Disability Rights

Government rejects default sending of ESA and PIP medical reports

Commenting on the government’s response to the select committee report on disability benefit assessments, Philip Connolly, Policy Manager at Disability Rights UK said that sending reports would have helped disabled people understand more in relation to their benefit claims and that the Government should consider the option of returning the assessment process in house (Scotland intends to allow claimants to opt out of private assessors).

PIP and ESA are not well-designed benefits, and fail to meet the needs of many disabled people.

Changes to the assessment process for the better are welcome, but there are wider issues which need to be addressed. Read more

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Disability Rights UK opposes driver only operation on trains

“Disability Rights UK is in full support of the rally to oppose driver only operation on trains.

“We believe driver only operated trains are detrimental to the interests of disabled people who rely on staff support to be able to travel safely and comfortably.

“We know of disabled people who have been unable to travel because of driver only operation and we fear there will be many more if this policy is pursued.  Furthermore we believe this policy runs counter to equality legislation and will set back the ability of disabled people to travel by years.

“Equality is more important that increasing profits for the train operating companies.”

Call for more retailers to become Disability Confident

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, is encouraging more retailers to realise the benefits of employing disabled people as the government launches a new campaign to get retailers to sign up to its trail-blazing Disability Confident scheme.

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About Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme, launched in November 2016, provides employers with the skills, examples and confidence they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees.

The scheme was developed with employers, disability charities, and disabled people.

Find out more  – disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk

Via Disability Rights UK

Genuine Radar Keys and Fuss Free Phones

The Disabilities Rights UK shop stocks the Genuine Radar Key to people who require the use of toilet facilities due to their disability or health condition. You can buy it VAT free if the key is for your own domestic or personal use. Visit the shop

Fuss Free Phones: Many people have difficulty using a mobile phone or need help to use some of the features. Fuss Free Phones supply easy to use mobiles, and a 24 hour telephone service that helps you make phone calls to people you need to speak to – friends, family, your doctor – and block nuisance calls.  Find out more

Disabilities Rights UK – updated factsheets

Free guides and factsheets: These provide basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues for claimants and advisers. See the full range

The following student factsheets have been updated:

Disability Rights Handbook out now

Changing Places – Accessible bathrooms

This year the Cumbria Neurological Alliance has made the lack of Changing Places one of its priorities.

Please check out the website http://www.changing-places.org/

Changing Places

Changing places, changing lives – Sometimes you just need to change one thing to open up a world of possibility… 

Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.

Changing places provision in Cumbria is disgracefully limited.  We want to work with hotels and motorway service stations to improve this situation.  It can be done – see this project:

A number of guests with higher level accessibility needs had been visiting Marwell Wildlife, but they weren’t staying, because the attraction didn’t have the facilities they required. Read more about how adding a ‘Changing Places’ accessible bathroom has made all the difference to Marwell Wildlife (PDF, 6.86MB) disabled visitors and their business.

https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/plan/guests-with-disabilities

 

Fuss Free Phones

Disability Rights UK partners with Fuss Free Phones to offer exclusive package for people who have difficulty in using a mobile phone:

Fuss Free Phones supply easy-use mobiles, and a telephony service that provides assistance making phone calls, which will put customers through to friends and family, the doctor or to help in an emergency – 24 hours a day and at the touch of a button. In addition, the telephony operators will screen incoming calls so only trusted contacts get through and nuisance calls cannot.

Find out more