A disabled woman is having to pay hundreds of poun

first_imgA disabled woman is having to pay hundreds of pounds extra to fly to Canada to visit a friend because British Airways (BA) has refused to make a simple alteration to a ticket she bought for one of her two personal assistants (PAs).Rachael Monk, from Dumfries and Galloway, has accused BA of disability discrimination.She always needs two PAs with her, and so had to buy three tickets for a long-planned trip to Canada to visit her closest friend, Steph.Monk started planning the trip at the beginning of 2017 and bought the tickets last July.When one of the PAs she had bought a ticket for later resigned and pulled out of the trip, she asked BA to change the name on one of the tickets so that another PA could travel with her instead.But the airline refused and said she would have to buy a new ticket, which at this week’s prices was set to cost her more than £750 extra.It also told her that the £90 BA insurance policy she had bought did not cover the situation she found herself in.Monk – who was previously part of the Disability Rights Commission’s learning disability action group, and has advised the Scottish government and been involved with People First groups in London and Carlisle – said she believed BA had failed to make a reasonable adjustment for her and therefore had discriminated against her under the Equality Act.She said: “I think it is awful that big companies do this and make so much money and could easily have let me change a name on the ticket rather than go through all of this stress.“In the meantime, whilst I have been waiting answers the price of the (fourth) ticket has increased by a further £300.“If I didn’t need 24-hour support, with two PAs, due to my disability I would be able to buy one ticket like everyone else.“The extra cost to cover is most unfair on people with a low income.”She was so concerned about what she saw as a discriminatory policy that she contacted BA’s chair and every one of its directors, but not one of them replied to her.She is concerned not only about the extra cost for herself, but that other disabled people who use PAs may have to pay similar fees.After being contacted by Disability News Service, BA refused to say if it believed it had discriminated against Rachael Monk, if it would allow her to change the name of her PA on her ticket, or if it would change its policy to allow other disabled people to do this in the future.But a BA spokeswoman said in a statement: “We do everything we can to help customers when their travel plans change and offer a 24-hour cooling-off period so they can check that the name on the ticket matches the name on their passport. “After this time, we will correct spelling mistakes on all of our tickets, and on many we allow changes to the date or time of a flight. “However, we don’t allow customers to transfer their tickets as this could lead to a secondary market of trading in airline tickets.“We are sorry to hear that our customer has been let down by her personal assistant.“We offer a range of tickets including fully flexible and refundable options and always advise customers to choose the product that meets their individual needs.“We also recommend that our customers purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy.”last_img read more

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SAINTS U19s followed in the footsteps of their Res

first_imgSAINTS U19s followed in the footsteps of their Reserves counterparts in coming to Victoria Park and departing with the points after a dominant 50-24 display, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints raced into a ten point lead after only six minutes thanks to two tries on the bounce. Aaron Smith opened the scoring darting over at dummy half after some powerful running from Levy Nzoungou.The big French prop, having his best game for some time, was instrumental in Saints second try to Regan Grace. From the kick off the Saints marched to half way then on the last decided to run it down the left flank. Smith jumped out from the play the ball feeding Ben Morris. The second row committed his defender before setting Lewis Furlong free. He took it to the full back before giving Grace the easiest of walk-ins.A silly late tackle from Captain Liam Cooper gave the Wolves field position and poor left side defence allowed the centre in to score.But that was as close as the Wolves got as the Saints forwards continued to pound their opponents down the middle allowing Rob Fairclough and Danny Richardson acres of space in which to run the game.Grace should’ve scored his second by taking Smith’s miss pass before Jonah Cunningham crossed for his first storming onto a delightful short pass from Fairclough.Cooper and Morris both bombed tries dropping the ball over the line before Mike Weldon got the Saints fourth. A penalty for a late shoulder charge on Fairclough gave the Saints field position and drives from Cooper and Callum Hazzard took the Saints close before Fairclough fed Weldon and the loose forward took three over with him for a well taken try.The Wolves received a ten minute hair drying at the break which had zero effect as the Saints came out and repeated their start to the first period scoring twice in the opening five minutes.Mike Weldon set the tone with a big hit on the opening tackle of the half. On receiving possession Fairclough set the ever impressive Jordan Olmez free and the props inside ball found first Ricky Bailey and then Cunningham. From the play the ball a fabulous dummy from Richardson took him through the line and he fed Cunningham for a carbon copy of his first.Olmez was in his element by now and two more punishing drives set up Alex Eckley to burst through a tackle on his way to a 20 metre run to the line for his first try at this level.The Saints went off the ball a touch aided by a string of penalties and an outrageous decision to instruct Fairclough to hand the ball back to the Wolves from a perfectly legal one-on-one ball strip, which allowed the home side to score twice in quick succession.However, on the hour normal service was resumed as Ricky Bailey did what all good full backs do he supported his half back to score to the left of the posts.Dave Eccleston got his name on the sheet finishing acrobatically in the corner taking a great tip pass from Matty Costello from a blind side scrum move.The Wolves made the score more respectable than it should have been with two tries in the final ten minutes but sandwiched in between was Cunningham’s third try, again charging onto the ball at pace to score unopposed.This was a great derby result for a very young Saints side. Deprived due to injury of older more experienced players such as Jake Spedding and Matty Lees the younger players led by Olmez, and Jorge Lewtas plugged the gap admirably. Nzoungou looked back to his best in his first stint and the impact off the bench of Eckley and Hazzard was tremendous.Smith, Fairclough and increasingly Richardson moved the team effortlessly around the field allowing Weldon and especially Cunningham to showcase their wares.Warrington Wolves U19s:Tries: Jack Roper (11 & 72), James Jones (52), Jack Fox (55 & 78), .Goals: Morgan Smith 2.Saints U19s:Tries: Aaron Smith (4), Regan Grace (6), Jonah Cunningham (20, 42 & 74), Mike Weldon (33), Alex Eckley (45), Ricky Bailey (60), Dave Eccleston (67).Goals: Danny Richardson 7.Half Time: 22-4Full Time: 50-24Teams:Warrington:1. Declan Kay; 2. Lewis Turner, 3. Jack Roper, 4. Charlie Phythian, 5. Jack Fox; 6. Brad Stanway, 7. Morgan Smith; 8. Andy Philbin, 9. Reece Brunt, 18. Jordan Williams, 11. Matthew Kilgannon, 12. James Jones, 13. Harvey Livett. Subs: 14. Alex Whalley, 15. Jay Neath, 17. Pat Moran, 22. Harry Reardon.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 3. Matty Costello, 4. Lewis Furlong, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Rob Fairclough, 7. Danny Richardson; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Jorge Lewtas, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 16. Alex Eckley, 17. Callum Hazzard, 18. Jordan Olmez.last_img read more

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James Roby Alex Walmsley and Luke Douglas joined

first_imgJames Roby, Alex Walmsley and Luke Douglas joined Alex Gerrard and Matt Whitley from Widnes in looking at life off the field with a high impact classroom based session around Professional Skills Development.Delivered by Development Beyond Learning, the players were guided through an interactive workshop that tackled topics of ‘Understanding You – Beliefs and Behaviours’.It explored their talents, passions and values and culminated in them writing a Personal Vision of their futures away from the pitch.“Career transition is a notoriously difficult aspect of a professional athlete’s life and James, Luke and Alex are actively involved in preparing for that process,” Neil Kilshaw, Saints Welfare & Education Manager said. “It was fantastic opportunity to be able to draw on the expertise of Clodagh and Katrina from Development Beyond Learning.“It helped enable the players explore how they will be able to utilise those skills developed as professional athletes and apply them to the corporate world.”last_img read more

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