|Future of mobility: call for evidence: This Department for Transport consultation seeks views and evidence to inform government’s work on the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, including disability considerations. The consultation closes 11:45pm on 10 September 2018. Read more
Your experience of accessibility when using ships wanted: The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the regulatory body for the maritime passenger rights legislation. This legislation provides certain rights as to the assistance that is to be provided to disabled passengers and those of reduced mobility who travel by ship. The MCA, as part of the Inclusive Transport Strategy recently announced by Government, are now conducting a survey to gather information as to general awareness by disabled passengers of their rights and the effectiveness of the assistance provided. The survey closes 31 October 2018. Read more
Driver Only trains ‘toxic’ for disabled passengers: Freedom of information request shows Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) issued warning over two years ago. Rail Sector Champion Stephen Brookes, said: “I am discussing with various operators the impact and their positions on this and will be working with the Department for Transport and the Rail Delivery Group to get the facts right.” Read more
Disabled users have their input on new Greater Anglia trains: A group of disabled rail passengers and professionals has visited Stadler’s Bussnang factory to examine the new fleets being built for Greater Anglia. View article
English Blue Badge scheme to be extended: People with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions are to be given the right to a Blue Badge.
Evidence Based Interventions Consultation: Take part in the NHS England Evidence Based Interventions Consultation to help ensure interventions are clinically effective. The consultation will run to 28 September 2018. Find out more
Future of mobility: call for evidence: This consultation seeks views and evidence to inform government’s work on the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge – including accessibility and inclusion considerations. Closes 11:45pm on 10 September 2018. Find out more
Call for experiences of Patient Transport in London: Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria. They have produced a short survey where people can write their experience with arranging patient transport. The deadline to respond is 31 August 2018
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act workshops: The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act will be running three workshops during August 2018to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far. The events will run from 9.30am-1pm and will take place in:
Reasonable expenses and adjustments can be provided for those attending in a service user or carer capacity.
Government to continue to fund new oil-fired boilers and boiler replacement: The End Fuel Poverty Coalition recently wrote to BEIS Minister Claire Perry over concerns about its proposals to end support for oil-fired boilers. BEIS have now announced, in their response to the ECO3 consultation, that they will continue to allow new oil boilers to be installed under ECO3. In addition, a 400% uplift will be available to provide support for the replacement of broken boilers (including oil-fired boilers). Read more
MPs inquiry into benefit cap: The Work and Pensions Committee has re-launched its inquiry into the Benefit cap, which was abandoned due to the General Election. Read more
Social media companies and the Government have failed disabled people: A cross-party group of MPs believe that social media companies and the Government have failed disabled users and must act urgently. Read 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. The deadline for receipt of Challenge Fund applications is Friday 17th August at 17.00. Find out more