Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 21 May 2018

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New rail Govia Thameslink timetable an insult to disabled passengers: The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said the latest instruction from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) tells staff not to attempt to place people of reduced mobility (known as PRMs) on a train if there is a possibility of delaying the service. Read more

Sue Bott, Deputy CEO of Disability Rights UK, said, “Oh dear we disabled people really are an inconvenience turning up to stations and expecting to get on a train.  How unreasonable of us is that? Well not actually.

“We have the same rights as any other passenger to be able to travel on trains and be treated with dignity.”

Disability Rights UK would like to hear from anyone unable to board a Thameslink train in the coming weeks. Please contact Sue.bott@disabilityrightsuk.org

DR UK appear at Conservative Disability Group Colloquium: DR UK policy officer, Philip Connolly, was part of a panel which included the Business Disability Forum and Chris Wood who is campaigning for wheelchair users to fly with dignity and safety in their own chair inside the cabin of an airline. The panel focus was on how campaigners, business and government can work together to achieve equality for all disabled people. Read more

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2018-19: three additional placements, specifically for disabled people: We believe Parliament should be accessible to everyone. Supported by Disability Rights UK, The House of Commons is widening access by offering a nine month paid placement specifically for three disabled people who have the skills, passion and potential to work there, but who don’t have access to the traditional routes in. Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 11th June 2018.See more details about the scheme and how to apply

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



Hear and view our webinar on neurodiversity and workplace adjustments: This webinar was held Friday 11 May, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Hear and view Neurodiversity: Top Tips for Maximising Skills in Employment (you will need to register)

Get Yourself Active goes to Elevate:  Last week (9-10th May), Leo Capella Communications Officer, Kirsty Mulvey Programme Officer and Daniel Ball coordinator for Get Yourself Active in Leicester went to Elevate at Excel for Get Yourself Active. In this blog post for the Get Yourself Active website Leo reflects on what he learned during his time at the event.  We’re also really excited about an animation that we’re developing with the University of Birmingham which was designed by Fuzzy Duck Productions.

Getting Things Changed Conference: The aims of this event are to share the findings from our project, engage you in the debates we have raised in Getting Things Changed and to share the next steps and how you can help with this.  Date: Friday 25 May 2018 – 10.00am -3.30pm. This event is sold out, but you can still apply to go on the wait list. Disability Rights UK is a project partner. Find out more


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

Help improve Transreport’s new Passenger Assist app: The Transreport Passenger Assist app enables users to engage with rail operators and request assistance for their entire journey – the aim is to improve the quality, detail and speed of information to better provide assistance from operators. DR UK hopes to continue to support Transreport through the development and launch of the app.

Jason Jaspal from DR UK said, ‘accessible travel is clearly a key component to people living independent lives – and when developing products and services in this space it is crucial that disabled people have the opportunity to contribute at the design and development stage’. See how you can help

New Carer’s Allowance factsheet: We have now created a revised and updated Carer’s Allowance factsheet. This information is aimed at helping you make a claim for Carer’s Allowance as well as how much you can get. It is laid out in module format, and integrates with our universal credit and our universal credit and disability factsheets. We would be grateful for any feedback. View revised Carer’s Allowance factsheet

Factsheets now updated:

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



Government promises ‘package of measures’ on bus wheelchair access later this year: Responding to a House of Lords question, the Government indicated that they favour a combined approach to protecting the rights of wheelchair users to travel on buses , including changes to law and guidance as well as attempting to influence passenger behaviour. However, there are no plans to review the standards for the size of wheelchair spaces on buses and the specification of the boarding ramps and lifts – to allow larger or heavier wheelchairs access. Read more

Work and Pensions Committee report on Employment support for carers: This report calls on Government to remove the cliff-edge in benefit calculation (where benefits are suddenly removed rather than tapered off) that sees Carer’s Allowance – £64.60 per week – withdrawn in full as soon as Carers earn more than £120 a week. The Committee is calling for more gradual withdrawal of benefits and the right to flexible working. Read more

A fork in the road: next steps for social care funding reform: Ahead of the Government’s proposed Green Paper on social care, this Kings Fund report considers various options for funding care in the future. Read more

Xbox Adaptive Controller a ‘first’ for disabled gamers: Details have been released of the first ever console controller designed and made specifically for disabled gamers. 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

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

0330 995 0400


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