St George’s Park will play host to back-to-back finals on Saturday as the climax to three domestic disability cup competitors happen.

It’s all part of the inaugural Disability Cup Finals Day and marks the start of a significant period of activity in disability football, culminating with the Great Britain Cerebral Palsy (CP) side taking part in the Paralympic Games in Rio this September other than honorable discharge upgrade.

In the Power chair Cup Final, Watford s Aspire handle Northern Thunder from the north east while the CP Final includes Lancashire side CP United and Chelsea who qualified as winners of the northern and southern conferences respectively.

The display is concluded with the Blind Cup Final, where Sporting Club Albion handle RNC Shrews in an all-Midlands affair.

m1" We are thrilled to be operating in collaboration with the Wheelchair Football Association National League, CP Sport National CP Football League and the National Blind Futsal League, stated Colin Chaytors, Chair of The FA Disability Football Committee.

" It is our ambition that The FA Disability Cup Finals Day will end up being a long-term fixture on the football calendar, so that we can celebrate the accomplishments of those involved, whilst also raising awareness of the chances that exist for everyone within impairment football."

Sporting Club Albion have been a part of the National Blind Futsal League for eight seasons and boast previous cup-winning pedigree.

Group coach Paul Glover said: We are thrilled to get there and it is a big accomplishment, we won the league this year too so ideally it’ll be a double season success.

Newcastle’s Northern Thunder are seeking to edge out intense competitors Aspire in the Power Chair Final and after they won the title last season, are duly eager to retain the prize.

" It’s a long standing competition in between the 2 teams, and through the nationwide league both teams generally battle it out for first or 2nd position in the table," stated boss Adam Parry.

" With them winning the league this year and just beating us to it at the last minute, it implies we are fired up and don t want them to get that double.".

And CP United FC s creator Michelle Willcock mentioned their passion ahead of the game with Chelsea by announcing: The club s values has to do with developing players.

" It is good for the team to get to the last, however genuine success for us is the development of the club and the more gamers with CP having the ability to gain access to football is the ultimate go for our club.


" Trophies are excellent but they are a bi-product of concentrating on advancement and getting the environment right for the players included.".

Highlights from the 3 finals will appear on next week.


The Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee is holding a query into the 'Disability Employment Gap', and the due date for submissions is Monday. (Apologies for the brief notification, they keep launching these things when I'm far from home and/or playing around after medical stuff).

Scope of the query

The Committee invites composed submissions addressing the following points:

To what degree are the current range of proposed measures most likely to achieve the Government’s ambition of closing the disability employment gap?

How effective is the Disability Confident campaign in minimizing obstacles to work and educating employers?

Exactly what should support for individuals with health conditions and disabilities in the proposed Work and Health program appear like?

m5Exactly what are the most likely impacts on impairment work of the abolition of the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity component?

I'll be putting in a response, which is likely to run along the lines of "Fat chance. Worse than useless. Nothing like DWP wants. And catastrophic", however at rather greater length. This is your opportunity to comment on:

Whether the federal government truly wants to halve the disability work space, or simply get enough briefly ill people back into work it appears like they did.

How Disability Confident is in fact working to reinforce prejudiced views of disabled people by its focus on motivation porn, its rejection that work environment impairment discrimination exists, its motivation to employers not to take notice of disability (and therefore to the adjustments we need), and its evident belief that the only suitable jobs for disabled individuals are entry level and base pay. Oh, and we're 'motivating'.

How proposals for the Work and Health programmed are likely to be a catastrophe. Information are all however impossible to discover, however the different DWP pilot plans, such as putting JCP staff into physicians' surgical treatments. and the Tory manifesto proposition for the enforced treatment of certain conditions recommend that DWP wishes to establish a system in which it can straight influence the medical treatment handicapped individuals receive and make their benefits conditional on doing as DWP demands.

And how the 30 cut in ESA, so that those in the Work Related Activity Group will be treated identically to non-disabled jobseekers on JSA, will further deteriorate the acknowledgment that this group consists of many badly and long term disabled individuals, who require specialized support from JCP staff, which is already being annihilated via the widespread axing of Disability Employment Advisers within JCP.

m4The aim of closing the impairment employment gap is one we must all have the ability to get behind, but DWP's appalling history around disabled jobseekers, which mostly consists of searching for methods to deny we are handicapped, or prove us scams, leaves me with little self-confidence that this is their genuine intent, while the farcical Disability Confident confirms they are far more thinking about pandering to clichéd values of impairment we hoped we had left behind 30 years ago.

Responses are due by Monday 9th May. Whether that is close of company, or Midnight, appears not to be stated. There are more details on reacting in the Easy Read version than on the main site.

Opportunities to have our say do not come along often, so let's benefit from this one.

Political sketch writer Quentin Letts has actually apologized for a short article he wrote mocking the impairment of broadcaster Andrew Marr.


In a Daily Mail review of the brand-new Robert Peston show on ITV, Letts described Marr as "Captain-Hop-Along, roaring away on BBC One, throwing his arm about like a tipsy conductor".

Marr had a stroke in January 2013.

Letts tweeted his apology after an article from media commentator Roy Greenslade appeared in the Guardian.

Greenslade stated in his short article, called It Isn’t Funny or Smart for Quentin Letts to Poke Fun at Andrew Marr: "I do not wish to come off all namby-pamby.

" I comprehend that no-one should be beyond criticism and that Letts was exercising his right to push flexibility.

" But really Quentin, that was a rude remark."

He then required Letts to apologies.

Letts confessed his comments about "the exceptional Marr" were "ghastly". His tweet of apology was met comments listed below it, calling him "utterly disgraceful" and "terrible".