Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 15 April 2019

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Our next enews will be Monday 29 April 2019. So, in the meantime, a Happy Easter to all our subscribers.



The importance of transport that is accessible to all: A petition has been launched demanding Lothian buses make their new bus fleet accessible for both wheelchair users and parents with prams/buggies. Stephen Brookes MBE, Rail Sector Champion and DR UK ambassador has done a lot of important work in promoting bus accessibility. Stephen says that “we must ensure that, by creating accessibility, it gives rights to everyone rather than endorse exclusion.

MS Society campaigns to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule: The PIP 20 metre rule is failing people with MS. And people are losing their independence as a result. MS Society has a campaign to #ScrapPIP20m. New research shows this is predicted to cost the UK Government £92 million over three years – more than it will have saved by cutting PIP payments and the UK Government are reviewing their spending for the next few years. This is your chance to tell them the 20 metre rule simply doesn’t make sense – for the UK Government or people with MS. Find out more

Disability Rights UK supports this campaign. For many years now, we have opposed the introduction of the 20 metre rule.

ODI looking for unpaid new people for Regional Stakeholder Network: The Office for Disability Issues is seeking people to join the new Regional Stakeholder Network in 9 regional groups across England. Following requests from disabled people’s organisations, the deadline for applying has been extended to 17 April 2019. However, DR UK Deputy CEO Sue Bott, says, “it’s hard to take the government’s stated aim of reducing the disability employment gap seriously when it expects us to work for nothing on government projects.” Read more

Kier Highways becomes Disability Confident Leader: Kier Highways is the first company in the UK construction sector to become a Disability Confident Leader through the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) programme. The programme is designed to increase levels of employment for people with disabilities by raising standards and increasing understanding of disability in the workplace. Kier engaged with Disability Rights UK to support and evaluate their application. Read more


Members, projects and partners



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

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.

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


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

DR UK Training:

  • Free DR UK webinar on UK web accessibility regulations – This is aimed at those in HE and the public sector. The date and time will be 1pm, Weds 1 May 2019. New websites must conform to these regulations by 23 June 2021 and existing websites by 23 September 2020.
  • 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



Baywatch Campaign: Disabled Motoring UK’s Baywatch campaign researches the level of disabled parking abuse at supermarkets, by asking disabled motorists to survey their local supermarket car park – asking how many disabled bays are provided, how many cars are parked in them without a Blue Badge and what the supermarket or parking operator does about this. Find out more

Health and Care Professions Council vacancies: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals whose aim is to protect the public. To do this, they keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health. They are seeking to appoint three registrant members of the Council. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 20 May 2019 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 June 2019. To find out more see the attachment with this e-news.

Contribute to Westminster Hall Debate on the Work Capability Assessment: Laura Pidcock MP has secured a Westminster Hall Debate (Wednesday 24 April) on the WCA – “Ten years of the work capability assessment in relation to employment support allowance and universal credit”. Your views are wanted by Wednesday 17 April 2019. Find out more

MPs launch inquiry into bereavement benefits: The Work and Pensions Committee has opened up a follow-up inquiry into “profound injustice” in bereavement benefits. The Committee would like to hear your views on several questions related to this. You can respond as an individual, a group or an organisation. You can answer any or all of the questions – Deadline is Friday 17 May. Find out more

Joint inquiry into Northern Ireland’s welfare policy: The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee have launched a joint inquiry to examine the impact of welfare policy in NI, with a focus on policies such as Universal Credit and the two-child limit. Closes Friday 24 May 2019. Find out more

NHS England confirms funding for major national programme: NHS England says funding for the Transforming Care programme has been extended for a further year. This comes following news of their failure to hit national targets for closing specialist learning disability inpatient beds. However, the national commissioner would not set out details of the new funding. Read more

Survey for everyone with lived experience of a personal health budget: NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run this survey, closing 14 May 2019 to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets. The findings will be used to improve the support for budget holders and applicants in England. Could all organisations working with people with PHBs please share the link widely, using the hashtag #NHSPHB or tagging @NHSPHB, to make sure everyone’s views are represented. Read more

New Personal Independence Payment Case Law Pack: This publication will be one of the most comprehensive text books on the Personal Independence Payment regulations and case law. Order your advance copy





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