|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
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