A Disability Confident company owned by the Depa

first_imgA “Disability Confident” company owned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) subjected a disabled member of staff to repeated abuse from strangers after it refused for more than 15 months to make a simple alteration to his parking arrangements.It is now more than 15 months since wheelchair-user Jamie Shield reported to managers at BPDTS that he was receiving abuse from other workers at the Benton Park View complex in Newcastle because of the way he was forced to park his car.Instead of arranging for him to have an accessible parking bay, BPDTS had allocated him two spaces next to each other and told him to park in the middle of the pair of bays (pictured), allowing him space to slide from the driver’s seat into his wheelchair.But from the first day of the new arrangement, Shield began receiving abuse from passers-by, criticising him for parking in the middle of two spaces.The abuse was so bad that he has considered reporting it as disability hate crime.BPDTS was set up two years ago by DWP to provide it with its IT services, and is based at offices run by HM Revenue and Customs in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.The company claims – under DWP’s own disability employment scheme – to be a Disability Confident Employer, for those organisations “recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance”.Such employers must promise they are “proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required” to disabled employees.But Shield said: “On an almost daily basis I got colleagues shaking their head at me, gesturing with their hands, or at worst walking past making verbal insults.“Everybody who doesn’t know me and the arrangement thinks I am taking up two spaces.“[Managers] told me there was nothing they could do about it and if I wasn’t happy I could leave my car at home and make alternative arrangements because I was the one who had the problem with parking.”An employment tribunal case he took against BPDTS failed to properly consider these claims of discrimination for legal reasons, he says, and he is now taking a further case against the company.And he is still waiting for other reasonable adjustments to be put into place by BPDTS.Funding was approved in May 2017 for fellow staff to undergo awareness training in Asperger’s syndrome – as he is autistic – but the training has still not taken place more than a year later.He feels he is being victimised and says the discrimination he faces has increased since the tribunal ruling in April. He is now on sick leave.He said: “It would be highly appropriate for them to be taken off the Disability Confident register because by no means are they Disability Confident.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “The matters raised have been heard previously at an employer tribunal. The judgement of which stated there was no discrimination taking place.“We’re not able to comment further at this time due to ongoing litigation.”It is the second time a disabled BPDTS employee has alleged discrimination because of the Disability Confident company’s parking policies.Last September, Disability News Service (DNS) reported how Leonora Bateman was forced to quit her job because she was refused a parking space close to the BPDTS offices even though her mental health condition meant she experienced severe anxiety attacks when walking long distances on her own.The Disability Confident scheme has been repeatedly discredited since it was launched by David Cameron in 2013.Research published two years ago suggested it would be “trivially easy to abuse”, and in May 2017 DWP awarded itself the highest level of membership of the scheme despite being found guilty by the United Nations of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.A Civil Service survey in 2016 had also shown how more than 1,400 disabled DWP civil servants claimed they had faced discrimination in the workplace, an increase of nearly a quarter on the previous year.DNS also revealed that among those employers that had signed up to Disability Confident were a company that tried to halve its disabled advisors’ pay; a religious order responsible for decades of abuse of disabled people; and a police force facing two disability discrimination inquiries.DWP’s three benefit assessment contractors – Maximus, Atos and Capita – all heavily and repeatedly criticised for the way they treat disabled people, have also declared themselves to be Disability Confident.last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced a twoyear sponsorship with

first_imgSAINTS have announced a two-year sponsorship with Typhoo tea, one of the nation’s most established household brands.As part of the agreement the club’s home and away kits in both 2012 and 2013 will showcase the iconic Typhoo logo on the front of shirt.The brand will also adorn all media back drops, official club stationery, matchday and season tickets, along with over 18,000 branded cups of Typhoo tea which will be served at each home game.Typhoo will also create the ‘Typhoo Family Area’ where young children can go with their parents to enjoy the game.St Helens and the club’s fans will also support the Typhoo Sports for All programme with ‘bucket’ collections at selected games, enabling further funds to be invested in the community sports programme.The sponsorship package, which will be supported by substantial marketing investment, continue Typhoo’s commitment to sport.Typhoo aligned in 2008 with the Federation of Disability Sport (FDS) to launch the ‘Typhoo Sports for All’ initiative, a programme to enable and improve access for disabled people to participate in sport.The campaign was supported by both Sir Geoff Hurst and Martine Wright and to date this programme has trained well over 1,600 community sports coaches, making sport accessible to all.The agreement, alongside a similar sponsorship of power boat racing championship P1 SuperStock, will support Typhoo’s ambitious plans for growth in 2011-12, with the manufacturer aiming to deliver over 15 per cent growth in sales year on year.Keith Packer, Typhoo Tea CEO, commented: “Typhoo is delighted to announce our latest sponsorship deals with two very well renowned sporting brands in the build up to what we know will be a very exciting year ahead. These two opportunities are perfectly aligned to Typhoo’s company values and our continued association with sport, and we look forward to building a long lasting and meaningful partnership with the teams and sporting enthusiasts alike. This is the first of our major initiatives this year with more to follow…”Tony Colquitt, St. Helens CEO, added: “St Helens are delighted to be entering into a partnership with a world class, FMCG brand which will broaden the profile of the club at the most exciting time in its history and widen the exposure of Rugby League to the public.“We look forward to realising the full potential of this partnership and increasing the exposure of Typhoo and Saints via a host of joint initiatives.“Additionally our Community programmes interact with more than 50,000 youngsters so alongside Typhoo’s Sports for All scheme we will be joining forces to get more young people active.”Pictured are Jon Wilkin, Paul Wellens and Jamie Foster with Saints CEO Tony Colquitt (right) and Keith Packer, CEO of Typhoo Tea.last_img read more

