Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 11 June 2018

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GMB says at least 166,000 in Social Care Debt and more than 1,100 taken to court: Ken Butler, Welfare Rights Adviser for Disability Rights UK said, “the situation uncovered by the GMB shows the need for urgent reform of both the welfare benefit and social care systems. Good social care should be a right to all that need it and should not mean falling into a spiral of debt in order to pay for it” Read more

Atos and Capita 2 year extension continues problems: PIP videos may cause more: On Tuesday 5 June, Sarah Newton (Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work) announced pilots for the video recording of PIP assessments, something which will eventually be a standard part of the PIP assessment process. The statement also said that there would be an extension of Capita and Atos contracts for a further two years to “better allow for a stable transition to any new provision.” Disability Rights UK has concerns about both these announcements. Read more

Changes in UC transitional protection rules for those on or who lost severe disability premium: In this statement, made by Esther McVey (The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) the Government makes changes to the transitional payment rules for claimants in receipt of severe disability premium who move onto universal credit. DR UK welcomes this announcement. Currently the loss of the SDP on disabled people claiming UC means that they lose around £180 per month. Further, the commitment to ensure that past SDP losers will not miss out is also to be welcomed. But we do have concerns about how the Government will identify claimants (another slow trawl?) – about how transitional payments diminish over time – and about future new claimants, who will lose around £2,000 annually. Read more

Sign the Care and Support Alliance letter today to end the care crisis: After surveying nearly 4,000 people, the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) uncovered a shocking picture of neglect. People are unable to get the basic care and support they need and enough is enough. DR UK is a member of the Care and Support Alliance. Fill in this form to join us in writing to Jeremy Hunt. The more names we gather, the harder it will be for the minister to ignore.

Bromley Council wrongly made care cuts without reassessing needs: A man with special needs should not have had his support package significantly cut by the London Borough of Bromley, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Read more

Calls to our Personal Budgets helpline show that this is a common problem facing many disabled people, where personal budgets are cut. Without a proper reassessment of care needs, cuts to a care package often place a greater burden onto family members who are already providing a great deal of support.

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


Members, projects and partners



Lindsay Swain talks about her experiences as a Get Out Get Active (GOGA) mentor: Health and sports have always been a big part of my life, I came across the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) mentoring programme which brought together both my interests and my desire to help. Read Lindsay’s blog to find out more

Latest news from Get Yourself Active: 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

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.


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 Disability Rights Handbook: The price is £33.99 including postage and packing. £18.50 concessionary price if you are on benefits. Order now

Pension credit factsheet updated: Our pension credit factsheet has been updated to show proposals for PC to be paid for any dependent children or young person as part of your pension credit from 1st February 2019.

Get your free guide to the Care Act: What you need to know about social care in England. Download guide

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



#MyGPandMe: Helping make GP practices more accessible: The #MyGPandMe research report found that almost a third of people with learning disabilities or autism feel less likely to be treated with care and concern at the doctors, and two thirds said their GP did not make reasonable adjustments for them. Dimensions have developed #MyGPandMe – a campaign that is providing training for all GP surgery staff, sharing information and resources with patients and support teams and calling on policymakers to reduce health inequality. Almost all GPs surveyed said they would like extra training in these areas. Read more

Contribute to a research project on workers with mild learning disabilities: Rebecca Warrillow is trying to recruit participants for a research study she is undertaking for her Masters degree. This dissertation project aims to assess how people with learning disabilities experience the move into work for the first time and how the person’s identity or sense of self influences these transitions and vice versa. Rebecca is looking for 5 participants who have mild learning disabilities who have recently started working in a paid job for the first time and who fit the below criteria:

  • the person must be in their first paid job for no longer than 10 months
  • the research cannot include people with aspergers (ASD)

Can you help her? Find out more

Know Your Normal: The experiences of young autistic people: Know Your Normal: Know Your Normal (#knowyournormal) is a new report on mental health in autism. The aim of the research was to find out about the mental health experiences of young autistic people (16-25 years) across England and to make recommendations on how best to meet their needs. To support these changes, the Youth Patrons have created a number of resources including a toolkit, a stigma-busting animation and training for education, social care and health professionals.

Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK in 2017: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is calling for the redesign of the social security system to ensure that nobody in the UK is left without the bare essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean. JRF’s Destitution in the UK 2018 report says serious physical health and mental health problems were reported by almost half of all destitute respondents. Read more

Carers action plan 2018 to 2020 published: The plan sets out how the government will improve support for carers in England over the next 2 years. Read more

New research into funding for adult social care published: The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. Read more

Review launched to encourage more disabled people to take up high profile public appointments: The Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, today announced a review that will make recommendations on how to encourage more disabled people to apply for public appointments. The review will be led by Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE and is expected to report in, later in 2018. Read more

State Pension Credit to be paid for children from 1st February 2019: The State Pension Credit (Additional Amount for Child or Qualifying Young Person) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 provide for the payment of an additional amount to a pension credit claimant entitled to the standard minimum guarantee, where that claimant is responsible for a child or qualifying young person and does not have an award of a tax credit.

Transpennine Express: Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People have started an online petition about the TransPennine Express decision to run services that are totally inaccessible to wheelchair-users

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






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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0330 995 0400


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