Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 21 January 2019

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DR UK want disabled peoples’ experience of the criminal justice system: With a view to hosting a series of focus groups. Read more

PIP has cost up to £2 billion more than keeping DLA: We say these Office for Budget Responsibility findings are a kick in the teeth to the thousands of disabled people whose incomes, independence and physical and mental well-being has been blighted by PIP. Read more

NINE disabled people die every day waiting on benefits decisions: Policy and development manager at Disability Rights UK Philip Connolly said: “Disabled people shouldn’t have to wait for so long for assessments for PIP. How vulnerable do you have to be before the government will change how things are done and ensure people get their assessments in a timely manner?” Read more

NHS financial sustainability report: This National Audi Office (NAO) report examines whether the NHS is on track to achieve financial sustainability. It concludes that this will only be possible when we see the results of the Spending Review for the non-NHS England parts of the health service, and the funding for social care. Disability Rights UK has already criticised the NHS Long Term Plan for ignoring the crisis in social care. We too will be interested in the funding for social care, including the ‘increasingly mythical’ forthcoming social care green paper. Read more

Your views wanted on the automated vehicles consultation: Disability Rights UK will be responding to the consultation on future law changes for the safe use of automated vehicles in the UK. We would like to hear your views by 1 February 2019. 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

How are you finding the waiting times for an appointment with your GP?  We have been asked by the regulator for the NHS and care services in England – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – to find out more from our readers about a disabled persons experience accessing health services.  The ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ survey is being used to help the CQC plan for the future with disabled people in mind.  The survey can be completed by clicking on this link.  If you would prefer to call and we can complete it for you, please ring; 0330 995 0400 and choose Option 1 and quote; ‘CQC’.

Dudley CIL peer support group for individual employers and personal assistants: Dudley CIL would like to invite anyone interested to get in touch so this group can take shape. Find out more


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 postgraduate education for disabled students factsheet has been updated


Other news



You can now apply for or renew your Blue Badge online: You can now apply for a Blue Badge, or renew your old one, within half an hour thanks to a new online service launched by the Department for Transport. Apply for or renew your Blue Badge online

Universal credit and the old severe disability premium: From 16 January 2016, claimants getting severe disability premium under legacy benefit rules cannot claim universal credit but will, instead, continue to claim the legacy benefit. See SI 2019/10 and SR 2019/2

Changes to pension credit claiming rules for couples: From 15 May 2019, couples making a claim, where one is over the  State Pension age, will have to claim universal credit until the younger partner is old enough to claim pension age benefits. See our pension credit factsheet

Petition: The Motor Neurone Disease Association have a petition to “Change the law so that everyone with a terminal illness can access the welfare benefits they need quickly and sensitively.” Go to petition

The EHRC want to hear positive stories about workplace adjustments: These may be filmed  to inspire employers who may not know how to support disabled people at work. Find out more

New report shows students ignorant of DSAs when applying for HE: The DfE Evaluation of disabled students’ allowances research report assesses the extent to which DSAs are meeting their objective, which is to reduce barriers to learning that disabled students might experience and looks at the effect of recent changes to DSA funding. Read more

Latest figures show that 94,120 new students with a disability started university in England in 2017/18 – representing 13% of entrants. This is still below the proportion of working-age adults with a disability. Universities Minister Chris Skidmore wants universities to review their offer and provision for disabled students

Setting the record straight: How record employment has changed the UK: This Resolution Foundation report finds that disabled people have accounted for about a third of the increase in employment in the United Kingdom between 2008 and 2018. 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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