Austerity measures

Mar 04, 2014,

ENIL launches new “Stop Disability Cuts” website to raise awareness of the impact of the economic crisis on the lives of disabled people in Europe

4th March 2014, Dublin- The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is launching a new website www.stopdisabilitycuts.eu, developed in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre and the European Disability Forum. The website is part of the ENIL-led campaign “Stop Disability Cuts”, which seeks to raise awareness of the increased marginalisation disabled people face as a…

Nov 11, 2013,

Victory For Independent Living Rights In English Appeal Court

Statement by Anne Pridmore, Gabriel Pepper and Stuart Bracking As three of the Independent Living Fund users who have challenged the legality of the government’s decision to close the Fund, we welcome the Appeal Court’s unanimous ruling that this decision should be quashed. Given the Government has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court,…

Nov 07, 2013,

Victory-Appeal Court in London Quash decision to close the Independent Living Fund

On the 6th November 2013 the Appeal Court in London, United Kingdom took a significant and powerful step towards reversing the recent trend towards the cutting of services and funds to disabled people. The Appeal Court unanimously quashed the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund on the grounds that it breached the Public…

Sep 30, 2013,

Cuts and harsher conditions for disabled people in Norway?

With inspiration gained from the Strasbourg Freedom Drive Vibeke Maroy Melström, President of the European Network on Independent Living called for a renewal and stronger Independent Living movement and for a louder voice against the cuts to be heard in Europe. In her speech at the Strasbourg Freedom Drive Vibeke said “I come from Norway,…

Jul 03, 2013,

Ireland: Mother Forced to Place Daughter in Residential Care

Most people applaud when the business case for change coincides with human rights.  Its good to do the right thing and even better when both individuals and the taxpayer benefits.  Or at least one would have thought so until reading the distressing news that a mother was left with no option after cumulative cutbacks –…

Apr 25, 2013,

ENIL Interview MEP Jean Lambert

Jean Lambert is a Green Party member of the European Parliament for London. She is an active member of the Disability Intergroup and is also a regular defender of the right of Independent Living at the European Level. She is a member of the European Parliament Committee of Employment and Social Affairs where the impact…

Feb 12, 2013,

Effects of the Budget Cuts in Britain

Nadia Clarke is 20 years old and is a campaigner for people with disabilities. She has cerebal palsy and is deaf.  She has travelled to many places around the world speaking about the rights of people with disabilities and has also spoken in the House of Commons in Britain. In this short video from ITV she…