Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 30 July 2018

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Global Disability Summit 2018 postscript: On 24 July 2018 the UK government co-hosted its first ever Global Disability Summit  with the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya. Disability Rights UK’s CEO Kamran Malik spoke at one of the summit plenary sessions and also wrote a thoughtful (and popular) blog about the event, noting  the irony of the Government’s commitment to promoting the rights of disabled people abroad, whilst at the same time possibly being the cause of a reduction in rights for disabled people in the UK. Find out more

Next steps towards a fully inclusive transport network: This new Government strategy aims to improve accessibility across all types of travel for people with visible and less visible disabilities. As such, it is to be welcomed but the strategy does not fully address two issues which Disability Rights UK have long campaigned for – namely wheelchair access on buses and shared spaces. Read more

Scandal of low percentage of indefinite PIP awards: DR UK demands to know why only 18.1% of PIP awards have been for an indefinite period. Worse, not only were 82.8% awards made for just 3.5 years or less, 1 in 5 PIP awards (23%) were only made for just 1.5 years or less. Speaking on behalf of Disability Rights UK, our welfare rights and policy adviser Ken Butler said: “These figures are scandalous. Not only is there a ‘high bar’ set for the PIP test but most claimants will have to go through the same ordeal after two and half years because their award is reviewed automatically one year before its end date.” Read  more

Trustees wanted at Disability Rights UK: We are disabled people leading change, working for “Equal Participation for All”. We are looking for new Trustees to join our board from January 2019. This year we are particularly looking for people with expertise in finance, fundraising / income generation, marketing and communications – including digital communications. The closing date for applications Monday 13 August 2018. Read more


Members, projects and partners



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 here or contact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

Disability Rights UK welcome ‘social prescribing’ initiative: New funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services. It chimes with our own Get Out Get Active project which supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Also. our Get Yourself Active project works with the health, social care and sports sectors to develop better opportunities for disabled people to get active. Read more


DR UK Fundraising, products, jobs, courses



New Disability Rights Magazine: 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

Factsheets and guides: Two of our factsheets have been revised and updated:

We would appreciate your feedback on this information.

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

DR UK training: To find out more about our disability equality and awareness training please email Jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org


Other news



UN Rapporteur seeks views on UK poverty and human rights: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 6 to 16 November 2018 at the invitation of the UK Government. His visit will focus, in accordance with his mandate, on the interlinkages between poverty and the realization of human rights in the United Kingdom. Written submissions can be sent until Friday 14 September at 18:00. Find out more

New Challenge Fund launched to help disabled people stay in work: Applications are welcome from organisations in any sector across England, Scotland and Wales, including employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others. Applications from smaller organisations particularly welcome. The deadline for receipt of Challenge Fund applications is Friday 17th August at 17.00.  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 Station
  • Bus stop X outside Stratford City Station/Westfield

Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.

Find out more on the Plexal website


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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