Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 2 July 2018

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There are no knights in shining armour in the autism communities. And now we must redouble our efforts to tackle the ghosts of wider disability history: On Thursday 19th April an article in Molecular Biology by Herwig Czech was released, providing evidence that Austrian Psychologist Hans Asperger not only colluded with Nazi Germany –  he had active sympathies with Nazi policy. Leo Capella, Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active who is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome provides his reaction to Czech’s research and what should be done in the light of it. Read Leo’s blogDR UK’s policy positions: DR UK’s policy positions state the progress we want and expect to see on major policy areas. They underpin our work & can be used by all our members and allies to press for change nationally, regionally and locally.  Our skills for careers policy position is that, if disabled people’s skills were brought up to the level of non-disabled people, it would:

  • Help close the gap between disabled and non-disabled people in employment and pay
  • Help meet our rights to education and to work under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Add billions to the UK economy.

We will be posting more policy positions soon.

Briefings for debate on challenges facing disabled people in UK: Baroness Thomas of Winchester secured a Lords debate on 28 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the different challenges facing disabled people in the United Kingdom in 2018” Read the debate

Disability Rights UK wrote two briefings in advance of the debate and sent them to all those members of the Lords taking part.

  • Briefing 1 outlines the challenges posed to disabled people by Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit.
  • Briefing 2 outlines why the DWP is being compelled to review the benefit claims of over 1.5 million disabled claimants.

Independent review of Northern Ireland PIP assessment process: The Final report of Walter Rader’s independent review on PIP assessment in Northern Ireland has recommendations that go further than either of the two reviews by Paul Grey in England. It includes the right forclaimants to get a copy of the PIP assessor’s report with their decision letter. Read DR UKs opinion on the report

APPG open meeting on representation of disabled people in the media: Featuring speakers from Channel 4, the Financial Times, Omnicom Media Group and the BBC. Date and time is Monday 16 July 2018, 4:30pm – 6:30pm. 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 moreGet 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 (CQC) would like to hear about your experience! Telephone us on 0330 995 0400 and choose option 1 or click here for further information.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services. Find out more on the CQC website


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



New Disability Rights Magazine Out Now! UNITE is your new disability rights magazine, covering everything from accessibility and housing to universal credit and mental health campaigns. It has introduced a ‘Know Your Rights’ section that covers a different area each month. Future issues will look at your rights in regards to public transport, discrimination, accessibility and benefits, among many others. Out every month! Find out moreGreat 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.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

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



Minister questioned on Universal Credit and benefit sanctions: Following the highly critical National Audit Office report on the rollout of universal credit, the Work and Pensions Committee questioned the Minister of State for Employment, Department of Work and Pensions Alok Sharma and others on benefit sanctions on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Watch evidence sessionThe Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is  consulting on proposals to move existing claimants in receipt of a working age income-related benefit to Universal Credit: Closes 10am on Monday 20 August 2018. Find out more

Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018: These Regulations ensure that the new Scottish carer’s allowance supplement is not to be taken into account in the calculation of income for Council Tax Reduction claims. Any payment of arrears will be ignored for a period of 12 months from the date of receipt of the payment in the calculation of capital. Coming into force 27 October 2018. Read SI 2018/211

MPs want older people to pay to fund personal care for all: The Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees’ joint report calls for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care. Their report recommends the introduction of a ‘Social Care Premium’, paid as part of National Insurance or a new not-for-profit social insurance fund which would only be used for social care. The premium would only be paid by those aged over 40 and later extended to those over the age of 65. Read more

Campaigner defeats third government department on accessible information: Graham Kirwan is partially-sighted. He has computer software that can magnify text, but it does not usually work with scanned or PDF documents, The Ministry of Justice refused to supply word alternatives. His victory for accessibility means that Graham can now add The Ministry of Justice to his portfolio of successful challenges, which includes the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions. Read more

All Inclusive: Supporting You at University: On Friday 6th July 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Lancaster University are hosting ‘All Inclusive: Supporting You at University’, an event focused on providing young people with disabilities with the most up-to-date information, advice and guidance about Higher Education. Read 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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