Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 2 April 2018

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Getting to DR UK at Plexel: Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm.

Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes. There are two pickup points for the shuttle bus:

  • Bus stop E outside Stratford International
  • Bus stop W – This is a temporary change. The Here East Shuttle is picking up passengers at the main Stratford Station, from the Stratford City Bus Station stop W (it only has one bus stop for all the buses leaving the station). View map



Crisis threatens London social care services following Brexit: Around 13 per cent of London’s care workers are from the EU, with the capital’s adult care sector far more dependent on non-British EEA (European Economic Area) workers than any other region in England. Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, told The Independent:

“The social care sector is already badly understaffed, with many services struggling to recruit enough people to meet demand. There’s a danger Brexit will exacerbate those recruitment problems…Read more

Disability Rights UK has produced a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU UK.

Find out more about Brexit and Human Rights

Challenging a poor flying experience if you are disabled: BBC’s Frank Gardner was left on board a plane at Heathrow Airport, for 100 minutes, because his wheelchair had been misplaced by ground staff. Disability Rights UK Deputy CEO Sue Bott was interviewed on the Stephen Nolan programme about this. Her advice, in such cases, is to contact our Equality Advisory Support Service Helpline or the Civil Aviation Authority. Read more

Millions of motorists misuse disabled parking spaces says new survey: Philip Connolly, Policy Manager of Disability Rights UK, commented,    “One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as human beings is what is it like to be someone else. For example, what is it like to be a blue badge holder in any town centre. My guess is that just to ask the question is to know that you don’t want to park in a disabled parking space if you are not disabled yourself.” Read more

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

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


Disability won’t stop me becoming a barrister: DR UK trustee Daniel Holt appears in this video talking about how his cerebral palsy does not prevent him becoming a barrister. He says his speech impediment has been seen by some in the UK as an issue but that he will fight to work in the only career that has ever interested him. You can view Daniel’s full biography on our trustees page

I Can Make It: If you would like to recruit and retain more (young) disabled people in your workforce, have a look at our I Can Make It resources

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

Student Helpline closed for two weeks: The Disability Rights UK Student Helpline will be unavailable between 2-16 April. If you require assistance during that period please email us at students@disabilityrightsuk.org

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


Independent Review of the Mental Health Act survey extended to 6 April: The review considers and makes recommendations on improving legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act.

They want to hear your views if:

  • you are sectioned or have been sectioned under the mental health act in the past (service user)
  • you are caring for someone who has been sectioned or have done in the past (carer)

Find out more

Adult social care funding: a local or national responsibility? This new Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report argues that ongoing reforms to local government finance risk a growing funding gap for adult social care and conflict with efforts to provide consistent and high-quality care services across the country. Read more

City Bridge Trust has joined forces with Leonard Cheshire Disability to launch ChangeLondon: ChangeLondon is a bursary scheme to support disabled Londoners aged 16-30 into meaningful employment via paid internships. Disability Rights UK is a partner in the Bridge to Work programme which includes the ChangeLondon bursary scheme. Beginning November 2017 Leonard Cheshire Disability will award bursaries of up to £4,000 per person to London-based small and medium sized companies (SMEs), as well as eligible charities – so that they can provide paid internships to young disabled Londoners. Read more

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

Study Programmes for Learners with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities: A fabulous opportunity to focus on improving the curriculum for learners with SEND. Date – 2 May 2018. Venue – Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA. Find out more

Take part in research on impact of welfare reform on disabled peoples’ lives: The Disabillity Benefits Consortium are conducting a major two part piece of research to explore the impact of welfare reform on disabled people’s lives. The first part is qualitative, interview-based research. They want to interview 50 disabled people with long-term conditions and mental health conditions, to discuss their experiences of claiming ESA, PIP or Universal Credit and the impact that’s had on their lives. Find out more

More than half refuse support for mortgage interest loan: Based on DWP phone discussions with 54,000 claimants, 51%  of claimants at 21 March have said they will decline the offer of an SMI loan. One quarter (25%) are undecided. Just under one quarter (24%) indicated that they will accept the loan. Read more

Consultation on improving safety in Private Hire Vehicles: Transport for London are seeking views on a number on potential changes to private hire licensing. The consultation closes 18 Jun 2018.



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