Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 26 March 2018

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DR UK CEO to speak at Naidex 2018: Our CEO Kamran Mallick will be speaking at the upcoming Naidex event which is taking place on the 25th & 26th April at the Birmingham NEC. Register for your free ticket to attend

DR UK says disabled people should not pay for the DWP mistakes on ESA: Commenting on the NAO report into errors in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Ken Butler, welfare benefits advisor at Disability Rights UK said: “The National Audit Office report makes for sorry reading. It shows a shambolic catalogue of mistakes which have had a massive impact on tens of thousands of disabled people who qualified for benefits they were denied. The report highlights the £340 million owed to disabled people, all of whom would be on a very low income. Read more

Access to work uprating: As of April 2018, the access to work cap will rise to £57,200, double average earnings, not the originally proposed £43,100 which was in line with 1.5 times average earnings. Access to work will be uprated annually on this basis.

Disability Rights UK says that the increase in the cap is very welcome. We are pleased that the Government has listened to the experiences of Deaf people who need to have access to BSL interpreters to carry out their employment duties. However, we remain concerned that the cap does need to be more flexible.

Read more

View our access to work factsheet

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.

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.

The Care Quality Commission have just published some tips when choosing an online care service



Members, projects and partners


Our Pledgeathon event at Financial Times HQ marks new approach to fair chance of a job for disabled people: Disability Rights UK invited all the leading businesses in the UK (FTSE 250) and the leaders of all the local councils in England and Wales to our pledge event. The Construction Sector was particularly singled out as has a national average of 9.4% disabled staff against a national average for the non-construction sector of 11.4% and a national average of some 17%. The “Pledgeathon” is the start of a campaign and you can support its aim to create 500 jobs by making a pledge at Icanmakeapledge@disabilityrightsuk.org

You can also obtain a campaign pack and supportive advice via the same email address. 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


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Into HE 2018 guide now available: Our newly updated Into HE guide aims to answer common questions such as whether colleges or universities will be accessible, how to choose a course and the responsibilities of education providers under the Equality Act. It also covers the student finance system and has information on tuition fees, repayment methods and the support that will be in place for 2018 entry. View guide

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 28 March, 2018 at 12.30pm. Register for the webinar

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

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

For further information on welfare rights, education issues and social care you will find our factsheets/guides here or for more detailed information you can order a copy of the Disability Rights Handbook from our shop



Other news


Review of Post-18 Education and Funding: Call for Evidence: The government is conducting a major review of post-18 education and funding to ensure a joined-up system that works for everyone, including that it is accessible to all. The consultation closes 2 May 2018. Read more

Returners Fund: A grant programme of £1.5million is available for organisations to run projects aimed at creating new job opportunities for returners. A ‘returner’ is a person who left paid employment for at least a year to take on a caring responsibility and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience. Expressions of interest for the first round of bidding must be submitted by 30th March 2018.

London Work and Health Programme: The  London Work and Health Programme’s aim is to support disabled people, early access priority groups and the long term unemployed in to work. It will support 50-55,000 people over five years.

Apprenticeship information for Unions from Unionlearn: These are:

  • A guide for trade union activists on bargaining for accessible Apprenticeships for disabled workers.
  • A leaflet people wanting to do an apprenticeship.
  • An Apprenticeships Toolkit for union officers, union representatives and union learning reps who are negotiating with employers on apprenticeships or who are approaching an employer to discuss the possibility of taking on apprentices.

Court of Appeal limits tribunals powers of benefits redress in human rights cases: Secretary of State for Work And Pensions v Carmichael & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 548 prevents a tribunal from devising  solutions to Convention violations outside of the law governing the benefit in question. This will force claimants to appeal to higher courts instead. The ruling has implications for employment and immigration tribunals. Read more

UC rollout in Wales pushed back: The Department for Work and Pensions has pushed back the rollout of Universal Credit in 13 Welsh local authority areas from this summer to December to ensure jobcentres frequented by the highest number of Welsh speakers are able to communicate fully in Welsh with the department once Universal Credit is in place. Read more

Working with an impairment or condition: Scope are carrying out some research to understand more about people’s experiences of working while managing a long term condition or an impairment. As part of this, they are holding a focus group at Scope’s London offices on Tuesday 3 April from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Participants will receive a £25 amazon gift voucher as a thank you for their time. Find out more

Step Up report published: Step Up was a pilot initiative  trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work. The report describes the delivery of Step Up and the outcomes achieved and draws out key lessons for the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of future support, including how to recruit and engage low-paid works; delivering support effectively; engaging with employers and connecting people to better jobs; designing outcome measures for in-work progression; and evaluating impact.

Transport for London Taxi Fares and Tariffs Consultation: TFL are seeking views on a number of proposals including:

  • Changes to taxi fares and tariffs in London
  • Changes to the Cost Index
  • Updating the card payment requirements for taxi drivers
  • Fixed fare, capped fare and shared taxi arrangements

Closes 27 Apr 2018. Go to consultation

Newcastle Welfare Rights publish two new UC resources: Clive Davis from Newcastle Welfare Rights (Newcastle City Council) would like to let you know about two new UC resources you may be interested in. These are an ‘Introduction to Universal Credit’ e-learning module, and a recently updated table listing the circumstances that would trigger a claim for UC – or not. Read more

Inclusion Scotland have 5 internship vacancies for disabled people: Inclusion Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to create internship opportunities for disabled people in Scotland. These internships give valuable paid work experience to help disabled people develop their careers. View vacancies at the bottom of the page



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