|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.firstname.lastname@example.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
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