Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 19 November 2018

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DR UK and DRILL at Social Care Future event: Disability Rights UK, DRILL and the School for Social Care Research co-hosted a session on The Future of Social Care Research as part of a Social Care Future two day event in Manchester on 14 and 15 of November. Read more

Ministers and councils urged to dump ‘disability tax’: An Independent Living Strategy Group survey of more than 600 disabled people revealed that many raided their social care budgets for food, housing or heating or went into debt to pay for the basic personal support they need for day-to-day survival. Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK said: “If councils are to persist in this iniquitous tax on disability, they must at least reintroduce some consistency and clarity to their approach.” Read more

ORR Improving Assisted Travel consultation: This Office of Rail and Road consultation sets out proposals to change the Disabled People’s Protection Policy Guidance for train and station operators on how to write their policies for helping disabled people to travel by rail. Stephen Brookes MBE, Rail Sector Champion and DR UK ambassador says, “I hope the rail companies take this forward and work more cohesively with disabled people.” The Consultation closes 18 January 2019. Read more

Universal Credit linked to suicide risk finds new research: Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Benefit Advice and Policy Officer said: “The findings of this report are truly shocking and reason enough for the roll-out of Universal credit to be halted. Read more

Make Purple Tuesday Purple All Year Round: In 2011 Philip Connolly, our policy and communications manager, started to refer to the spending power of disabled people as the purple pound. Purple Tuesday, which took place on 13 November, seeks practical and accessible ways to utilise that power. But the campaign is not restricted to make businesses ‘purple pound friendly’ for one day a year. Its aim is to removed accessibility barriers for disabled shoppers completely. Read more

And as the UK celebrates its first ever #PurpleTuesday, new figures show more than half of disabled people are now in work, outnumbering those who are not working. But still a long way to go to catch up with non-disabled employment rates. Read more

Our Manifesto for disability rights in a post-EU UK: Disabled people make up one in five of the UK population and will be affected in specific ways by policy and legislative change flowing from the decision for the UK to leave the EU; yet disability has been barely mentioned in public and policy debate on the implications of Brexit. This report explores the key priorities of disabled people for a post-Brexit Britain and is a timely reminder that Brexit is not a sporting activity which allows political parties to fight amongst themselves instead of run the country. Read on, for a sensible discussion of important issues


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 or go here

APPG meeting on Changing Places Accessible Toilet Campaign: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability, invites you to the Group’s meeting on Tuesday 20th November, produced jointly with the APPG for Young Disabled People. Find out more


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses




Why not use Amazon Smile or easyfunding for your Black Friday shopping: Disability Rights UK has signed up to Amazon Smile. When you shop on Amazon, Amazon will donate to Disability Rights UK. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Alternatively you can use easyfunding. Shop with any of over 2000 well known retailers and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Disability Rights UK at no additional cost to you.

UNITE Issue 9 is out! Your chance to claim your free copy now! The latest issue of UNITE, your new disability rights magazine, is out now! Get your hands on your FREE sample copy.

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 Birmingham on 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



Disability History Month: Don’t forget. Disability History Month begins today. This year it focuses on Disability and Music. Find out more

You can now appeal your PIP decision online: To make your appeal go here, click on start now and type in personal independence payment. You can also download appeal forms for other benefits from this page. For more advice, see our appeals and mandatory reconsideration information

Survey on Patient Transport reveals poor and unfair assessment process for disabled and older people: In August 2018 Transport for All (TfA) carried out a survey to find out more about peoples’ experiences of trying to access patient transport services. Through this they have gathered several case studies that demonstrate how unfair patient transport eligibility criteria affected peoples’ lives and mental and physical wellbeing. Read more

Making roadwork ramps disability friendly: Roadworks are an all-too-common sight on the streets but, for pedestrians with disabilities, they can be more than an inconvenience – they’re often an insurmountable barrier. This is an Invitation to adults with disabilities to test revised ramp design at Deptford Lounge, East London, on Friday 23 November. Read more

Disability made top priority by UK employees over age and gender, new Wildgoose workplace survey finds: Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important in the workplace. Read more

Jobs and grants

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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:

  • 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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