Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 10 September 2018

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DR UK condemns cult of austerity as disabled man kills himself after £20 benefit cut: Disabled West Sussex landscape gardener Mark Barber took his own life, leaving behind a small square Post-It, which said simply: “I am officially begging you please help me!” This was the last of a series of post-it notes he wrote, detailing his money troubles, whilst on benefits. DR UK policy manager Philip Connolly commented that many disabled people have been made poorer under austerity, some having been driven into destitution and some suffering such despair that it appears to have contributed to them taking their lives. Read more

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will take our rights backwards: The Bill proposes a Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) scheme to replace the Deprivation of Liberty scheme (DoLs) which authorises the deprivation of liberty of people who ‘lack mental capacity’. The Bill will affect the fundamental human rights of hundreds of thousands of people with conditions such as dementia, learning disability and brain injury. Read more about our concerns

DR UK are looking for a Business Development Manager: We want someone to develop new income generation opportunities and manage our existing commercial initiatives. Applications close 9.00am on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Find out more

Universal credit migration: As the Resolution Foundation publishes its recommendations for UC migration, we still say the UC system is unfit and call for a halt until it is fixed. Read more

Campaigners raise thousands in days for #TransportJustice legal fund: The campaign, which will fund legal actions on behalf of disabled people who have faced discrimination on public transport, has raised thousands of pounds in just a week. DR UK ambassador and Rail Sector Champion Stephen Brookes welcomes the initiative but says it is even more vital that we continue to work with transport companies to change long term inclusion policies and not just fight individual cases. Read more

Supporting disabled people through traineeships consultation: Disability Rights UK wants to hear from disabled people with a good experience of traineeships, especially paid traineeships, who are willing to be quoted. Closes 17 September 2018. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Right to Participate website launched: Disability Rights UK’s Right to Participate project is funded by the Legal Education Foundation. The project aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, especially the ways it can protect disabled people from discrimination in everyday situations. View website

Get Yourself Active holds its first workshop for Social Workers in Essex: On Wednesday 29 August Get Yourself Active held its first workshop for social workers in Essex on how to include physical activity for disabled people in social work. Read more

New DRILL Tenders announced: DRILL is commissioning two tenders. These are:

Getting Our Voices Heard: Some topics of importance to disabled people that impact on their ability to achieve independent living are not easy to progress at a National or UK level. We are interested in maximising the influence on policy and practice of disabled people and their organisations.

Including Missing Voices: There are specific groups or communities of disabled people who are not being heard. We would like to find out why and if possible, what can be done to reach, include and strengthen the voices of such groups of disabled people in policy debates.

The closing date for these tenders is 12 noon, 27 November 2018. Information can be accessed at www.drilluk.org.uk/tenders

Spaces available on our Leadership Academy Programme: Our 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. Contact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information but hurry – places are going fast.

DR UK Leadership Academy Executive, Katrina Morris, will speak about the Programme and how it has impacted employees with disabilities at the Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit 2018 on 13 September 2018


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Disability Rights Handbook: As Universal Credit’s rollout is extended, keeping up with the new rules is crucial. Get your copy of our Disability Rights Handbook now

Factsheets, information and guides: 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

UNITE Issue 7 is out! Your chance to claim your free copy now! The latest issue of UNITE, your new disability rights magazine, is out now! To get your hands on your FREE sample copy click here

Free training on Inclusive Practice in careers: Disability Rights UK is offering free one-day training days designed for school careers advisers, coordinators and school careers leaders in London, Leeds, Taunton and Birmingham between 19 September 2018 and 15 January 2019. The training is for those who wish to develop their understanding of disability equality and enhance their skills to support disabled learners with careers guidance and careers planning. Find out more

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

Photograph any locked RADAR toilet for a chance to win £100 in vouchers: Do you often come across public disabled facilities with an official N&C Phlexicare RADAR lock? Take a picture of any RADAR locked public facilities and share the picture either on social media or by email and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw for £100 in vouchers. Read more

You can purchase a RADAR key from our shop


Other news



EHRC to examine whether discrimination victims on lower incomes are denied justice: Following changes to legal aid in 2012, funding for most discrimination cases can only be accessed via the Legal Aid Agency’s telephone gateway (CLA). Evidence suggests that, following the introduction of the gateway, provision of initial legal aid for discrimination cases dropped by nearly 60%. Find out more

Lord Holmes Review: Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE has been commissioned to review the public appointments application process and make recommendations on how to improve it for disabled people. Find out more

Scotland promise ‘Best Start Grant’ Christmas Present for new parents on low income: The payments will be £600 on the birth of a first child, £300 on the birth of subsequent child and £250 for each child when they start nursery and again when they start school. Find out more

Jobs and grants

Calls for evidence:





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.

For more information see our Contact us page


Disability Rights UK

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