours for Tokyo 2020 Paralympians

After a uniquely challenging summer of sport and a truly incredible Paralympic Games it is deeply satisfying to see the New Year’s Honours list includes 48 awards for Paralympians and individuals associated with the Paralympics. Both the Chair and Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association have received honours. Professor Nick Webborn OBE, appointed Chair …

The Disabled Students’ Allowance Scheme is not working

What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)? Entering higher education is not easy, harder still during Covid, harder by multiple factors if you happen to be a disabled student. The Disabled Students’ Allowance was set up to enable, to empower disabled students to fulfil their potential alongside their non disabled colleagues.  The scheme could cover …

UK Cash Network – Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have (1) to designate the United Kingdom’s cash network as Critical National Infrastructure, and (2) to introduce a Universal Service Obligation for the provision of cash. My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, whether for the financial inclusion of individuals or the overall resilience of the …

COP 26: Disabled Access – Question

Chris tabled an oral question – “to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to undertake an inquiry into the reasons why the COP26 summit venue did not provide equal access for people with disabilities; and what steps they are taking to ensure that similar events in future are accessible to all.” In his …