Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 22 October 2018

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Members – Book your place for our 2018 AGM and conference: Our free Annual General Meeting and Conference is on Tuesday 6 November at Resource for London, 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Disability Rights UK would like to invite ALL MEMBERS to attend. The Conference theme is “The Right to Participate”. Find out more

DR UK CEO in the Disability Power 100 list: Disability Rights UK wants to congratulate everyone on this year’s Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list, for their achievements – including our own CEO Kamran Mallick. Special congratulations to others on the list:

  • Mik Scarlet, broadcaster and presenter, who will be speaking at our Right to Participate conference on 6 November 2018.
  • TV presenter Alex Brooker and comedian and presenter Adam Hills, who will be jointly presenting our Jack Ashley lecture early in 2019.

DWP to pay out £970 million in ESA underpayments: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is reviewing around 900,000 cases where ESA might be underpaid following their migration from incapacity benefit. Disability Rights UK Deputy CEO Sue Bott said,

“The DWP has known about these underpayments since 2013. They spent five years trying to hide behind constructing a legal argument as to why they shouldn’t pay up despite the hardship they have caused to tens of thousands of disabled people. Earlier this year, thankfully, they abandoned that approach. We urge DWP to urgently ensure all underpayments are rectified as soon as possible. This has gone on far too long. Enough is enough.” Read more

We want to hear your views for the UK Torture Review: We are seeking evidence from civil society organisations in England and Wales for a joint shadow report on the measures taken by the UK Government to prevent torture and ill-treatment. The deadline is Friday 2 November 2018. Find out more


Members, projects and partners



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

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

Research conducted by Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham reaches nearly one hundred and fifty participants: All of them including our volunteer for Get Yourself Active Iyiola have received a fifteen pound Amazon Gift Voucher and have been entered into a draw for a £100 one. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part so far. We’d also like to thank everyone who has shared our calls for participants which has helped us get to this point. However we still need more disabled people to complete a, roughly fifteen minute, online questionnaire and a follow up one. Find out more

Disabled People’s Experiences of the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group: New research, by the University of Essex for DR UK member Inclusion London, shows DWP sanctions and conditionality only succeed in not helping disabled people into work and harming their mental health. Read more

Choice, Control and Independent Living: Putting the Care Act into practice: Read DR UK member Merton CIL’s review of the current position of adult social care in the London Borough of Merton, and the way forward. Read more


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



London Marathon: Didn’t get selected for the London Marathon Ballot? Places still available to run for DR UK contact chelsey.tredgold@disabilityrightsuk.org or go to our fundraising page

See our shop offers:

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

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 Taunton and Birmingham (15 November 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


Other news



Airlines given guidance on assisting passengers with hidden disabilities: The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance to airlines follows similar advice given to airports in 2016 and has been formulated in association with disability groups. Read more

Disabled Access Day 2019: Run by the team behind the popular review website Euan’s Guide, Disabled Access Day is the biannual event that brings together venues and their disabled visitors in the spirit of trying something new. Find out more

Disability hate crimes in England and Wales up by a third: Disability hate crimes in England and Wales have surged by a third over the last year according to disturbing new police figures obtained by the charity United Response. Read more

Get your MP to attend debate on cuts to disability support: MPs Debbie Abrahams, and Kate Green, have secured a debate to discuss the urgent need for a cumulative impact assessment to all cuts to disability support. The provisional date for the debate is Thursday 25 October 2018. Please ask your MP to attend the debate

Jobs and grants

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People is seeking a Chief Executive: Salary: £35.000 to £38,000 pa for a 36 hour working week. Closing date is Friday 9th November 2018. Find out more

HCPC is seeking a Chair of Council: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals. Remuneration for the post is £65,000 annual allowance for approximately 3 days a week. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 19 November 2018. Find out more

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


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