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4 out of 10 PIP claimants do not appeal as it would be too stressful

4 out of 10 PIP claimants do not appeal as it would be too stressful: The DWP has published new quantitative and qualitative research that explores claimants’ experiences of the whole PIP claim process. Disability Rights UK, welfare rights and policy adviser Ken Butler said: “The only way to reduce the number of appeals is for the DWP to make radical changes to the PIP assessment process so that most decisions are made right first time.” Read more

Britain’s housing crisis: slow progress and a radical quick fix

Britain’s housing crisis: slow progress and a radical quick fix:The University of York’s analysis on the state of the UK private rented sector was shocking, finding that one in three homes in England at the lowest rents are classed as non-decent, with children living in unacceptable conditions. We need to focus on innovation and scaling up the solutions that make the sector work better, now. DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick and others offer their solutions

Kamran has also written an article about how he first left home and wonders whether disabled people today are in a position to do the same, given the current shortage of suitable accessible housing.

Government report to UN on our rights is ‘clutching at straws

Government report to UN on our rights is ‘clutching at straws’: Last year the UN looked at the UK’s record in implementing the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

Its conclusions were very critical, so much so that the UK government were asked to respond to some of the criticisms within 12 months.

Their report has now been published.

Disability Rights UK video Equality Act

Equality Act animation:  As part of the Right to Participate project, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, DR UK has created a short animation about the Equality Act http://righttoparticipate.org.

This is a ‘light touch’ introduction to the Act. It’s primarily aimed at disabled people who might not usually think of themselves in those terms or be aware that they’re covered, for example young people, students and people who’ve recently acquired an impairment.

Please watch and share the video as widely as you can.

TransPennine Express climbs down over inaccessible trains:

CQC and Disability Rights UK

As you may know, Disability Rights UK have extended the partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to gather feedback from disabled people about their experience of health services and social care, via CQC’s ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ initiative. The CQC would really like to hear from disabled (and non-disabled) people on their experience of using any of the services they regulate, including GP and dentist surgeries; hospitals; services in the home; etc. A full list of these services can be viewed by clicking here.

We encourage you to tell the CQC about your experience, positive or negative, of any of the services they regulate. This information is used in many ways by CQC, including triggering regulatory visits to services, and feedback can be given anonymously. You can provide feedback online by clicking here (please remember to select Disability Rights UK in the ‘how heard’ section!). You can also provide feedback by telephone or gain further information by contacting Disability Rights UK by telephone on 0330 995 0400.

For further information on the DR UK & CQC Partnership, please click here.

Disability Rights UK working with UNITE Magazine

Disability Rights UK is pleased to announce that we are working in conjunction with UNITE Magazine.

GMB says at least 166,000 in Social Care Debt and more than 1,100 taken to court