Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 29 October 2018

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Our Right to Participate conference and AGM is OPEN TO EVERYONE: It’s happening on Tuesday 6 November at Resource for London, 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book now! It’s free!

The Right to Participate is a project that Disability Rights UK is running with support from the Legal Education Foundation.

This project will:

  • create an interactive guide to increase disabled people’s understanding of their legal rights
  • support disabled people to see where the barrier they are facing has a legal solution
  • run a campaign promoting the project to our website users, members, advice sector networks, strategic partners
  • publish success stories of disabled people using the resource to understand rights and resolve issues

Mik Scarlet, broadcaster and presenter, will be speaking at our conference. Find out more about the event

Achievements of the Global Disability Summit: 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 on Dignity and Respect for All and also wrote a thoughtful (and popular) blog where he addressed 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. However, the event had many positive outcomes. Read the Global Disability Summit event summary

Universal credit leaves disabled people £300 a month worse off, report finds: Responding to CAB findings, Ken Butler, welfare rights advisor at Disability Rights UK, said the “robbing” of disabled people’s income was “shocking” and reason enough why the roll-out of universal credit should be halted.

At the same time, a new Public Accounts Committee report finds that Universal Credit is causing unacceptable hardship and difficulties for many of the claimants it was designed to help.

Our response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Is Britain Fairer? Report: Commenting on the report, Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK said: “The EHRC’s comprehensive report demonstrates what we are hearing daily; that in almost every aspect of life, the chances for disabled people are getting worse.  It is now urgent that the Government looks at the cumulative impact of their policies and acts to restore the opportunities for disabled people to be equal citizens in today’s Britain.” Read more


Members, projects and partners



How Nordic Walking keeps Nina Bergonzi physically active: Our latest personal experience blog post at Get Yourself Active comes from Nina Bergonzi who has Dystonia and uses Nordic Walking to help keep herself physically active. Read blog

If you’re disabled, inspired by Nina and want to submit a blog post (or drawing) about getting physically active then read this blog post for more information about what we’re looking for

Then e-mail Kirsty Mulvey, Research and Engagement Officer at: kirsty.mulvey@disabilityrights.uk.org

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

CQC voices concerns on end of life nursing care: Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC appeared on BBC news, speaking on palliative care. Find out more

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

Focus group for DRILL “Is it Me?” Project: Disability Action, Derry are inviting disabled people living in the North-West Ulster to take part in a session in adult social care in Northern Ireland. Tuesday 16 November 2018, 12.00pm to 13.00pm. Find out 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



Respond to the consultation on proposals to ban plastic straws: Closes 3 December 2018. The government wants your views on how best to provide for exemptions but a recent YouGov report found that the public is 77% in favour of banning plastic drinking straws so it is important that people respond. Find out more

Cost of Social Security Benefits Medical Examinations quadruples over 8 years: Asked by Angela Crawley MP. Answered by Sarah Newton MP – “how much money from the public purse has been paid to private firms to carry out health assessments for her Department in each year for which information is available.” Find out more

The government’s reasons for gagging clauses: Two written questions, one by an MP and one by a Lord were asked concerning the government’s reason for using ‘gagging clauses” in contracts with charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises and companies. View the government’s reply

Warm Home Discount Scheme goes live for winter 2018 to 2019: The Warm Home Discount Scheme provides certain households at risk of fuel poverty with a one-off £140 discount on their electricity or gas bill. Find out more about help with heating

Support to move off Post Office card accounts: DWP is working with a small number of people who use Post Office card accounts to find out:

  • how people who use these accounts can be supported
  • if any people using these accounts can move to a bank, building society or credit union account

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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0330 995 0400


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