Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 9th September 2019

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

If you’re a member organisation and wish to submit an article for consideration, email members@disabilityrightsuk.org.


DR UK are recruiting for trainers!



DR UK is the go to disability training organisation for the public and private sector. In the past 12 months, we have worked with Adidas, the Financial Times, Lloyds Pharmacy, National Express, Premier Inn and National Grid, among many others.

DR UK is looking for freelance trainers to support our training and consultancy work. Trainers will primarily be delivering Disability Confidence training, but there will be opportunities for further training and consultancy depending on skill set and demand. Please note that all of our trainers must have lived experience of disability.

Interested parties will be invited to a half day recruitment session, where we’ll be assessing:

-   compatibility with DR UK’s values and mission

-   delivery style

-   ability to respond to feedback

Successful trainers will then be invited to a half day induction, delivered by one of DR UK’s longest standing trainers.

Unfortunately we cannot provide reimbursement for either of these sessions.

If you would like to apply to become one of DR UK’s trainers, please confirm that you have lived experience of disability and send your CV to anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org


‘On Being Able to Walk Twenty Metres: The Introduction of Personal Independence Payments’



Having been inundated with requests for Peter Alldridge’s article ‘On Being Able to Walk Twenty Metres: The Introduction of Personal Independence Payments’, the publishers of the article have decided to make it public until the end of the year. Read it here


News roundup



Extra DWP funding announced by the Chancellor is woefully inadequate says DR UK: As part of Spending Round 2019, the Chancellor has announced £36 million extra funding for the DWP and an extra £40 million funding for discretionary housing payments in the private rented sector in England and Wales. Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Advisor, has said: “DR UK welcomes extra Jobcentre advisor support in schools for young people with special educational needs and the extension of Access to Work to internships for disabled people. However, overall the extra funding for the DWP is woefully inadequate. Only [last week], new research was published highlighting that nearly half of disabled people hit by the benefits freeze have gone without essentials such as food and toiletries. Other changes to the welfare system over the past ten years have left disabled adults four times worse off financially than non-disabled adults. Radical reform to the benefits system for disabled people is urgently needed’. Read more

Care and Support Alliance responds to spending review: On 4 September 2019, the Chancellor announced funding for social care in the spending review. The main commitment is an extra £1 billion in 2020/2021 for adults and children’s services, with another £500 million via council tax precept. The Care and Support Alliance has said that the new funding will not address any of the challenges in the social care sector, and only buys a short amount of time. Read their response, as well as a comment from DR UK’s Sue Bott, here.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launches new Legal Support Project for Transport: The project will assist individuals who have experienced discrimination while using, or attempting to use, public transport to pursue legal claims in circumstances where they might not otherwise be able to access legal support. Help will be available to fund a solicitor or barrister either where they are already representing an individual or to fund referring an individual to a solicitor for advice and representation. However, Disability Champion for Rail Sector, Stephen Brookes has said: “Legal recourse should be a final ‘all else has failed’ step. The worry is that this approach will be used by many to end up very quickly in a court case scenario, which becomes a single agenda matter, for example, ‘Smith’ vs. rail company. We wish to get to the point of companies and the industry seeing the wider picture and sorting out the policy and procedure for all disabled and older people”

Nearly half of disabled people hit by the benefits freeze can’t afford essential bills: New research from Citizens Advice shows that nearly half of disabled people hit by the benefits freeze (44%) have gone without essentials such as food and toiletries. From April 2016 there has be no increase in benefit rates ‘for people of working age’. This affects JSA, ESA, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Universal Credit, Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits and Child Benefit. Read more


Get Involved


Join NHS Patient and Public Voices Forum: The NHS Cancer Programme exists to improve early diagnosis, survival, quality of life and patient experience for people with cancer across England. The Patient and Public Voices forum allows the NHS Cancer Programme to be shaped by patient, carer and family perspectives. They are looking for people across England who are passionate about NHS and can spare a few days a year to help transform cancer services. For an information pack and details on how to apply please contact Kaz Obuka on kalu.obuka1@nhs.net.

The Department for Education’s Apprenticeships Campagin ‘Fire it Up!’ is Live: Find out more about becoming or employing an apprentice, as well as general information about apprenticeships, here

Government Consultation on Measures to Reduce Health Related Job Loss: Each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks. Offering flexibility, early support and occupational health advice are the key to successful retention in the workplace. Many employers already see the case to invest in health and wellbeing. But some, particularly smaller ones, might not have the knowledge or time to support their employees with health conditions, even when they want to. The Government’s consultation seeks to address this challenge.

You can help shape future plans in this exciting area by accessing the consultation via this link, which will be open until 7th October 2019. Your views will be invaluable in helping Government to understand the implications of any reforms and how any potential changes can be best implemented in the future. This will be vital in ensuring Government provides employers and employees with the most effective support going forward.


Members, projects and partners



Get Yourself Active has been awarded new funding to promote physical activity amongst disabled people: Disability Rights UK has secured £604,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to continue its work increasing the participation of disabled people in exercise, physical activity and sport. Over the next three years the funding will:

- Increase the skills and knowledge around physical activity of the health and social care workforce and put in place new approaches to tackling inactivity

- Enable Disabled People’s User Led Organisations to work with the sport sector to create approaches and practices that improve provision for disabled people

- Build the capacity of user led organisations to support local disabled people to take part in physical activity.

Read the full update here

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.

Business Champions: DR UK are looking for Business Champions! Our champions will help us increase our impact in the business sector and provide us with feedback on ways we can better work with businesses. We are looking for those with an active interest in disability and a good level of experience in the corporate and/or public sector. If you are committed to creating a more equal society for disabled people, please do get in touch at anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org

New publication launched: In collaboration with the Gatsby Education and the Careers and Enterprise Company we’ve launched “Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector”. It is available to read online or download 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.


Support our work by giving a monthly amount



DR UK is launching a campaign to create 50 key supporters who each give £20 per month. In this way we can build up a fighting fund to underpin all our core work supporting disadvantaged disabled people, for which we receive no government funding.

Whatever the amount, direct debit is the single most helpful and efficient way you can support our work:

-  £3.00 per month can provide a disabled person with life changing advice and guidance

- £10.00 will fund updating a DR UK factsheet to help thousands of disabled people get the support they need

- £20.00 per month can fund our policy team to influence the protection or extension of a key right in the daily lives of millions

Please sign up to give a regular monthly amount here.


Training and Consultancy



Benefits Overview Training: Sign up now! Our September course is already full and next availability is for 13th November. This course is for professionals looking to increase or update their knowledge of the benefits system – it is not for individual claimants.

Disability Confidence Training: if you are a manager wanting to increase your awareness and knowledge of supporting disabled colleagues – as members of staff, volunteers or young people on work experience then this course is for you. The next course will run on 9th September in central London.

Corporate Partnership Offer: we have recently revamped our corporate partnership offer so that it is both useful and cost effective for businesses of all sizes. Working in partnership with us is the best way to create a truly inclusive organisation. To find out more please contact anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org

Reviewing your organisation’s factsheets: as part of its training and consultancy service, DR UK can check and update your organisation’s factsheets and benefits guides. We already do this for a number of health charities. To discuss your needs please contact anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org


Publications and factsheets



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! If you’re an organisation, we can offer discounts for orders of 5 copies or more, email steve.newsham@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

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





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

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0330 995 0400


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