Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 17 December 2018

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Policy Pathways to Justice in Energy Efficiency: The findings from this study were launched Tuesday 11 December. The project has explored some of the key gaps in knowledge regarding justice in energy efficiency policy in the UK and focused on the impact of energy efficiency policies on disabled people, those with long term illnesses and low-income households with children. Deputy CEO Sue Bott spoke at the event. One report, Supporting fuel poor disabled people through energy efficiency measures – Practitioner guide was co-authored by UKERC, University of York and Disability Rights UK.

Celebrating Human Rights Day 2018: Disability Rights UK prides itself on its commitment to human rights, in particular those related to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. See our human rights related policy work, campaigns information and services


Members, projects and partners



The EnAble Fund: 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. For more information, go to www.disabilityrightsuk.org/enablefund

Right to Participate:  Find out how you can use the Equality Act, to protect you 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

DRILL Is It Me? Project update: This blog is an update on the Northern Ireland Is It Me? Project on how attitudes in the adult social care system impact on the independent living choices of disabled people. The project is funded by the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) and the Big Lottery Fund, and is led by Disability Action NI (DANI). Read more

APPG for Disability reflects over the past year of progress on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: On Monday 3rd December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the APPG for Disability held a drop-in event for Parliamentarians to celebrate the disability sector and the work that has been done over the past year. Read more


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Into post-16 learning and work workshop: Information and workshop about options, strategies and initiatives for disabled young people. This event will be of interest to parents and those supporting disabled young people into education, training and employment. Date: February 27th 2019, Time: 10:00 am- 16:00 pm at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. Find out more

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

DR UK 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

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.


Other news



Next Stage artist accessibility project launches with new survey: Next Stage is an innovative development project for artists with disabilities, impairments and health conditions. The project aims to champion talent and removing barriers to creativity and career progression. Read more. The Next Stage Artist Survey is now open.

Abolition of Class 2 contributions: The government response to the consultation on abolishing class 2 contributions confirms that class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) will be abolished. The Government will reform Class 4 NICs as a route to self-employed individuals building entitlement to the State Pension and other contributory benefits.

Best Start Grant: The Scottish government has replaced Sure Start Maternity Grant with their new Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment in Scotland

£40 million personalised support package for long-term unemployed disabled people launched: Disabled people will be able to work with a dedicated key worker to get and stay in employment, the new Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has announced. Read more

Review calls for overhaul of Disabled Facilities Grants: This review was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and written by the University of the West of England, Foundations, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Ferret Information Systems. The review examined the operation of the grant and wider delivery of home adaptations to support the independence of disabled people living in their own homes. In total, it has made 45 recommendations. The government is considering its findings. 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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