Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 14 May 2018

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Indignity of disabled man waiting 2 years for home adaptations: Stephen Sadler, who has had his right leg and arm amputated, has waited for two years for adaptations to get a stairlift and wet room put in his first floor flat. During this time, he has had numerous falls, suffered the indignity of having to crawl downstairs and has attempted suicide. He says he is a virtual prisoner in his own home.

Speaking on the BBC Hereford and Worcester radio, Elliott and Toni at breakfast, DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick said that it was so distressing to hear that even today we have these problems and that this is not an isolated case. It shows you that, where someone is in inappropriate housing, not only does this impact on their personal dignity but also affects their right to live independently and get on with the everyday things that we all want to do in our lives. Read more and listen to the radio broadcast

EHRC report on disabled people’s housing: Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission report on the housing crisis for disabled people, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, Kamran Mallick said: ‘This research shows some of the fundamental issues we face on a day-to-day basis. Appropriate housing is key to independent living and creating choice and control for disabled people. ……We need clear standards for developers and designers so we begin to see the establishment of more lifetime homes; and better policing and support for private landlords….’ Read more

DR UK signs petition against shared space and presents letter to PM: On the anniversary of a report condemning the use of shared space, Transport for All joined the National Federation of the Blind (NFBUK) for a day of action outside Parliament. Read more

Financial Times published its first ever supplement on Disability and the workplace: We at Disability Rights UK are delighted to see our contact with FT advertising, editorial staff and management including John Ridding their CEO yield such an important and hopefully influential report. The report will have a circulation of 63,000 copies in the UK and elsewhere in Europe but be available online throughout the world. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Leadership Academy graduation event: The Leadership Academy Programme (LAP), is a career development programme for employees with lived experience of health conditions and disability. On 10 May 2018, we held the Leadership Graduation event for this year’s cohort. The event celebrates the achievements of the Delegates and was a great chance to see the impact that the Programme has on their lives, both professionally and personally. You can now view a report and see photos and a video from the event


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Our new Disability Rights Handbook: The price is £33.99 including postage and packing. £18.50 concessionary price if you are on benefits. If you have already pre-ordered, your handbook is being sent out. Order now

We now have two universal credit factsheets: This information is aimed at helping you make a claim for universal credit and also what you can expect to receive as a disabled person. The factsheets are laid out in module format so you can choose which information you want to access and ignore the information which you do not need.

The factsheets are:

We would be grateful for any feedback on them.

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



New Care and Support Alliance survey reveals shocking picture of neglect in care system: Unwell, unsafe, and unfed – 4,000 people needing care reveal a shocking picture of neglect in our care system. Campaigners call on the Government to act urgently. Read more

The adult social care workforce in England: This damning Public Accounts Committee report says Government should have a credible care plan must be in place by end of 2018 and address problems with the workforce, particularly post Brexit. Read more

A New Generational Contract: This Resolution Foundation report recommends additional payments and support be given to millennials (the generation born 1981-2000), funded by baby boomer (those born 1946 – early to mid-60s) income, to prevent an inter-generational crisis. There are two basic problems which arise from this crisis, one for the younger generation and one for the older generation. For the young it is a problem of wealth and income. Although employment has reached record highs, there has been a shift towards lower-paying and less secure jobs. Millennials also have lower home ownership rates and higher housing costs than their predecessors and are accumulating less wealth. For the older generations, who are wealthier, it is a problem of who will pay for their future social care. Find out more

Councils draw up plans for universal basic income: Pilot schemes aimed at handing every man, woman and child a basic, flat-rate income will be drawn up by four Scottish councils within the next year.  Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and North Ayrshire councils have submitted a joint application to investigate taking the ambitious scheme forward. Read more






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

Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm. There are two pickup points for the shuttle bus:

  • Bus stop E outside Stratford International
  • Bus stop W from the Stratford City Bus Station stop W (it only has one bus stop for all the buses leaving the station). For bus stop W head towards the Westfield exit of Stratford station and turn left. View map


Disability Rights UK

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0330 995 0400


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