Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 27th January 2020

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Upcoming Training Courses



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

Disability Confidence Training - 11th February 2020

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

Into Apprenticeships and Training: Why employing disabled young people will benefit employers - 27th 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.


News Roundup



Boost for hospital Changing Places

The Government has committed to giving half a million pounds to expand the number of Changing Places in hospitals across the UK.

The initial funds will enable 15 new Changing Places to be built. Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Care has said a further £1.5 million will be available to bid for, and has called for new build hospitals to have Changing Places built into them. 40 new hospitals are planned. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/boost-hospital-changing-places

DRUK appoints Fazilet Hadi as Interim Head of Policy and Research

Fazilet Hadi has joined Disability Rights UK as Interim Head of Policy and Research. Fazilet was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer at RNIB and is a Non-Executive Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

Sue Bott has been seconded as Programme Manager by The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) project.

DRILL was established by Disability Action NI in partnership with Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland and has funded 35 projects over the past five years and is due to conclude in August 2020. http://www.drilluk.org.uk/pilot-projects/

DRUK Chief Executive Kamran Mallick said: “Sue has always been a major champion of the DRILL project and we are delighted that she is able to bring its projects to their successful conclusions over the coming months. Equally, we are pleased to welcome Fazilet and her decades of wisdom and experience in the disability sector to this important role at DRUK.”

Disabled man starved to death after DWP wrongly stopped his benefits

A disabled man starved to death after the DWP wrongly stopped his out-of-work benefits, leaving him without any income, the Disability News Service has reported.

Errol Graham weighed just four-and-a-half stone when his body was found by bailiffs who had knocked down his front door to evict him. He had just a couple of out-of-date tins of fish left in his flat.

DWP civil servants had failed to seek further medical evidence from his GP, just as in many other tragic cases that have sparked repeated calls for an independent inquiry into links between the deaths of claimants and the actions and failings of the DWP. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/disabled-man-starved-death-after-dwp-wrongly-stopped-his-benefits

PIP Fails – new MS Society report

A new research report by the MS Society shows that more than half of people with MS surveyed didn’t feel their PIP assessor understood their MS.

Too often, the research finds, PIP assessors make inaccurate decisions based on ‘informal observations’ (the way people look or act during their assessment).

67% of people with MS whose assessment included these said they didn’t reflect how MS affects them.

In addition, 83% of people with MS who appeal their PIP decision after moving from DLA win their case at tribunal shows how inappropriate assessments continue to be for people with MS. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/pip-fails-%E2%80%93-new-ms-society-report

More than half of all new PIP claims in Scotland refused

More than half of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) in Scotland are refused, according to a Scottish Government report on the impact of UK Government welfare reforms on disabled people.

In a new report, the Scottish Government highlights the impact that UK Government changes to welfare policies have had on disability benefit claimants.

Key findings include:

•  Since the UK Government replaced DLA with PIP in 2013, 167,000 new claims in Scotland have been unsuccessful, 54% of all applications

•  The share of claimants awarded PIP after a new claim has decreased since the benefit was introduced, from 74% in 2013/2014 to 56% in 2018/2019

•  39,000 people in Scotland have lost their DLA entitlement when they were reassessed and then did not qualify for PIP (25% of all those reassessed).

More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/more-half-all-new-pip-claims-scotland-refused


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.


Get Involved!


Scope seeks runners’ opinions

The disability equality charity Scope is developing a new, inclusive running event. It is looking for people to share their views via a survey to help it to shape the event. It is keen to hear from disabled people of varying activity levels, as well as non-disabled people who have a connection to disability. Respondents will be compensated for their time. If you’re interested in finding out more please email heather.wilson@scope.org.uk.

Midlands creatives development opportunity

New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. Rural Media is looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive, to develop their original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. They will provide training to people based in the Midlands and give them the skills you need to bring your idea to life and get it seen by audiences. More here: https://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/NewCreatives

Accessible football futures

Plexal in East London is hosting an event on 28 January around shaping the future of football so that it can be more accessible. Details here: http://www.getyourselfactive.org/stories/join-this-event-and-help-to-shape-the-future-of-accessible-football/

Managing Disability in the Workplace event

DRUK is delighted to be partnering with Dods Diversity and Inclusion for its Managing Disability in the Workplace event in London on 10 March 2020. Visit the Dods Diversity website for details and to register.




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