|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: