Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 12 February 2018

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New Inclusion Barnet DRILL report: Inclusion Barnet have produced new research, Peer Support in Practice, which reveals how to make peer support an effective addition to mental health services. DR UK funded this report under the  DRILL programme, which is delivering the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people.

Our response to the T level programmes consultation: This Department for Education consultation set out proposals for T levels. It also sought views on how to implement T levels so that they meet the aims of the Sainsbury Report and Post-16 Skills Plan. Read our response

Petition to end prescription charges for people with long-term conditions: England is the only part of the UK that charges for prescriptions. It’s time that everyone with a long-term condition has access to free prescriptions. Sign the prescription charges coalition petition

DR UK calls for new assessment approach for PIP as Atos and Capita get £40m increase: Government spending on private firms carrying out ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments soared by £40m in one year. Read more

DR UK speaks at APPG on Universal Credit and Disability Agenda: The APPG on Universal Credit and Disability took place in the Grimond Room in Portcullis House from 2pm – 3.15pm on Wednesday 7 February 2018. Ken Butler, Welfare Benefits Adviser at Disability Rights UK,  was a speaker. See full list of speakers

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge over lost disability premiums: A terminally ill man has won the right to legally challenge the government over the introduction of universal credit, which has left him significantly worse off. Disability Rights UK believes the abolition of severe disability premium costs disabled adults, with no one to care for them, or with only a young carer, about £62.45 per week. The abolition of the enhanced disability premium will cost them £15.90 per week. Read more

Recently visited your GP? Recently been to hospital? Disability Rights UK and the Care Quality Commission would like to hear about your experience! Telephone us on 0330 995 0400 or click here for further information.


Members, projects and partners



Into Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Supported Internships seminar: Our Disability and Skills Unit held a very well received and fully attended  seminar on Tuesday 6 February 2018, between 10am and 4.30pm, at Resource for London. Read more

We had a productive I Can Make It  meeting with Wates Group: ‏As a result of it, we’re looking forward to helping Wates Construction with including people with disabilities in the way that they use social value. Read more

Consensus between policing, health and social care: A new national consensus has been launched between policing, health and social care organisations to work together to improve people’s health and wellbeing, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable people in England. Clinks, Nacro and NAVCA have been supporting the development of the consensus on behalf of the HW Alliance of which DRUK is a member through its user-led Win Win Alliance. Look for #policeandhealth on Twitter.

Our Leadership Academy Programme – so different: The Leadership Academy programme (LAP), is a career development programme, designed for the progression of employees with lived experience of disability and/or long term health conditions. We often get asked what makes our programme different to others? Find out why


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Last stock available for Disability Rights Handbook 42: Buy now to avoid disappointment.

New guide on recruiting and supporting disabled people in the workplace: Our Policy and Development Manager, Philip Connolly has co-written a new guide with Disability@Work, on disability related disadvantage in the workplace. Download guide

Ethos Disabled Students’ Guide: The Disabled Students’ Guide is a comprehensive guide to starting or returning to university in the UK for students with some kind of physical condition. All content in the guide was created by disabled people with direct experience of higher education. Ethos have also fact-checked information regarding benefits with Disability Rights UK, which means that you can be confident it’s correct. Go to Guide

Disability Rights UK training:

To learn more about training offered by Disability Rights UK please contact jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org

Free guides factsheets and other information: These provide basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues for claimants and advisers. See our full range

We stock the Genuine Radar Key: We sell the Genuine Radar NKS Key to people who require the use of toilet facilities due to their disability or health condition. You can buy it VAT free if the key is for your own domestic or personal use. Visit our shop


Other news



Katie Price gave evidence to MPs about online abuse against her son: And pretty nasty some if was too. Find out more

Personal health budget holders invited to share their experiences: new survey opens 1 March 2018: People who are currently in receipt of a personal health budget or integrated personal budget (combining health and social care funding) will be invited to share their experiences of a personal health budget in a survey being run by NHS England from1 March 2018. Please register your interest or share the link with people who would be interested in taking part in this survey: www.myonlinesurvey.co.uk/phbsurvey

New report considers whether retired people should fund more of the welfare state: This Resolution Foundation research looks at the past contribution of generations towards the welfare state and the relative benefits they received. It also considers two future models for welfare state spending and where the tax burden falls in each scenario. Read more

The Work and Pensions Committee publishes its assessment of reviews of Universal Credit: In a damning report, it highlights the lack of evidence to back up the biggest welfare reform in 50 years. Read more

PIP and ESA assessments- claimant experiences: This report by the Work and Pensions Committee, based on an ‘unprecedented’ number of responses, finds the PIP and ESA assessment process largely satisfactory for claimants but highlights problems, which affect a substantial minority, which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to tackle. Read more

NICE Lay member recruitment: NICE is currently looking for lay members to join the rehabilitation in people with severe and enduring mental illness guideline committee. Closing date 5pm, Monday 19 February 2018. Read more

The adult social care workforce in England: The Department of Health and Social Care is failing to support a sustainable social care workforce. The number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands says new National Audit Office report. Read more

New Social Work England: secondary legislative framework consultation: This seeks views on the policy underpinning draft regulations for the new regulator for the social work profession in England. Closes 11:59pm on 21 March 2018. Read more

New cheap and accessible, holiday opportunity for disabled people: Matchinghouses.com was created in 2004 to allow disabled people, who have the same access needs, to swap houses for holidays, rather than rely on unreliable, expensive, and often inaccessible hotel accommodation. Matchinghouses.com have now expanded the concept to include families with disabled children. This is a group of people who often find it really difficult to go on holiday.

Meet the disabled suffragettes who fought for the vote: In this belated celebration of 100 years of women voting, here’s a link to enable magazine’s news item on suffragettes Rosa May Billinghurst and Adelaide Knight.



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