Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 16 April 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

Learning disability and debt: In this guest blog post, Jason Jaspal from Disability Rights UK discusses the challenges that people with learning disabilities can experience around managing their finances, and explains why DR UK have been working with the Money Advice Trust on a new training course for advisers. Read more

DR UK says public sector should do disability benefits assessments: A mentally unwell woman had her disability benefits stopped because an assessor failed to turn up to a home visit. Commenting, Ken Butler, DR UK welfare benefits advisor, told The Independent said:

“It’s unacceptable that companies like Capita, Atos and Maximus are paid hundreds of millions of pounds every year to provide a service to the public and are allowed to continue with their poor practices.

He urged the government to “seriously consider” transferring responsibility for assessments to the public sector, rather than allowing them to be used as a “profit-making exercise”. Read more

Improving rail service disability policy and communication strategy: Answering four simple questions will go a long way to improving policy and communication strategies for disabled people when using rail services. Find out 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 and choose option 1 or click here for further information.

MPs launch yet another benefit sanctions inquiry: The inquiry will examine how sanctions operate, recent developments, and what the evidence is that they work – either to deter non-compliant behaviour or to help achieve the policy objectives of getting people off benefits and into work. The deadline for written submissions is 25 May 2018. Read more

In the past DR UK has responded to two previous sanction inquiries:



Petition to end prescription charges for people with long-term conditions: In June it will be the 50 year anniversary of the medical exemption list, which grants people with some conditions free prescriptions and excludes others. Sign prescription charges coalition petition


Members, projects and partners



Tell us how your experience in the workplace is affected by workplace design: Leadership Academy Programme students, Emily Georghiou (Centre for Ageing Better) and Paul Hartley (Blind Veterans UK) are exploring the role of design in enabling inclusion in the workplace for their programme assignment. As part of this, they have developed a short survey to try to understand people’s experiences in the workplace and how this is impacted by workplace design. Please take a moment to answer a few questions by Monday 23 April.

We often get asked what makes our Leadership Academy programme programme different to others? Find out why

Share your personal experiences of getting active: Everyone at Get Yourself Active loves it when people with disabilities share their personal experiences of getting active with the wider world.

We have a section on our website that has an inspiring range of blog posts of people doing just that and are looking for more people with disabilities to contribute to it. If you would like to write something for us (or send us some pictures) then please look here to find out about what we’re looking for, we’re looking forward to receiving some inspiring stories from you!

Also last week (Tuesday 3rd April) Leo Capella joined the project from I Can Make It as Get Yourself Active’s new Communications Officer and wrote a blog post introducing himself. Please do read it if you have time.

European Independent Living Day: The theme for European Independent Living Day on the 5th May is ”Barriers to Independent Living”. ENIL would like to encourage you to mark the day by organising events in your countries. Read more


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Support our Marathon runners: Introducing our fantastic runners for the Virgin London Marathon, 22 April 2018 – Support #teamDRUK

Our new Disability Rights Handbook is 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. If you have already ordered, your handbook will be sent out in early May. 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

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


Other news



Attitude Is Everything access booking survey: Their new survey found that more than 80% of deaf and disabled music fans have experienced problems  when booking tickets to live music events, with one in 10 considering  legal action over the difficulty of accessing concerts and festivals. Read more

Campaign to restore the Access to Elected Office Fund: Emily, David and Simeon are from three different parties. They have joined forces with More United to ask the Government to restore the Access to Elected Office Fund which helps deaf and disabled candidates, of all parties, with the additional costs of standing for election. Please watch their story and sign the petition supporting them.

Free bus passes for older and disabled people protected for the future: Government changes law so that it no longer needs to be reviewed every 5 years. Read Department for Transport release

New Government consultations on proposals to increase heating support: The government is proposing changes to heating support, which it claims will benefit nearly a million more low-income households. As part of these proposals the government has produced two consultations:

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Changes to the Warm Home Discount

Both consultations close 11:45pm on 29 April 2018. Read more

Social Value Act: introductory guide: The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Crown Commercial Service, has written an introductory guide to the Social Value Act (SVA) for commissioners and policy makers. In this guide, you will find a plain English explanation of the SVA and advice on how to include social value in your specification for services. Link to guide

The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy: This Reform report calls for better quality apprenticeships rather than emphasising quantity of delivery. The report claims that almost 40 per cent of the ‘apprenticeship standards’ approved by the Government since 2012 fail to reach the international or historical definition of an apprenticeship. These mislabelled courses are consuming over 20 per cent of the funding available for newly-designed apprenticeships. Without reform, in 2019-20 the Government will spend £600 million on courses incorrectly labelled as apprenticeships.




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


Disability Rights UK

Plexal 14 East Bay Lane Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, LondonE20 3BS United Kingdom

0330 995 0400


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