Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 14 January 2019

Disability Rights UK news


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Taking Disability Confident further and putting it into practice: In his new blog Philip Connolly, our policy and communications manager, identifies 11 aspects of the disability confident scheme which could be improved. He wants disability employment to be seen as a metric of social value in public sector contracting. Read more

DR UK congratulates our Chair, Martin Stevens, on being awarded an OBE: Our CEO, Kamran Mallick, said:  “His commitment to disability rights and vision for disabled people to be treated equally has been a key element of his contribution to our work. We have really appreciated having his experience and passion to draw on during his time as a board member, and chair, of the organisation.” Read more

We welcome the extension of the Blue Badge Scheme to those with hidden disabilities: Our CEO, Kamran Mallick, said: “The Blue Badge Scheme is an important and essential part of ensuring that we, disabled people, can participate and live our lives in society. With public transport not universally accessible the use of a car is essential for many.” Read more

NHS Long Term Plan ignores crisis in social care says DR UK: Sue Bott, Deputy CEO Disability Rights UK. said: The NHS long-term plan is all good and worthy but as CSA observes, without fixing the crisis in social care its success will be seriously undermined. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Our Right to Participate Project:  Find out how you can use the Equality Act, to take action to protect you from discrimination in everyday situations. Share your story and read the stories of other disabled people who have faced discrimination and what they’ve done about it.

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

Did you need to see a doctor over the Christmas or New Year period?  Did you experience any difficulties getting an appointment? The regulator for health in England – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – are seeking to learn more about the experiences of disabled people and their families when using the NHS.  The survey can be completed online via this link, or if you prefer to speak on the telephone, call 0330 995 0400, choose Option 1 and quote ‘CQC’.


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses




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

Our Funding higher education factsheet for disabled students has been updated: This factsheet tells you about the financial support that is available  and where to apply for it. It covers undergraduate higher education courses. Read more


Other news



UK’s first disabled/electric dual charging bay: The latest NCP car park to open in Salford, Stanley Street, has installed dual electric charging/disabled bays. These are believed to be the first installed in the UK. Read more

DCMS ‘Smart Homes’ pilot: The West Essex pilot aims to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas. Read more

Benefits freeze likely to end in 2020, says Amber Rudd: A Conservative welfare policy estimated to cost some working families hundreds of pounds a year is likely to be brought to an end five years after it was first imposed, the work and pensions secretary has signalled. Read more

Universal credit: U-turn on two-child cap on benefit for those with children born before the system began in 2017: Migration also put back a year, apart from 10,000 claimants. Read more

Motability set to spend millions more on grants for adapted vehicles: The Motability car scheme is set to increase substantially the number of grants it makes to disabled people with high support needs that allow them to lease an adapted vehicle, MPs have been told. 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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