Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 3 December 2018

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The EnAble Fund for Elected Office – Providing access costs for disabled candidates: The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability or health condition, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The Fund is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. The Fund is launched today on 3rd December 2018, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

DR UK signs open letter to Home Builders Federation who object to LAs building accessible new homes: DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick says: “It is shocking to find that the Home Builders Federation has been raising objections against 15 local councils who are seeking to ensure more accessible homes are built in their communities…” Read more

DR UK welcomes the new Rail Ombudsman service: The Rail Ombudsman is an independent organisation which offers a free and expert service to investigate complaints you have about rail service providers, such as train companies. Read more

DR UK supports the RMT statement on disabled access to Britain’s railways: The issue of guards on trains is absolutely critical to disabled people being able to travel on trains. Read more

APPG for Disability welcomes recent DWP announcements aimed at strengthening workplace inclusion: Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the APPG for Disability, is pleased to say that two recent announcements from the Department of Work and Pensions are positive and important steps towards the widespread adoption of inclusive working practices. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Right to Participate project: Our Right to Participate project aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, especially the ways it can protect disabled people from discrimination in everyday situations.

  • Take Action – read how you can assert your rights in everyday situations.
  • Stories – read how disabled people have faced discrimination and what they’ve done about it.
  • Share your story – your story, your way. Whether it’s text, audio, video or image share a story with us and help empower other disabled people to take action.

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

GOGA at Canterbury Christchurch University on International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Sarah Johnson, Get Out Get Active Peer (GOGA) Support Lead at Disability Rights UK has been asked to provide information about GOGA and DR UK’s other services to students on the 3rd December for International Day of Persons with Disabilities – #IDPD. Read more



DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Why not use Amazon Smile or easyfundraising for your Christmas shopping: Disability Rights UK has signed up to both AmazonSmile and easyfundraising. Shop using either of these and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Disability Rights UK at no additional cost to you – you still get the same great deals.

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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

Free training on Inclusive Practice in careers: Disability Rights UK is offering a free one-day training day 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



Commons briefing on forthcoming social care green paper: This briefing discusses what we know so far about government plans for what might appear in the, much delayed, social care green paper – expected at the end of the year. When published, the paper will cover funding for all adult social care in England.  In England, adults aged 18−64 represented 33% of adult social care recipients but accounted for half of all spending on adult social care. Read more

Care Quality Commission latest news: Updates for organisations that represent people who use services.

  • Care Quality Commission’s Community Mental Health Survey highlight concerns around access to care, care planning and support for people with mental health conditions in relation to physical health needs, financial advice or benefits.
  • Equally Outstanding, a resource which shows how a focus on equality and human rights can improve care quality – even in times of financial constraint – has been updated.
  • Can you help CQC find case studies of people’s experiences of care? They want to recruit 3-5 people to take part in video case studies, including people working in health and social care settings.

Who cares? The implications of informal care and work for policymakers and employers: This Work Foundation paper outlines some of the implications associated with the growing number of informal carers in the UK, the health and social care system’s increasingly unsustainable reliance on them, and what Government and employers can do about it. Read more

Switching Focus: Whose responsibility to improve disabled peoples employment and pay: This report addresses the question of whether there is a set of policy levers that could, together, encourage employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay. Read report

MPs consider impact of Brexit withdrawal agreement on health and social care: The Health and Social Care Committee questioned the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the CEO of NHS England and academics and experts, on the likely impact of the withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the health and social care sector. Read more

Work and Pensions Committee investigates DWP recovery of carer overpayments: The DWP estimates that it overpays £160 million in Carer’s Allowance on an annual basis and is now looking to recover that money. Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Right Honourable Frank Field MP, said: “….No carer should have to suffer as result of such shocking ineptitude and I believe those overpayments that are the fault of the Government’s own incompetence should be written off with the greatest urgency.” Read more

Action required to improve major roads to make them more accessible for disabled road users: In new research from Transport Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, disabled road users identify a number of changes that could radically improve their use of major roads. Read more





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

Plexal 14 East Bay Lane Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, LondonE20 3BS United Kingdom

0330 995 0400


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