Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 28 May 2018

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Kamran Mallick: ‘I want to change the world for disabled people’ Read the Guardian interview with our CEO on how the organisation is campaigning to remove the kind of discrimination he faced. Read more

Getting Things Changed Conference: Getting Things Changed is the largest research project of its kind, involving 448 participants who gave insights into the many barriers faced by disabled people and indicated some of the changes which need to happen. The research, led by the University of Bristol, was presented at this conference on Friday 25 May 2018. Deputy CEO Sue Bott said: “Disability Rights UK were pleased to be part of this project. It’s one thing to talk about the rights disabled people have but quite another to find ways to put those rights into practice. ….” Read more

Removing barriers to starting or finishing apprenticeships: Disability Rights UK want you to tell us what reasonable adjustments might be required to help disabled people to achieve a successful and inclusive apprenticeship. Your views will help us when we meet the Minister for Skills Anne Milton MP, in early July. Responses wanted by 30 June. Find out more

DWP say sanctions early warning letters make little difference to the outcomes of claimants: The DWP have abandoned the idea of a ‘Sanction Warning Letter’ because DWP staff reported, in trials, that these made little difference to the outcomes of JSA claimants. Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Officer said: “The DWP has not said how many of those in the trial who were sanctioned went on to successfully appeal that decision [four out of five appeals are successful]. “ The DWP is now exploring the feasibility of an alternative process to give claimants written warnings, instead of a sanction, for a first sanctionable failure to attend a Work-Search Review. 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

SSAC report on young people living independently: This Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) report examines the effect of the support provided through the benefit system to young people living independently. These young claimants often have no or little access to financial support outside the benefit system ans so feel the effect of welfare changes more than young people living with their parents or other guardians. DR UK contributed to this report. Read report recommendations

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



Scrapping prescription charges can save money: New research by York Health Economics Consortium shows that scrapping prescription charges for people with Parkinson’s and inflammatory bowel disease would save the NHS money. The Prescription Charges Coalition (PCC) is calling on the Government to urgently reform the prescription exemption criteria in England, and make prescriptions free for people living with long term conditions. Disability Rights UK is a member of the Coalition.

Sign up to the PCC mailing list if you’d like to get involved.

Sign the petition to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term conditions

Get Yourself Active: Get Yourself Active is a partnership led by Disability Rights UK, funded by Sport England and delivered by Leicester Centre for Integrated Living, Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, Inspire Peterborough, Disability Equality North West, Active Independence and Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living. We aim to work with the health, social care and sports sectors to develop better opportunities for disabled people to get active. We believe that it is your right as a disabled person to be active in a way that is right for you and using your personal budget if you wish.


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

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



Scope report highlights negative public attitudes towards disabled people: The Disability perception gap, a new Scope report, finds that, in recent years, negative attitudes to disabled people have become rarer but that they are still far too common in our society. Find out more

Scope wants to hear about your experiences as a disabled consumer: The Government has published a consultation called Modernising Consumer Markets, which is looking at ways to improve how different markets work for consumers. Disabled people often face challenges as consumers, which can drive up the cost of essential goods and services. Scope research shows that on average disabled people face extra costs of £570 per month, related to their impairment or condition. Help shape Scope’s response to the consultation by sharing your experiences as a disabled consumer

MPs say Motability Scheme needs a new road map:  This Treasury and Work & Pensions Committees report, whilst praising the scheme itself, questions the wisdom of a monopoly organisation benefitting from extensive tax breaks and DWP benefit pay outs, which also add to the profits of four retail banks. Read more

Funding pressure on NHS and social care set to grow: This Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFFS) report finds that UK spending on healthcare will have to rise by an average 3.3% a year over the next 15 years just to maintain NHS provision at current levels, and by at least 4% a year if services are to be improved. Social care funding will need to increase by 3.9% a year to meet the needs of an ageing population and an increasing number of younger adults living with disabilities. It will need to increase by more to accommodate much needed social care reform. Read more

40% off Disability Forum’s Mental Health Awareness Toolkit until 31 May 2018: Everyone seems to be talking about mental health, stress and wellbeing – and no wonder. With latest statistics showing that one in three of us will experience a period of mental ill health every year we all need to talk about mental health more. The Business Disability Forum can help you start the conversation in your workplace with our Mental Health Toolkit. Find out more

Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching Skills master classes: These Career Development Institute classes are being run throughout England, starting Thursday 31 May 2018. They are designed for experienced practitioners who wish to focus on aspects of practice that cannot be delivered by on-line resources and which require a high level of artistry. Find out more

Consultation on proposals for a new statistical series to count unemployed claimants: Universal Credit produces a higher claimant count than JSA. This new consultation wants your views on ways to reduce this number by excluding certain groups, including claimants awaiting a work capability assessment. The consultation closes 11:45pm on 21 July 2018. Go to consultation






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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