Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 1 October 2018

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DR UK responds to the LGA report on adult social care: In our response, we make a case for care being delivered as a shared enterprise between disabled people, government and the wider society. Instead of a postcode lottery, we think there should be a national system that delivers for people wherever they live in England. This support should be in one budget for more choice and control in how we lead our lives and to improve outcomes. Support, from whatever source, should be free at the point of use and funded from general taxation. Read more

Disabled parents often seen as risk to their children rather than given support: Sowarns this Disability Rights UK DRILL funded report by the University of Bedfordshire.  Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK said: “This research gives a much-needed voice to disabled parents. Now professionals and policymakers need to listen to them. While we recognise the complex demands facing health and social care professionals, they should work with each other and with disabled parents to provide the support that keeps families together.” Find out more

Campaigners urge UK government to drop obstacles on EU disability equality rights: The British government is blocking key European legislation that would improve the lives of millions of disabled people. Disability Rights UK is joining other European disability organisations in urging the government to drop its opposition to key parts of the European Access Act (EAA) and commit to passing the legislation by 3 December – the European Day of Disabled Persons. Read more

Calling all DPOs – social investment survey: Disability Rights UK is working in partnership with Traverse on a project to help Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) better understand and engage with social investment. This project is funded through the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s Connect Fund. If you work for a DPO, please help us design the project to meet your organisation’s needs by giving 15 minutes of your time to complete our social investment survey

Smartphone assistance app will transform journeys for disabled rail passengers: Transreport’s Smartphone app, developed in collaboration with Disability Rights UK, is to be rolled out across Britain. It will revolutionise passenger assistance, making it easier for customers to book help at stations and get a more consistent and reliable service. Read more

Disability benefit spending reduced by £5 billion over the last decade: DR UK says these new figures once again highlight that those hardest hit by austerity have been disabled people and that this has been a deliberate result of Government policy. Read more


Members, projects and partners



See how DR UK celebrates National Fitness Day: National Fitness Day took place on 26 September 2018. Instead of writing about why you should get fit we’re showing the different ways that some of our staff at Disability Rights UK keep ourselves physically active. And we’ve got the pictures to prove it too! Read our blog

DRILL news: DRILL is funding a one-year pilot study, by the Mental Health Foundation, to examine the high levels of physical ill-health and preventable deaths of people with serious mental health problems in Northern Ireland.

Write a product review for the Amazon Alexa on the DRILL funded Rate it! website and you could win one for yourself

Leadership Academy Programme: Spaces are still available on our Leadership Academy programme Contact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

Right to Participate project: Our Right to Participate project aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, which can protect you from discrimination in everyday situations. Find out more

Tell us about your care: Recently visited your GP or been to hospital? We would like to hear about your experience! Tell us about your care – 0330 995 0400


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



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Factsheets, Guides and 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

Disability Rights UK workshop on Universal Credit and disabled students: This free workshop will bring you bang up-to-date with the implementation of Universal Credit and the impact on disabled students. Date and time, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Wednesday 10th October 2018. Find out more and registration

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 Leeds, Taunton and Birmingham between October 2018 and 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


Other news



UN Torture Review: In April 2019 the UK will be reviewed by the United Nations Committee against Torture under their periodic review procedure for their compliance with the UN Convention against Torture. REDRESS is facilitating a joint civil society response to the process, through a series of consultations and the preparation of a joint shadow report and would be pleased if you would consider participating in the process. Find out more

Severe mental health problems lead to poor physical health and early death: A new Public Health England report shows people with severe mental illness (SMI) suffer worse physical health compared to the general population. They also die on average 15 to 20 years earlier. Professor Julia Verne, Head of Clinical Epidemiology at Public Health England, said: “We need to look beyond mental illness to a ‘whole person’ approach to health care, helping to improve peoples’ lives.” Read more

Skills for Care report on adult social care workforce in England: This report examines workforce characteristics about the entire adult social care workforce in England such as age, gender, ethnicity and specific job role information. It finds a quarter on zero hours contacts, over 30% staff turnover rate and a workforce that is 83% British (8% come from the EU but 21% have British citizenship). Read more

Ombudsman says council wrong to say elderly couple got rid of capital to avoid care costs: South Gloucestershire Council has been asked to apologise to an elderly couple after deciding they deliberately deprived themselves of capital in order to reduce the husband’s care costs. Read more

More Brexit no deal scenarios published: These are concerned with travel, including taking guide and assistance dogs abroad and plane, bus and coach travel in the EU. Read more

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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:

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Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.

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