Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 18 February 2019

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Universal credit reforms will not end food bank use: After previous Ministerial denials of any connection, the Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has agreed that the rollout of universal credit has led to an increase in food bank use. Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Officer said: “While it is welcome that the Government has finally acknowledged that universal credit is linked to food bank use, it is far from the case that recent reforms can solve this.” Read more

Government responds to committee report on sanctions: No respite for “victims” of counter-productive sanctions regime says Work and Pensions Committee. Disability Rights UK says “We continue to strongly support the conclusions of the Work and Pensions Committee report that found that there is no evidence sanctions work and that they are “harmful and counterproductive.” Read more

Access to Work cap goes up to £59,200 in April: DR UK says at long last DWP are recognising that BSL interpreters are skilled professionals and deserve to be remunerated accordingly. Read more

DR UK response to the Welfare Safety Net Inquiry: The Work and Pensions Committee conducted an inquiry into the current state of the UK’s welfare safety net, prompted by the evidence of debt, hunger and homelessness it has heard across several recent inquiries. Read our response


Members, projects and partners



DR UK is now recruiting for the 2019/20 cohort of its flagship Leadership Academy Programme (LAP): LAP is an established leadership training for employees with lived experience of disability. 80% of our delegates have gone on to achieve new promotion opportunities, joined committees or disability networks and seen an increase in their confidence, motivation and self-belief. Find out more

Get Yourself Active Event: Get Yourself Active invites you to its event ‘Disabled people taking a lead in the changing landscape of health, wellbeing and personalised care: a new approach to promoting physical activity’. This event will discuss new evidence about how to create the best outcomes for disabled people through physical activity. Our expert panel will discuss a variety of themes including disabled people led approaches to improving health and wellbeing; knowledge transfer to disabled people to increase demand for physical activity; working through social care and health professionals to deliver this knowledge and what all of this means for personalised care.  Key speakers include James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care Group at NHS England and Mike Diaper, OBE, Executive Director of Children and Young People, Tackling Inactivity at Sport England. Find out more and register here

Do you feel that the NHS doesn’t really understand your needs?  The regulator for care and the NHS in England is The Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are seeking disabled people, those living with long term health conditions and the families who care for them to complete their survey to help them understand what needs to be improved. You can complete the Tell Us About Your Care survey via this link. If you would like to speak with us and we complete the survey for you, please call us on 0330 995 0400, choose Option1 and quote ‘CQC’ – our quietest times are between 10am and 5pm. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of NHS and care services with disabled peoples’ needs at the centre of future policy.

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



Imprisonment for non-payment  of council tax: From 1 April you can’t be imprisoned for non-payment of council tax in Wales. Of course you can still be put in jail if you live in England. See SI 2019/220 (W.50)

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

Adult Social Care Funding (England): This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. Read more

MPs call for Motability finance reforms: The Treasury and Work and Pensions Committees demand Motability governors “stop making excuses” and provide full evidence to the committees and obey the NAO’s calls for financial management reforms. 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

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