Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 27 May 2019

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Disability Rights UK News


Our free newsletter keeps you up to date with the work we do and the work of our members.



We hope you had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the sunshine last week!


Our Training Courses


  • Disability Confidence Training for Managers – there is still space on our next course which will take place on 21st June in central London. This is aimed at professionals looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of supporting disabled staff members.
  • Benefits Overview Training – we now have a date set for our next Benefits Overview Training; it will run on 25th September in central London. The course is aimed at professionals looking to increase or update their knowledge of the benefits system – it is not for individual claimants.
  • Free training workshops for careers advisors - We are running free training workshops for school careers advisers and coordinators, school careers leaders and careers coaches interested in developing their professional understanding of disability and enhancing their skills to support disabled learners with their career choices. This training will also be of value to anyone working with disabled people in a careers, enterprise or employability context.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

- Improved your confidence communicating effectively with disabled young people

- Increased your understanding of disability and equality

- Gained greater understanding of options and support available for disabled young people

- Increased your knowledge of relevant resources

- Improved your confidence planning careers outcomes with disabled young people

Our next two courses will be on 17th July in Southampton and 19th September in Norwich.



Our new handbook has now been printed and is available to purchase! Everything you need to know about benefits and social care. First come, first served. Get yours now!

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





The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says care system for patients with mental ill health, autism and learning disabilities is not fit for purpose: An interim review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the use of restraint, segregation and prolonged seclusion in the health and care sector has concluded that the current system is “not fit for purpose”. They have recommended that the care, safeguarding and discharge plan of every person with learning disabilities or autism held in segregation be examined, as well as that of children detained on mental health wards. Read more

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) condemns Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) adverts as an insult to disabled people: The DWP advertising campaign includes unbranded wraparound advertorials and features that promote Universal Credit, but they are not clearly labelled as paid adverts and advertorial information. The NUJ have said ‘it is a gross injustice and an insult to all disabled people who have shared their stories… for the DWP to dismiss and misrepresent the appalling impact of their damaging system of Universal Credit’. Read more

UK is violating its human rights obligations, finds UN poverty expert: The UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Professor Philip Aston, has concluded that the UK has violated its human rights obligations through sustained and widespread cuts to social support. The report highlights the “shocking” rises in the use of food banks and rough sleeping, falling life expectancy for some, the “decimation” of legal aid, the denial of benefits to profoundly disabled people, falling teachers’ salaries in real terms and the impoverishment of single mothers and people experiencing mental ill health. Read more

Staff at Whorlton Hall, a support unit for people with learning disabilities, have been filmed bragging about assaulting and abusing patients: As Panorama revealed last week, having gone undercover at Whorlton Hall for two months, that patients were threatend, insulted and restrained with unneccesary force. Read more

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls for free social care for over 65s: The report by the IPPR proposes to pay for free social care for over 65s through an increase to national insurance or income tax. The report makes no mention of under 65s who recieve social care, even though this ammounted to 300,000 people between 2017 and 2018. Read more

Universities Minister visits University of Birmingham to take part in roundtable discussion with students with visual impairments: Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation visited the University of Birmingham to hear from students with visual impairments about their experience of university and of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The event jointly hosted by the University of Birmingham’s Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) and Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), was attended by blind and partially sighted students from different universities. The students told Chris Skidmore MP about their experiences of applying to university and accessing DSA in a university context. Read more


Members, projects and partners


Get Yourself Active webinar - our learning so far: Learn more about Get Yourself Active’s research and evaluation from our project partners by signing up to a short webinar on Wednesday 5th June, 2pm-3pm.

Find out more and register here.

The EnABle Fund for Elected Office – 19 applicants to the Fund elected into local government office: The EnAble Fund for Elected Office – administered by Disability Rights UK – is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with being disabled that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. Local government elections took place on Thursday 2nd May in Metropolitan Districts, Shire Districts and Unitary Authorities. Disabled people standing for election in any of these tiers of local government in England, were eligible to apply to the Fund to meet the costs of reasonable adjustments for their campaign. We are delighted to announce that 19 applicants, representing the political spectrum and various local councils across England, were successfully elected. Feedback from many of the applicants, including some that were not elected, is that the Fund – which is provided by the Government Equalities Office – enabled them to participate on a level playing field.

The Fund is intended to cover reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in 2020. Click here for more information.

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.

CQC want to know how to work better with you locally: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to them. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

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



Vacancies and opportunities


Choice in Hackney are recruiting for a Work Experience Coach and an Advocacy Mentor: please click here for more details and find the job packs attached.

Scope are recruiting for a Volunteering Development Coordinator: Scope are recruiting for a Volunteering Development Coordinator based at their office in Stratford, London. The role is a full time, 6 month contract and will involve supporting and managing multiple projects, delivering and improving Scope’s volunteer award schemes, supporting development of training and resources for volunteers and responding to enquiries from potential volunteers.

Scope offers guarenteed interviews for people who identify as disabled and meet the minimum requirements of the role, and is open to adapting the role to a variety of life circumstances. Please click here to find out more and to apply.

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


Get Involved!


Run the London Marathon 2020 for DR UK: Looking for a new challenge? Want to fundriase for DR UK? Help us continue the crucial work that we do by running the London Marathon for us! For more information please contact anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org

Consultation on Changing Places Toilets: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are consulting on their plans to increase the provision of changing places toilets.  Please find the details here. Responses must be submitted by 21st July.

Mastermind are casting for contestants: BBC’s Mastermind is looking for contestants for its next series. Applications are open to all UK residents over 18 and the casting agents are committed to ensuring contestants are as diverse as possible. Please see the flyer attached for more information and email breandam.hth@hattrick.com for an application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 31st May so get applying!

Skills for Care are looking for comments on their draft paper: Skills for Care have written a report on Personal Assistants supporting their employers in hospital and are looking for comments. Please find the report attached. Comments should be sent to paframework@skillsforcare.org.uk by 31st May.





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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