Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 7th October 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.


Upcoming Training Courses


DR UK are running a number of training courses in the next few months. They are:

Disability Confidence Training - 20th November

Benefits Overview Training - 13th November

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Training - 12th December

Click on the links to find out more, including how to register. If you have any questions, please contact training@disabilityrightsuk.org


News Roundup



Your Medicines in the event of a No-Deal Brexit: DR UK has met with the department of Health and Social Care with regard to the availability of medicines and medical products should the UK leave the EU with ‘no-deal’ on 31st October.  We have been assured that everything possible is being done including acquiring additional warehouse space for stockpiling and investing in additional transport to ensure supplies. Advice can be found here

Leigh Day Solicitors seeks clients to join a group action compensation claim for loss of disability premiums after moving to Universal Credit: Leigh Day Solicitors are bringing compensation claims for people who have migrated to Universal Credit before 16 January 2019 and have lost their disability premiums (Severe Disability Premium and/or Enhanced Disability Premium). Read more

New DWP and RNIB training partnership to better support Universal Credit claimants with sight loss: All DWP Jobcentre Plus staff are now able to access new training through an online portal which offers information and advice to better support claimants with sight loss. The DWP has worked with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to establish the scheme.The new training looks at the causes of sight loss, barriers faced by those with first-hand experience of visual impairment and the best ways to support those claiming Universal Credit. Read more

Ombudsman upholds two thirds of social care complaints:The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has upheld two thirds of complaints about social care providers in 2018/2019. The Ombudsman can investigate complaints about all adult social care in England and has had the responsibility of investigating complaints about privately funded care, since 2010. In that time, the uphold rate has increased from 43% to 66%. Read more

Ensuring access to justice for vulnerable people will be at the heart of the Government’s Court and Tribunal digital reform programme: The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) has published a report, setting out a blueprint for evaluating the impact of the Government’s £1 billion online courts programme, and for ensuring the needs of all court users. The HMCTS seven-year courts and tribunals reform programme, launched in September 2016, aims to create services that are digital by default and design including digitising paper-based services, moving cases online, court closures, introducing virtual hearings, and centralising customer services. TLEF’s report, by its research director Dr Natalie Byrom, sets out 29 detailed recommendations for how Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS’s) digital processes should be designed or adapted to ensure they capture the data necessary for government and others to evaluate if online courts are disadvantaging some types of users. Read more

Fire it Up Apprenticeship Campaign phase 2 launched by the Department for Education (DfE): The DfE’s apprenticeships campaign ‘Fire It Up’ is once again live. The campaign continues to target broad audiences such as young people, parents etc. but will also focus on those audiences that contribute to widening participation in apprenticeships such as those with learning difficulties or disabilities. The adverts will appear on TV, cinema, out of home poster sites, digital and social media. Find more information here.


New publications on our shop!



We’re delighted to be stocking Ripples from the Edge of Life by Roland Chesters and Crippled by Frances Ryan. For more information about these titles and to order them, visit our shop.


We’re recruiting!


We’re recuriting for a Sales Volunteer: This is a fantastic opportunity to support our work to improve the independence of disabled people. In the past our volunteers have developed good office / clerical experience and used this volunteering opportunity as a platform from which to move into paid employment. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people. Reasonable expenses will be paid. Find out more here


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.


Get Involved!


Have your say! National Rail are undertaking some research in to The Disabled Persons Railcard, in order to improve it for their customers, and they’d love to hear your thoughts. You don’t have to have a Disabled Persons Railcard to feed back. Click here to take the survey.

Level Playing Field National Forum: Level Playing Field‘s inaugural National Forum will be held on Monday 4 November at Stadium MK, home of MK Dons. The National Forum aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders, from fans to Governing Bodies, to look at how they can improve and maximise match days for disabled fans. Find out more, including how to register, here

Sense want to hear from you: Sense is looking into home to school transport for disabled children, as many are missing school as a result of transport problems. They want to hear from you to understand the issue and work towards a solution.

If you have something to tell them, please take part in this survey or share it with someone who does.

Non-consensual touching: Amy Kavanagh, as part of the University of Sussex, is conducting reasearch into disabled women & disabled non-binary people’s experiences of non-consensual touching, harassment, hate crimes and sexual assaults. They are looking to collect as many stories as possible in order to enhance their research. If you have a story to share or would like to find out more, please do so here.

Young Persons Panel – we want your views! We’re creating a panel amongst our younger stakeholders to ensure the voices of young disabled people are heard and included in the work we do. We want to know more about your everyday lives to make sure our work better represents all of us.

We’re asking for disabled people under the age of 25 to join the panel. To begin with the panel will be online. We’ll be asking questions about what issues are most important to you and then building your answers into the research and fundraising proposals that we write. We’ll be sending out quarterly surveys, starting in October.

If you’re under 25 and interested in joining our panel, please complete this short application form.


Members, Projects and Partners



Free webinar – Tips and tools for supporting disabled people in training and work:

Date of webinar: 17 Oct 2019

Aimed at: HR Professionals, Careers Advisors, professionals who work with disabled students and young adults, diversity & Inclusion professionals, disabled jobseekers who are looking for advice around support in the workplace or in education

Workplace diversity has tangible and direct benefits, including making organisations more desirable places to work. Are you looking for ways to help support disabled people and people with additional needs in your workplace? Perhaps you need advice about how to help get on the employment ladder as a disabled person yourself, or you’re a careers advisor looking for guidance.

DR UK & Ability Net want to ensure disabled people are aware of all the tools and resources available to improve their experiences in education, the workplace, and when seeking employment. In this webinar we’ll highlight the benefits of employing a diverse and inclusive workforce, advice for helping disabled people find paid employment and apprenticeships, and how you can make adjustments to better support people with additional needs.

The webinar will last 1 hour and includes a question and answer session. Those who register for the webinar will receive a recording, even if unable to attend live. We use My Clear Text to provide live captions during the webinar.

Register now

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


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