Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 4 March 2019

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Your Right to Participate: We have set up a Right to Participate website, which has videos, animations, information and resources to help you find out more about the Equality Act and how to fight discrimination.

DR UK endorses the NICE quality standard: This covers people’s experience using adult social care services. It applies to all settings where people use social care services, including people’s own homes, residential care and community settings. Its aim is to help people understand what care they can expect and to improve their experience by supporting them to make decisions about their care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. Find out more

Government to extend personal health budgets to 200,000 by 2024: DR UK are delighted that wheelchair users will have a legal right to a personal budget to obtain a wheelchair from the NHS – in the past many disabled people have felt frustrated by not being able to obtain a wheelchair suitable for their lifestyle. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Disabled people taking a lead in the changing landscape of health, wellbeing and personalised care: This free event will discuss new evidence about how to create the best outcomes for disabled people through physical activity – 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Monday, 25 March 2019 at Plexal (see below). Find out more

CQC says speak up about your care – it makes a difference: Disability Rights UK is working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of the ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership. Tell DR UK about your care experiences

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

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

Sales volunteer wanted: We are looking for a volunteer to join our sales team and learn the various aspects of a busy sales department. Find out more

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

DR UK Training:

  • Disability Confidence Training – 10am – 4pm Tuesday 9 April 2019, in London. The course is designed for line managers, HR professionals and other interested individuals.
  • Benefits Overview Courses – DR UK runs Benefits Overview Courses aimed at professionals who work in advice or advocacy who need to know more about – or need a refresher on – changes to welfare benefits and social security. Our next courses are on 17th April and 12th June 2019.


Other news



Equality and Diversity Forum relaunched: Their new name is Equally Ours. Through its members and networks, Equally Ours joins up research, policy and communications to shift public opinion and policy in positive and powerful ways. DR UK has previously done campaign work with the original Forum. https://www.equallyours.org.uk/

New cross-party group launched to tackle care crisis: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care (APPG Social Care) is a cross-party group of MPs who have come together to look at the care system, funding and state of staffing in the sector. The group is sponsored by GMB Union, while its first inquiry will be sponsored by care provider HC-One

Consultation on NHS Long Term Plan law changes: NHS England are inviting patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give their views on potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS, with a view to implementing the NHS Long Term Plan. Closes 25 Apr 2019. Find out more

16 to 19 Discretionary Bursary fund allocation consultation: The Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency want your views on proposals to improve the match between discretionary bursary allocations and the needs of financially disadvantaged students. Closes 23 May 2019. Go to consultation

Independent Case Examiner finds DWP culpable in the case of Jodey Whiting: Jodey Whiting killed herself after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suspended her benefit because she missed a work capability assessment. The DWP has been ordered to apologise and pay £10,000 compensation. The DWP said it accepted the findings. Read more

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill to receive Royal Assent: This legislation applies only to England. Adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically opted out. Link to Bill

Discover the latest in accessible transport: Access All Areas, London’s largest accessible transport event, is coming to ExCeL London on 19 March. Read more

Update on the future of DWP jobcentres: DWP confirms that some smaller jobcentres will merge with larger ones, and others will be co-located within local government premises. See list

Channel 4/4Talent sales apprentice opportunities: Channel 4 have three apprenticeship opportunities available within their sales teams in London & Manchester. They offer an 18 month paid contract, and a brilliant qualification alongside it. Applications close 22 March. Find out 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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