Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 11 March 2019

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DR UK comments on Amber Rudd’s proposals for disability benefits assessments: Commenting on the statement from Amber Rudd about the changes to disability benefits assessments, Ken Butler, benefits policy advisor at Disability Rights UK said: ‘We welcome a more common-sense approach to assessments, including a commitment to not reassessing people who are over pension age. But ‘You can’t merge two badly constructed processes and expect to come up with one fit-for-purpose approach.’ Read more

The announcement came on the same day that the Scottish government announced a new consultation on their proposed Disability Assistance benefits system, which will see the abolition of DLA, AA and PIP – and possibly a fairer assessment sysstem


Members, projects and partners



Trailblazers launch new body image campaign: Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers are encouraging people to share their personal stories and experiences on body image. Read more

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

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.

Tell us about your care: Public satisfaction in the NHS is at it’s lowest level in 11 years, reveals a British Social Attitudes poll this week.  The regulator for the NHS and care services in England – The Care Quality Commission – are keen to learn more of the experiences of people living with a disability or long term health condition through the ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ survey.  You can complete the survey outlining in detail your experiences via this link, or if you would prefer to share your experiences over the telephone, please call 0330 995 0400 and choose Option 1 – Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.

DR UK is now recruiting for the 2019/20 cohort of its flagship Leadership Academy Programme (LAP): 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



We have four runners in this year’s London Marathon: By supporting them you will be supporting the work of Disability Rights UK. The runners and their just giving pages are:

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

Our Into Higher Education 2019 Guide is now available: Into Higher Education is a guide for anyone with a health condition, learning difficulty or disability thinking about studying in higher education starting September 2019.

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



Doubling of the housing benefit bill is sign of something deeply wrong: Article by Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. “In the long run, the solution to these issues can’t come from the housing benefit system itself. The trade-offs are inescapable. It will come from fixing the underlying problems — high rents, high house prices, inadequate social housing. The doubling in the housing benefit bill is merely the very expensive canary in the coalmine.” Read more

DWP are opening some helplines longer: Customers can now call between 8.00am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday for the following helplines:

Calls may be answered more quickly between 8.30am – 9.30am or after 6pm.

The GSI (Government Secure Intranet) network is being phased out across Government: As part of this change, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including the Jobcentre network will remove ‘.gsi’ from their email addresses by 31 March 2019. From 31 March 2019 if you need to contact the DWP by email using an existing DWP email address, you will need to change this from @dwp.gsi.gov.uk to @dwp.gov.uk

National Audit Office (NAO) report on Verify, the government’s flagship identity verification portal: The NAO has found Verify’s performance has consistently been below the standards initially set, and take-up among the public and departments has been much lower than expected. Universal Credit claimants have experienced problems with Verify. Read more

Workers’ rights to be protected in UK law after Brexit: The government has made a commitment not to reduce the standards of workers’ rights from EU laws retained in UK law. New legislation changing those laws will be assessed as to whether they uphold this commitment both now and with regard to future EU legislation. Read press release

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

Stay Safe East jobs: Stay Safe East, a leading user-led agency which supports disabled victims/survivors of domestic abuse and hate crime, is recruiting new staff





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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