Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 12 March 2018

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DR UK event calls on employers to pledge jobs for disabled people: This I Can Make It Pledge event takes place 10am, Tuesday 20th March 2018 at the Financial Times Offices. We are asking all local authorities and businesses to either pledge a specific number of jobs for young disabled people, or pledge to make it a requirement of some of the services that they contract.

The event is for MPs, Mayors, Councillors, Local Authorities, Employers, anyone involved in procurement of goods and services or anyone who can make a pledge or provide political support.

Pledges can be made in advance of the event or on the day. Interested? Email icanmakeapledge@disabilityrightsuk.orgor call us on 0330 995 0400.

The future of social care and the forthcoming government green paper: On Wednesday 7 March, Think Local Act Personal held a meeting to discuss the future of social care in the light of the Green Paper to be published by the government in the summer. Our deputy CEO, Sue Bott attended. Here is what she said

DR UK welcomes government acceptance of taskforce recommendations for bus wheelchair spaces: The Task and Finish Group on the Use of Wheelchair Spaces on Buses’ has made 4 specific recommendations to clarify the position for bus companies following the Paulley decision. The Government has accepted these recommendations in principle. Welcoming the decision, Philip Connolly, policy manager for Disability Rights UK, said:

“The Government appear to have a new policy position that will be enforceable, providing they are willing to change the law………Disability Rights UK was at the forefront in demanding a change in the law as the only viable solution to this issue. We hold the government to their promise.”

APPG meetings

Have you been affected by bank closures? The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability is concerned about the effect that branch bank closures are having on disabled customers – in particular the possible inaccessibility of online banking and other replacement services. The APPG intends to use the results of this short survey to decide what action to take on this issue.

Free Access to Work Workplace Mental Health Support Service Webinar: Disability Rights UK and Remploy are delighted to invite you to the following free webinar on March 28, 2018 at 12.30pm. Register for the webinar

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 and choose option 1 or click here for further information.


Members, projects and partners



DR UK GOGA project winner at the Torch Trophy Trust awards: Morris Nelson (pictured receiving his award from HRH Duke of Gloucester) received a Torch Trophy Trust award for his Outstanding Contribution to Inclusivity in his work as a DR UK Get Out Get Active mentor. Read more

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

Research into wellbeing and physical activity: Take part in our research with the University of Birmingham about wellbeing and physical activity and you could receive a £15 Amazon voucher (and go into a draw for a £100 one). Find out more: http://ow.ly/Mbx330hFlbO


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Our new Disability Rights Handbook is now available for pre-order: Orders will be shipped in early May 2018. The price is £33.99 including postage and packing. £18.50 concessionary price if you are on benefits. Pre-order now

Our Access to Work factsheet has been revised and updated: Our updated factsheet tells you about the scheme, how to claim, where to get more information and what to do if you are not happy with your decision. After you’ve read it we would welcome any feedback

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

Disability Rights UK training:

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


Other news



DWP reports claimant experience and satisfaction up 84%: They find 76% satisfied with PIP. Read more

Little evidence to back up Universal Credit introduction – biggest welfare reform in 50 years: The Work and Pensions Committee publishes its assessment of reviews of Universal Credit, carried out by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). Read more

Investigation into Motability finances and governance needed: Following evidence in Parliament on the management and finances of disability transport company Motability and its charitable counterpart, the Chairs of the Work and Pensions and Treasury Committees have requested a series of company papers to investigate the organisation’s governance and finances further.

They have also written to HMRC and National Audit Office (NAO) asking each to open investigations into its finances. Read more on the parliament website

Apprenticeships on offer in the NHS: Last week was National Apprenticeship Week. The NHS is keen to highlight the broad range of opportunities that are available to all across the country. There are around 350 different careers in the NHS. Find out more

Progress on socio-economic rights in Great Britain: New EHRC report highlights concerns and government inaction over access to justice, social security, work and independent living for disabled people. Read more

Sainsbury’s praised for keeping Alzheimer’s mum in job: The son of a woman with Alzheimer’s has praised Sainsbury’s for keeping his mother in a job as a grocery picker despite her illness. Read more



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