Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 3 June 2019

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Spring has most definitely sprung – we hope you had a lovely sunny 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 CEO, Kamran Mallick, was a speaker at this years Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference (ATEC). They have profiled him here, where he speaks about his experiences of using technology and why it is crucial for disabled people to be involved in the design process.



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


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.

New report explores lives of people with enegery impairments: The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, a DRILL-funded research project, has released “Stories of Our Lives”, five case studies written by people with chronic illnesses. This is the first in a series of publications coming from the project in 2019, and demonstrates how managing an energy-limiting impairment requires rethinking inclusion. Available online here.

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





9 out of 10 of Work and Health Programme participants do not obtain a job outcome: A ‘job outcome’ is work of over 16 hours per week for 26 weeks at Living wage or above or having completed six months in self employment. The Work and Health programme replaced the Work Programme and the specialist Work Choice scheme for disabled people, but with a significant cut in funding. Read more

Disabled people asked to help design a social security system of dignity, respect and trust: Disabled people and others with personal experience of claiming benefits are leading a ground-breaking project to devise a new social security system, in which claimants would be treated with dignity, trust and respect. The Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience, will seek ideas from other claimants, organisations and academics, before drawing up their own white paper and putting it out for consultation.They will then launch a campaign to seek public and political approval for their final ideas. Every one of the commissioners who will produce the white paper has been or is on benefits, and all of them represent grassroots, user-led organisations that fight for the rights of benefit claimants and disabled people. Read more

Light touch PIP reviews to be rolled out for disabled people of pension age: From last Friday (31st May), new claimants to PIP whose review would have been scheduled after they had reached State Pension age will receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at 10 years. Read more

More than half of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants in receipt of the mobility component lose out on reassessment of Personal Independent Payment (PIP): Justin Tomlinson, the Minister for Disabled People, has confirmed that of the 1.1 million disabled people reassessed from DLA with a mobility compontent to PIP, 52% had the amount either reduced or stopped. Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Advisor commented ‘the effect of reducing or removing disabled people’s mobility awards – on their independence, health or employment – has never been researched by the DWP. After 5 years of PIP its more than about time that it was’. Read more

Number of physically disabled people affected by homelessness in England increased by more than three quarters during a 10-year period: New government figures have shown that the number of physically disabled people experiencing homelessness has risen by more than three quarters in a 10 year period. This is partly due to a serious lack of accessible housing. Find out more

1 in 7 people abandon their call before getting through to Universal Credit helpline: More than two million callers have given up before getting through to the government’s Universal Credit helpline. More than 500,000 people callers abandoned their call in the first three months of this year. Read more



Vacancies and opportunities


Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF) has set up a Transition Fund for young disabled people: The fund is for scottish young disabled people aged 16-21 and aims to support them as they leave school and children’s services. The fund is capped at £7500 per person and can be put towards anything that will enhance independence and well being (for example, driving lessons, sports equipment, art courses etc). Find out more

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!


Pro Bono Panel want to hear from advice providers: the Pro Bono Panel, on behalf of the Administrative Justice Council, would like to hear from advice providers regarding the ongoing modernisation and digitisation of services including benefit appeals, and the ability of advice organisations to support their service users. Complete their survey here

Media company investigating discrimination at work: A media company that have approached DR UK are in the very early stages of researching a programme about disability discrimination and are interested to speak to someone who is currently experiencing this at work or is going through a tribunal case at the moment. If you would be willing to have a confidential, off the record chat, then do get in touch with DR UK.

Disabled people are being asked to respond to a groudbreaking project to devise a new social security system: Fill out the survey here to ensure that claimants are treated with dignity, trust and respect.

Work for a London based advice provider? Then please fill out this survey

NHS England are now welcoming applications for their Peer Leadership Academy: The academy is a personal development experience for people with lived experience of personalised care. It aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence around Personalised Care, change management and how they can make a practical difference through co-production, so they can play an active role in the personalised care programmes at a national and regional level.

Find our more information on the academy, including how to apply, here. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 19 July 2019.

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.





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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