Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 18 June 2018

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TransPennine Express climbs down over inaccessible trains: Following very deep concerns raised by disability groups and organisations, and even a meeting with TPE staff by the Rail Sector champion Stephen Brookes. TransPennine Express will not now introduce the two planned Mk 3 wheelchair inaccessible train sets into passenger service. Stephen says: “We are all delighted at this clear successful outcome of community pressure and trust that the importance of face to face remedies with rail companies at such a bad judgement will be taken over such future moves by all rail companies. Read moreLoss of disability premiums when claiming UC is discriminatory says High Court: The High Court ruled that the DWP unlawfully discriminated against two severely disabled men who lost disability premiums when they moved Local Authority and were required to claim Universal Credit (UC). DR UK says the High Court’s ruling is a tremendous victory but UC needs wholesale reform to automatically include severe disability and enhanced disability premiums to protect future disabled UC claimants. Read more

DR UK focus Group for Self Employed Disabled People: This is for research to understand more about the experience of disabled self-employed people with a view to understanding the barriers faced and the ideal support, advice or assistance that would help them to start, grow or maintain a business. Sessions take place on 26th June at Plexal, Here East. You need to hurry as we aim to come back to participants with confirmation of their place by 19th June 2018, though consideration will be given to later applicants. Find out 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


Members, projects and partners



Young people wanted to get actively involved in DR UK research: We are looking for young people aged 12-18 to become members of the project advisory board for a research project looking at attitudes towards disability and disabled people amongst their peers. Find out more#FutureFit- Disability Rights UK challenges the tech industry to support in getting more disabled people active! Hear from one of our star mentors and our Peer Support Lead who were guest speakers and took part in a panel debate…Read 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

Legally Disabled? DRILL research project in Wales: Not enough is known about the experiences of disabled people in professional occupations. They are largely absent in academic research, their presence, seemingly unexpected. This project explores the experiences of disabled people in the legal profession to discover barriers to gaining in employment and possible mitigating factors to some of these barriers. Find out more

See also Disability won’t stop me becoming a barrister, a video about the experiences of one of our trustees, Daniel Holt.

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

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

Disability Living Allowance factsheet updated: We have now revised our disability living allowance (DLA) factsheet so you can choose the information you need. We would welcome any feedback. View our new disability living allowance factsheet

Our benefits in hospital factsheet has now been revised and updated: This information is intended to briefly tell you how a stay in hospital affects the benefits you receive. Benefits in hospital factsheet

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



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. Find out moreUNCRPD debate: There is a Westminster Hall debate taking place on Wednesday 20 June 9:30am – 11:00am on the Government’s response to the UN report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

Rolling out Universal Credit: New National Audit Office report concludes it is impractical to cease Universal Credit rollout but criticises DWP for ducking hardship issues and expresses doubt on UC ‘into work’ and savings claims. Read more

Lords briefing on Support for Carers: This has been  prepared in advance of the motion moved by Baroness Redfern (Conservative) on 21 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the support available to carers and the Carers Action Plan 2018–2020: Supporting Carers Today”. Read more

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


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