Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 28th October 2019

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Upcoming Training Courses



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

Disability Confidence Training - 20th November 2019

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Training - 12th December 2019

Benefits Overview Course - 21st January 2020

Disability and Carer’s Benefits Course - 26th February 2020

Preparing for a Court Tribunal Course - 23rd April 2020

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


Disability Rights Handbook – Special Offer



DR UK is pleased to announce we are selling all remaining copies of our 2019/20 Handbook at the special reduced price of £17.00 (list price £35.00).

Keeping up with the benefit rules is crucial! Universal Credit has now been rolled out across the UK.

The 2019/20 edition includes: · Benefits for people living with health conditions, injury or disability and for carers, children and young people · How the system works, how to claim and how to challenge a decision · Support for people in education or work, not in work, looking for work or in retirement · Getting and paying for care and support services

Visit the Disability Rights UK shop to buy your copy now – while stocks last.

Proceeds will help us research future versions and continue to produce our free public factsheets.


News Roundup



DR UK welcomes NAO investigation of suicide monitoring of welfare benefit claimants: The National Audit Office (NAO) is to investigate the Government’s monitoring of suicides among benefit claimants amid concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health. The watchdog said it would call on the DWP to reveal what information it held on the issue, after Ministers refused to provide an MP with figures on the number of people in the welfare system who had taken their own lives. It comes as DPOs like DR UK and disability charities raise concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health among claimants, with an increasing number of self-inflicted deaths being associated with financial difficulties stemming from cuts to support. Read more


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


Get Involved!


Celebrating Disability History Month: UNISON’s Disability Equality in the Workplace Report Launch and Reception:

Date: Tuesday 19 November, 6-8pm

Location: UNISON Centre, 120 Euston Road, NW1 2AY

UNISON are launching a Disability Equality in the Workplace Report on Tuesday, 19 November from 6-8pm at their headquarters in central London. The evening will feature a discussion of the areas where disabled employees are not receiving the support they need in the workplace, and the launch of UNISON’s asks of parliamentarians to ensure disabled people’s rights at work are implemented in practice. Specifically, they are calling for more action to ensure that disabled employees are offered reasonable adjustments, and receive those adjustments in a reasonable timeframe. They are also asking for parliamentarians to make a stand for strengthening the provision and enforcement of disability leave. There will be a short Q&A panel discussion  to discuss the report’s findings in more detail. To RSVP, email Natasha Brewis on n.brewis@connectpa.co.uk.

Euan’s Guide 2019 Access Survey: Euan’s Guide have launched their 2019 Access Survey and will be collecting responses until late December. The survey is an important resource for showing people’s perceptions of disabled access across the UK. The survey is open to disabled people, their family and friends as well as individuals who work closely with disabled people such as carers or healthcare professionals. To take the survey, click here.

Defra is recuriting for 4 new board members for Natural England: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are recuriting for 4 new board members for Natural England. As a non-Ministerial Government department, Natural England is the Government’s advisor for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. The Natural England Board provides leadership and strategic vision, and ensures good governance. The closing date for applications is 14 November 2019 at 12:00. Find out more information here.

Help develop the NICE guideline on Social work for adults with complex needs: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support.They are currently looking for adults with complex needs, their unpaid carers and advocates  to join the committee developing a guideline on Social work for adults with complex needs. Recruitment is open until 5pm Monday 18 November 2019. For more information, including how to apply, click here.

Inclusion London are running a dockless bike campaign: Dockless bikes that are parked on pavements can cause dangerous obstructions, particularly for people with visual or mobility impairments. Inclusion London are running a social media campaign on the issue – if you come across a dockless bike causing an obstruction, take a photo and tag @InclusionLondon on twitter.

Dr. Chris Whitaker, a disabled person living in Cambridgeshire, wants to hear your story about applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Chris wants to hear from disabled people who have applied for PIP, but is also interested in the experiences of other people who have been involved with PIP, including advisors, supporters and assessors. If you have a story to tell about PIP, good, bad or both, submit it here. Chris has already collected over 500 stories and our researcher, Evan Odell, will be helping him analyse the stories and identify themes. Chris is on twitter @christheowl.


Members, Projects and Partners



East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone are recruiting for a Programme Manager: The East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone is a collaborative project, bringing together UCL with partners including ourselves, Plexal, Here East, Ford Mobility, Loughborough University London, the London College of Fashion, the London Legacy Development Corporation, Barclays Eagle Labs, Hackney Council and the Greater London Authority. Working closely with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, as well as UCL Innovation & Enterprise’s Business & Innovation Partnerships team, the role holder will be key to developing a community of businesses that are empowered by inclusive innovation, supporting the impact of this unique project in East London and contributing to its’ long-term sustainability and success beyond the period of funding provided by Research England. Find out more and apply

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.


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