Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 1 April 2019

Disability Rights UK news


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NAO Supporting disabled people to work report: A new National Audit Office report finds the DWP has no real strategy for helping disabled people into work. Disability Rights UK says “The narrative needs to change from focusing on reducing the benefits bill and punishment through sanctions to supporting disabled people to use our skills to reach our full potential and take our place as equal citizens in society.” Read more

Philip Connolly looks back on five years at DR UK and says goodbye: In this, his final blog for Disability Rights UK, our policy manager Philip Connolly talks about some of his achievements and discusses a future where disabled people cooperate, create and disrupt. Read his full blog

BPS signs consensus statement calling for removal of benefit sanctions: The British Psychological Society has joined eight other leading mental health organisations in calling for the removal of benefit sanctions for people with mental health difficulties. Disability Rights UK says “We want a system that genuinely supports the many disabled people who want to work to keep their job when they become disabled  – and, for those out of work, to get into work, or set up their own business, with the tailored and flexible support they need to do so.” Read more

Charities and organisations say adult social care is at breaking point: Joint letter on adult social care, signed by the Care and Support Alliance, of which (DR UK is a member. Read more


Members, projects and partners



Tell us about your care: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are 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 also call us to complete the survey on your behalf – 0330 995 0400 (afternoons are quietest), choose Option 1 and quote; ‘CQC’ when your call is answered.

Sports sector ‘needs to do more’ to get disabled people active: New research, from our Get Yourself Active Project shows that the sector could play a key role in getting disabled more active – but that it needs to improve awareness and access to facilities and services. Read 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. 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. Find out more

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 factsheet on Funding further education for disabled students has been updated

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



Shaping Our Lives A Refuge for All Project and Findings Report: A Refuge for All is a project led by disabled women with experience of violence and abuse. This Findings Report and the Best Practice Toolkit provide a user-led approach to improving access for disabled women for service providers who want to achieve a high standard of service delivery for disabled women. Read more

Pathways from poverty: The future of the DWP: This new Demos report sets out how institutions beyond the DWP could deliver employment support to ill and disabled people. It makes seven recommendations. Read more

Capita assessor lied about woman’s thoughts of suicide: A disabled woman who repeatedly spoke about her thoughts of suicide during an assessment had her disability benefits removed after the assessor lied to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about what she had heard, a recording shows. Read more

Barnet council set to force disabled people into residential care to cut costs: Disabled people are to be forced into residential homes against their will by a Conservative council’s new cost-cutting adult social care policy, campaigners have warned. 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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