Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 18 March 2019

Disability Rights UK news


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DR UK response to access to justice reforms: The Justice Committee launched an inquiry into the access to justice implications of the programme of reforms underway in Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), including the increasing use of digital and video technology and the closures of courts and tribunal hearing centres. Read our response. HM Courts & Tribunals Service is extending its reform programme. Subject to cross-government approval the proposed finish date of the programme will be a year later, in 2023.

See also our latest posted benefit appeal summaries

Our response to the Spring Statement: Not much in it and not too much to say. Read more

Brexit and disabled people: As parliament votes not to accept a no-deal (described as akin to the Titanic voting for the iceberg to move out of the way) rejects a second referendum but does vote for a small extension to the Brexit date under Article 50, just a reminder of a few resources we have for those not sick of hearing the ‘B’ word.


Members, projects and partners



Tell us about your care: There is so much for a disabled person to think of when visiting their GP or hospital – the parking situation, will the receptionist understand my request, what if I need to change my appointment?  The regulator for care and the NHS in England is The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and they’re asking disabled people, those living with a long-term health condition, and their families to share their experiences through the Tell Us About Your Care survey.  You can help shape the plans for the NHS by completing the survey so that the CQC will be better able to understand the needs of disabled people.  If you’re not able to complete the survey online and would like to call us to do it on your behalf, please call Monday-Friday (afternoons are usually quieter) on 0330 995 0400, choose Option 1 and quote; ‘CQC’ when your call is answered.

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.

Exploring the potential of Disabled people as Foster Carers: Shaping Our Lives and the University of Worcester are working together to research why there are not more Disabled people as foster carers and what can be done about this. They are holding an event in Southampton on Tuesday 16th April as part of DRILL project Mutual benefits: The Potential of disabled people as foster carers

What do you want from dental services? Shaping Our Lives are looking for Disabled people to take part in a focus group about dental services. In particular we want to hear from disabled people who need more support to go to the dentist. London, Wednesday 10th April 2019, 2pm to 4.30pm. Find out more

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

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



The Disability Price Tag: Scope’s updated research for 2019, reveals the extra costs faced by disabled people and families with disabled children. It offers four possible solutions. Read more

New champions to fight for rights of disabled consumers: Five new disability champions have been appointed by the government to ensure businesses are not forgetting about their disabled customers. Read more

The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey. The Business Disability Forum, advises people managers and departmental leaders every day on adjustments policies and related employee caseloads. Their Workplace Adjustments Survey aims to grasp a picture of how both employees and managers across the UK feel about workplace adjustments, how effective they are, and how far everyone who needs adjustments actually have them in place. The survey closes on 8th April 2019. You can complete the survey here

Benefit changes and loneliness behind the growing deficit of mental health care: Over half (59 per cent) of NHS mental health trusts took part in the survey featured in the NHS Providers report, which identifies widespread concerns about growing social and economic hardship in their communities – in particular the impact of benefits cuts and the roll out of universal credit – adding to pressures on NHS mental health services. Read more

Universal Credit pilot to launch in North Yorkshire: The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced that benefit claimants in Harrogate will be the first to move from old style benefits to Universal Credit. Read more

Natspec event: Using RARPA in post-16 SEND provision. 9 May 10:00 am – 4:00 pm BVSC, Birmingham, B5 6DR. Find out more

VCSEs: a bidder’s guide to working with government: The Crown Representative for VCSEs has commissioned this guidance for VCSEs looking to work with central and local government. 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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