Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 4 June 2018

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It’s Volunteers Week and Disability Rights UK would like to thank all our volunteers who give their time. Here’s to our Leadership Academy and Get Out Get Active mentors, our I Can Make It champions, our Get Yourself Active and Disability Rights Handbook volunteers and our Marathon runners. Without their much appreciated efforts our work would be so much harder.



Obese people should be allowed to turn up for work an hour later says Government adviser: Professor Bevan, head of HR research at Institute for Employment Studies thinks obese workers should be allowed to turn up late and be protected under discrimination law, Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, said that idea was ludicrous. Obese people do actually have some protection under European worker discrimination law where obesity leads you to have physical, mental or psychological impairments, which could affect your work. Your employer should make reasonable adjustments in this case and you could make a claim for discrimination at an employment tribunal if adjustments are not considered or made.

No mention was made of encouraging obese people to get active. Disability Rights UK is committed to promoting greater activity and wellbeing for disabled people via our Get Yourself Active and Get Out Get Active programmes.

TransPennine Express to run rail services with no wheelchair spaces: As part of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport, TransPennine Express (TPE) will introduce extra trains which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users from July 2018. DR UK says this is one of many instances where we find disabled people treated as second class citizens on public transport. Recently we highlighted how Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) instructed staff not to attempt to place people of reduced mobility (PRMs) on a train if there is a possibility of delaying the service. We have also been waiting for over six years for the issue of wheelchair access on buses to be resolved. Read more

Bank closures affect 90 per cent of disabled customers says new report: New research by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability, based on the experience of disabled bank customers, shows overwhelmingly that the closure of physical bank branches is having an effect on disabled people and their access to banking services. Some disabled customers now have to travel for hours to reach an accessible branch, or have become more reliant on family members to take them to a branch. 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

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



Prescription Charges Coalition petition smashes target – Help with the final push: The Prescription Charges Coalition has smashed its 20,000 target and are now aiming to reach 25,000 signatures on their petition! The petition will be handed in at number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday 5 June. Before that you can sign the petition to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term conditions or sign up the Thunderclap which will automatically issue a social media post for you. Read more

GOGA Peer Mentors celebrate with a massive thank you to mark Volunteers Week: Kate Pieroudis, GOGA Peer Support Lead said: “We want to say a huge thank you to our fabulous volunteer mentors in London, Bradford and Thanet who have supported someone to get active. Mentors go along with someone to an activity, provide support and motivation and help build someone’s confidence but more than this, mentoring can be a lifeline. Thanks to their support, more disabled people have the confidence to get active, know where to go to find accessible activities they want to do and experience better health overall as a result!” Read more

Getting Things Changed final research report available: Getting Things Changed was a research project into the many barriers faced by disabled people, indicating what needs to be done to remove these. Disability Rights UK was a partner on this project. The findings from Getting Things Changed demonstrate that many public institutions such as hospitals or universities aren’t providing ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Read report

Latest news from Get Yourself Active:

  • Leo Capella, Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active went to the Sporting Sense Summit at the Lee Valley Velodrome. After it he wrote this report on the event
  • In a new blog Iyiola shares his experience so far volunteering at GYA.

GYA are currently looking for disabled people who volunteer on anything disability sport (or physical activity) related who would like to write a blog post about their experiences doing so? Interested? E-mail Leo Capella at leo.capella@disabilityrightsuk.org. See GYA’s blog guidelines


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



Great North Run: We now have spaces for the Great North Run 2018 – Sunday, September 9, 2018. To request an application form please email chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org

DR UK is always on the lookout for people who want to support our work by fundraising.

If you are interested or have a good idea contact Chelsey on: Chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org

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

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

FutureFit – how tech can get everyone moving more: FutureFit is the biggest and gathering of tech startups and sports innovators during London Tech Week in the heart of Olympic east London. To be held at Plexal Tuesday 12 June, 13:30 – 18:00. It’s free. Find out more

Disability Rights UK training:

To learn more about training offered by Disability Rights UK please contact jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org


Other news



Reporting Hate Crime on the Tube: BuzzFeed journalist Patrick Strudwick has revealed a way that the Met Police and Travel for London can identify someone who has committed a hate crime on public transport London. Patrick reported that a hate crime could be reported by giving out your debit or Oyster card number. From there, the police can trace the point you were on a TfL vehicle and, which other customers were on board at the exact same time. Reaction to this advice has been mixed

Request your personal information from the Department for Work and Pensions: You have the right to get a copy of the information that is held about you. This is known as ‘right of access’ in data protection law. Find out more

Submit your personal independent payment appeal online: DWP are testing an online service which allows you to submit their personal independence payment appeal online. Find out more about the pilot

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

Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching Skills master classes: These Career Development Institute classes are being run throughout England. 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

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

0330 995 0400


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