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PAUL Wellens says its back to business after the

first_imgPAUL Wellens says it’s back to business after the League Leaders’ Shield celebrations.Saints paraded Langtree Park’s first piece of silverware around the pitch following the win over Castleford but now thoughts turn to next Thursday’s big Playoff Semi Final.“It was a good victory and it was great to celebrate winning the Shield in front of the fans and have our kids on the pitch,” he said. “Now we have to focus on the big game next week and prepare well to come up with a big performance. We will be working hard.”Saints will head into next Thursday’s Playoff Semi Final fresh from a weekend off courtesy of their 41-0 win over Castleford.“It was a fantastic performance from the boys under pressure,” Paul continued. “That is what play-off football is all about; it is about producing on the day and to a man we stood up to the challenge.“Our forward pack laid the foundation and off the back of that Jordan Turner and Lance Hohaia controlled the game which is key in these types of fixtures.“James Roby was phenomenal too. There are only so many things you can say about him that haven’t already been said. He is a phenomenal player who continuously produces at the top level.“The thing is, he is that good on a weekly basis that he gets taken for granted.“I can assure everyone that we don’t take the work he does for granted. He was huge and proved why he is one of the best hookers in the world.”Saints led 13-0 at half time and then cut the Tigers to shreds.And undoubtedly the highlight of the five tries scored in that second half was Turner’s effort after he’d linked with Roby and Sia Soliola.Wellens continued: “We work hard in training and it is pleasing when you put that effort in and it comes off in a game.“We knew opportunities would present themselves if we just remained patient and controlled the ball well. We then capitalised off those opportunities.“But our defence was key too. We had desperation to defend our line particularly at the end of the game. That wasn’t needed for the scoreboard but we knew we needed to do it as in two weeks’ time we will need to come up with those types of plays.”Tickets for the game are currently on sale to Season Ticket Holders.Further details can be found herelast_img read more

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Renewing now means you save on the Early Bird and

first_imgRenewing now means you save on the Early Bird and General Price Membership cost … and that’s before you consider how much value they are compared to matchday prices.For instance, a Hattons Solicitors West Stand renewal is £230 (or £24.32 a month) compared to £276 at Early Bird, whereas one adult & one child in the family stand will cost £250 (£33.30 a month).The Early Bird price is £315.And, if you look at a Gold adult renewal in the North or South Stands … the price is £307 (£32.45 a month) compared to £369 from Wednesday morning.What’s more, you can enjoy the following…Adult MembershipMembership Access CardYour ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series/Challenge Cup)All your Betfred Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals*Exclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your MembershipExclusive Membership only merchandise & stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive news including new signings, via SMS before general releaseExclusive invites to Member only events during 2018Bring a friend for just £5 to a 2018 home match of your choice (excludes Wigan home games)50% off your 2018 Magic Weekend ticketAccess to our Member feedback channels to engage with the Club and give us your views and opinionsDiscounted away travel via Club Travel Partner Hatton’s TravelEntry into the Ultimate Fan compJunior MembershipMembership Access CardJunior Membership holders get free access to all 2018 Saints away games (subject to availability)Entry into a draw to be a matchday mascot and walk out with the first-team before a Super League matchYour ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series/Challenge Cup)All your Betfred Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals*Exclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your MembershipExclusive Membership only merchandise & stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive invites to Member only events during 2018Discounted away travel via Club Travel Partner Hatton’s TravelEntry into the Ultimate Fan compTo buy, or take advantage of a 10 month direct debit, call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or call 01744 455 052.For further information, click here.last_img read more

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Its a meeting of the Leagues top two teams with

first_imgIt’s a meeting of the League’s top two teams with Saints currently topping the Rhinos by point’s difference.“We’re really looking forward to getting back out on the field and it’s fair to say this game cannot come soon enough,” Head Coach Mark Brennan said. “It’s another big challenge for us as Leeds are unbeaten in the league and have been playing really well. We are expecting another tough and physical game.“After last week’s disappointment we have been training hard and all want to put in an improved performance.“Leeds are a good side but for us it’s about focusing on our own game, learning each week and challenging each other to improve.”He continued: “The fans have been great this season and have followed us on our travels to Bradford and Wigan as well as backing us at home.“We’re looking forward to playing in front of them again at Crusader Park in what will be another tough game but a great advert for Women’s Super League.”Saints from:Pip Birchall, Leah Burke, Rhianna Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Faye Gaskin, Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Charlotte Hill, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Roxy Mura, Becca Rotheram, Emily Rudge, Isabelle Rudge, Dawn Taylor, Jade Ward, Katie-May Williams and Naomi Williams.The game kicks off at 2:15pm and entry is £2.last_img read more

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