Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 9 July 2018

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MEPs postpone EU copyright law issue till the autumn: MEPs voted by a margin of 40 to delay implementation of controversial new copyright law till September 2018. A new Bill is intended to protect musicians and artists who feel they are losing royalties as a result of internet uploads to YouTube and FaceBook – Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Placido Domingo, among 1,300 musicians, feel aggrieved .

But many feel the Bill goes too far and would needlessly censor the web. Disability Rights UK, for example, could find its own work hampered by a law change.

Article 13 of the Bill would require web platforms provided by Google, Microsoft, Wikipedia and internet companies to install copyright filters on material posted – basically any website that allows users to post text, images, sounds or code will need a way to assess and filter content, including your web host. This could prevent people from seeing important information if these automatic filters block them for reasons of copyright.

In addition to this, Article 11 could require web publishers, such as Disability Rights UK and other charities, to pay a ‘link tax’ when posting snippets of news from other outlets, which may hinder our ability to link to key reports and news items.

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Support our DSA Claim It! Campaign: The DSA Claim It! campaign offers advice and information about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) and other university-led adjustments. It’s estimated that in 2017 nearly half the people eligible for DSA did not make a claim though, for many students, a DSA might allow them to continue studying, rather than leaving their course. Find out how you can help

Our Manifesto for disability rights in a Brexit UK: Disability Rights UK has produced a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU UK.

Read our manifesto

Find out more about Brexit and Human Rights 

Main proposals of the manifesto

  1. All EU-based disability rights existing at the time the UK leaves the EU to be maintained
  2. Maintenance of existing disability rights which are incorporated in domestic law at the time of exit
  3. Continued Government commitment to the UK being ahead of the curve on disability rights
  4. At least matching current EU funding in real terms of DPOs and disability rights
  5. A full equality impact assessment by Government of plans for freedom of movement
  6. Continued mutual recognition initiatives useful to disabled people
  7. Giving the UNCRPD heightened status in domestic UK law
  8. Continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights

Fundamental drivers of good co-production in the commissioning of disabled peoples’ services: The small things in the practices of co-production really matter, so that disabled people can have a stronger voice in the commissioning of social and health services. Read this new blog from Anna Denham who has worked on several projects for Disability Rights UK, mostly in the field of research and policy impact.


Members, projects and partners



APPG report:  Over the last few months,  the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability has held productive events. This is just a snapshot of what has been achieved. Read the full report here. Disability Rights UK provides the Secretariat to the APPG.

  • We achieved success progressing the Ahead of the Arc report across Whitehall.
  • Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development, came and spoke to us about the upcoming Global Disability Summit, which presents a lot of promise for NGOs, DPOs and disabled people worldwide.
  • We also held a meeting that thoroughly examined the issue of accessibility in terms of transport, housing, the built environment and digital services altogether.
  • The APPG also ran an enquiry into how the closures of physical bank branches around the country – 2100 have closed in 3 years – have affected and will affect disabled people. The report can be read here
  • DR UK’s Philip Connolly and Disability@Work colleagues remain in close contact with the DWP’s Joint Work and Health Unit to influence the government’s strategy to meet its manifesto pledge to increase the number of disabled people in employment by 1 million.
  • Our next meeting is our AGM, where we are pleased announce the standing of new officers and focus on the representations of disabled people in the media.
  • We have several topics planned for the coming year after parliamentary recess, including the Changing Places campaign, which aims to see fully accessible disabled toilets installed around the country, and another which will examine the Social Care green paper once it is released.

Minutes for all our meetings are available here

For further details about our meetings and events, or to be involved in our upcoming programme of work, please contact appgsecretariat@disabilityrightsuk.org. See also our Twitter page

Our Leadership Academy Programme:  The Leadership Academy programme (LAP), is a career development programme, designed for the progression of employees with lived experience of disability and/or long term health conditions. It sets out to improve the employment position of employees living with a health condition or disability, whilst providing employers with access to a wider pool of talent. Find out more

Andy Horne, Supplier Management CoE Lead-KPMG LLP – Procurement had this to say about LAP:

“There is much to be gained from taking part in LAP, both as a delegate and as a mentor.  All participants have found the experience to be very rewarding and it has provided growth both personally and professionally.”

One of our delegates said:

“I found the whole LAP process to be very refreshing. ….For my part, it has made me a more rounded individual and better adapted to the challenges of leading a diverse workforce in the future.”

One of our mentors said:

“I have found it [LAP] to be incredibly rewarding, professionally and personally as the relationship with my mentee has grown and I have seen them blossom. I believe mentoring is a two way street; that as a mentor, you learn as much as that of the mentee, you see different perspectives and it enables you to reflect personally as much as it does them. What DR UK have created with the LAP is an incredible platform which allows people with disabilities to develop new skills, to grow personally and professionally to equip them further within their careers, enabling them to continue their upward progression or to break through the barrier(s) they had in front of them”.


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 more

Great North Run: We still 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 appeals factsheet has been updated: Our benefits appeals information is aimed at giving claimants an understanding of how to go about asking for a mandatory reconsideration and making an appeal, should you need to. View 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

Money Advice Trust working with DR UK: Earlier this year Disability Rights UK partnered with the Trust on a series of training initiatives. DR UK developed an online training programme to help staff better support clients with learning disabilities and delivered face-to-face training to accompany this. To find out more about disability equality and awareness training please email Jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org

You can access the Money Advice Trust’s most recent annual impact report here.


Other news



NHS app to make it quick and easy to book a GP appointment from December 2018: You will also be able to order repeat prescriptions, manage long-term conditions (whatever that means) donate your organs and select end-of-life care choices (presumably not assisted dying). Read more

Lords debate challenges facing disabled people:  Members of the Lords debated the different challenges facing disabled people in the UK in 2018, on Thursday 28 June.  Read transcript

DWP Reviewing PIP Applications from People with Bleeding Disorders: Letters are being sent out to arrive by 23rd July 2018. Call 0800 121 4296 if you are not contacted. Find out more

Disability employment gap narrows slightly but is still wide: This Commons briefing on People with disabilities in employment finds that between January-March 2014 and January-March 2018, the number of women with disabilities in employment increased by around 474,000, an increase of 30%. Over the same period, the number of men with disabilities in employment increased by around 290,000, an increase of 21%. Read briefing

Workshops on the experience of disabled people in the workplace: Scope are organising focus groups in Leeds and Cardiff aimed at asking disabled people what information employers should collect about their disabled employees. Read more

Hate crime recording and data collection practice across the EU: The United Kingdom has met most Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) commitments on hate crime data collection and reporting. Read more

Disabled Facilities Grant application forms not freely available in England: Survey finds that about half of local authorities in England do not make Disabled Facilities Grant application forms freely available. Read more

Bus Services Act accessible information consultation: The Department for Transport invites feedback on the Bus Services Act 2017 and accessible information policy proposals. They want to introduce regulations that require bus operators to provide better audible and visible information on local bus services. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 16 September 2018. 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

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

0330 995 0400


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