Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 11 February 2019

Disability Rights UK news


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Social care sector unites in condemning Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill: Disability Rights UK has joined with over 100 social care sector organisations in signing an open letter to the Minister of State for Social Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Lords), Baroness Blackwood seeking clarification and change on concerning aspects of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. All firmly believe that the Bill will adversely affect the rights of people who rely on care and support services. Read more

Switching Focus – Whose responsibility to improve disabled people’s employment and pay: This report by Liz Sayce, ex CEO of DR UK, presents a set of proposals that together could make the most difference to disabled people’s employment and pay and on which people could unite. Read report


Members, projects and partners



Our Right to Participate Project: Disability Rights UK is fundraising to take forward its Right to Participate project including:

  • Promoting our resources to people who’ve experienced discrimination
  • Encouraging more disabled people to share their stories
  • Taking forward possible legal test cases, working with law firms and the EHRC.

To find out more and make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/rtp

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office: Thisis intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The Fund is administered by Disability Rights UK.For more information, go to www.disabilityrightsuk.org/enablefund


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Our new handbook is available for pre-order! Everything you need to know about benefits and social care. First come, first served. Pre-order now

Factsheets, Guides and Information: For information on welfare rights, education issues and social care see our factsheets/guides here

DR UK Training:


Other news



Disability-themed emojis to be released later this year: Icons showing hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and guide dogs are among the latest set of approved images from the Unicode Consortium, the body which maintains and regulates the library of characters. Read more, including the reaction of disabled people

MSc – Disability, Design and Innovation: This MSc blends design engineering with global policy and the societal context of disability giving students a unique multidisciplinary insight and the skills to be innovators in the field of global disability. Find out more

Calling all organisations who support disabled people to employ personal assistants: Opportunity for charities to become authorised advisors to EU citizens applying to settle in the UK. Find out more

50,000 die since Green Paper announced: More than 50,000 older people have now died waiting in vain for care during the 700 days since the Government first said it would publish a Care Green Paper, according to Age UK. In addition, during the same 700 day period, 1,263,844 older people have developed an unmet need, such as being able to wash or dress. This is 1,805 developing an unmet need every day. Read more

DBC survey: The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) Universal Credit survey is to help the DBC find out more about the experiences of disabled people and people with long term health conditions, who claim Universal Credit. It closes end of February. Read more

DWP doesn’t know which people can’t claim Universal Credit online: This fact was conveyed, by the DWP, in its response to a freedom of information request made by HuffPost UK

One in two people Citizens Advice helps with Universal Credit struggle to pay for housing as they wait for payment: Citizens Advice is calling on the government to make Universal Credit far more flexible to fit around people’s lives and to make sure people have enough money to live on. It also wants Alternative Payment Arrangements to be more widely available. Read Managing Money on Universal Credit





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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