Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Disabled welfare tests on fourth floor: Couldn't make it up

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 05/06/2013

It has all the elements of one of those newspaper stories with the banner headline – you couldn't make it up.

Hundreds of disabled welfare claimants were called to an assessment centre in Belfast, on the fourth floor.

They were then turned away because there were fears those with severe mobility or visual problems could not evacuate the building safely in an emergency.

Instead they had to go to other centres in Portadown or Ballymena.

Some uncharitable souls might think claimants were asked to go to the fourth floor as some sort of benefits test. We would not be so uncharitable.

However, we would question the fitness of whoever presided over this.

Is access not the first thing one thinks of when dealing with people with disabilities?

Such a blunder doesn't inspire confidence in the assessment procedure.

Belfast Telegraph

Read More

Father would be so proud of his twins' charity appeal 

Editor's Viewpoint There are many demands on our charity from deserving causes but it would be a hard heart which is not moved by the appeal by twins Amy and Liam Murray for donations to the Cancer Focus Christmas appeal. Having lost their father Liam to cancer six years ago, they know the value of the services offered by the organisation. Cancer is expected to hit one in two people in the coming years and there will be many households with empty chairs this Christmas...

From Belfast Telegraph