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The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

An extremely interesting publication and helpful document.

The benefits system and other forms of government and NHS financial
assistance are designed to enable disabled people to be active in all
aspects of their lives. However evidence suggests that disabled
people fear losing such support as a result of being seen to be active.
This study focused primarily on participants with physical impairments
and sought to determine the prevalence and extent of this fear, with a
particular emphasis on the processes of Personal Independence
Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment
and Support Allowance (ESA).

The Activity Trap_ Disabled people’s fear of being active _ Disability Rights UK

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Disabled people delivering professional training with lived experience is a potent mix: Uber is extending its programme of Disability Equality Training for their partner-drivers involved in the UberACCESS or UberASSIST platforms throughout the UK. Our  CEO Kamran Mallick says “Disability Rights UK welcomes the news that a transport provider like Uber is taking seriously how it provides service to disabled people. ……We want to see Uber maintain ongoing training and refresher training to drivers to ensure disabled people experience a barrier free service.” Read more

Freedom of Information enquiry shows half of DLA claimants still losing higher mobility rate support on moving to PIP: Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser said: “The latest DWP figures continue to show how damaging PIP is to disabled people’s income and independence. One of the main reasons for lower PIP mobility rates is the introduction of the “20 metre rule”, used to assess mobility in PIP assessments. Read more

Times says Tories must hit the brakes on Universal Credit:The principles behind the new benefit are noble but a rushed roll-out to millions more claimants will lead to misery. See Times article– The Times is a pay site, but you can register for complimentary articles. The article quotes from our news item – DR UK says that “dire” Universal Credit system not fit for managed migration: response to SSAC consultation

As Theresa May says prepare for no deal on Brexit, see how this affects you: The Government has published a series of papers on how the UK will cope in the event of a no-deal. Following Theresa May’s statement, no deal is looking more likely. We highlight key guides which might affect disabled people in health, work, education and travel. Read more

Disability Rights UK has also produced a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU (no deal) UK.

The Health and Social Care Committee will be holding an evidence session on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on health and social care. Written submissions wanted by Monday 15 October 2018. Read more

Members, projects and partners

LAP at the Leadership Development Summit Symposium: DR UK Leadership Academy Executive, Katrina Morris, spoke at the Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit 2018 about our leadership programme last week.

Spaces are still available on our Leadership Academy programmeContact Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

What’s been happening in the world of GOGA? A message from Sarah Johnson, our new Get out Get Active Peer Support Lead: I have been privileged to have been working on the GOGA project from April 2017 starting with the Kent project down in Sunny Margate and now working with Disability Rights UK to deliver the Peer Support programme nationally. The last couple of days have been spent in Manchester at the 3rd National GOGA conference entitled Rising to the Challenge of inactivity. Read more

Love it or hate it? Here’s your chance to Rate it! Rate it! is a new, DRILL funded website that offers disabled and older people a space to share their views and reviews of products that can help to make life easier. Find out more

Right to Participate project: Our Right to Participate project aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, which can protect you from discrimination in everyday situations. Find out more

Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon Voucher:Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. Find out more

Tell us about your care: Recently visited your GP or been to hospital? We would like to hear about your experience! Tell us about your care – 0330 995 0400

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Factsheets, Guides and Information – The following factsheets have been updated: 

For further information on welfare rights, education issues and social care you will find our factsheets/guides here or for more detailed information you can order a copy of the Disability Rights Handbook from our shop

Disability Rights UK workshop on Universal Credit and disabled students: This free workshop will bring you bang up-to-date with the implementation of Universal Credit and the impact on disabled students. Date and time, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Wednesday 10th October 2018. Find out more and registration

Free training on Inclusive Practice in careers: Disability Rights UK is offering free one-day training days designed for school careers advisers, coordinators and school careers leaders in Leeds, Taunton and Birmingham between October 2018 and January 2019. The training how to find 2000 gallon water tank is for those who wish to develop their understanding of disability equality and enhance their skills to support disabled learners with careers guidance and careers planning. Find out more

To find out about our disability equality and awareness training please email Jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org

Other news

New Radicals 2018: Making a difference for disabled people:The 2018 Observer/Nesta awards celebrate the innovators making a difference to real lives in the UK. Here are some of the ones making a difference for disabled people and carers. Find out more

Government concerns over PIP loan scheme to fund assistive technology inquiry: Last year, the Work and Pensions Committee launched an inquiry into assistive technology. The government has now responded to these findings, generally accepting the recommendations check out a useful resource. A key exception was one for a new finance scheme for the daily living component of the PIP, giving claimants the option of a low interest loan to buy or lease assistive technology products. Read more

Working age adults to be included in social care Green Paper:Carers Minister Caroline Dinenage MP has confirmed that the social care  Green Paper will look at the needs of working age disabled adults, rather than addressing these in a parallel process. Read more

Disabled peoples poverty worse than government estimates:New Social Metrics Commission report, A new measure of poverty for the UK shows that people with a disability are much more likely to be living in poverty than previously thought. Read more

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Calls for evidence:

Planned closure of ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations: your views wanted: Arriva Rail London are planning to close ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations. London TravelWatch is now consulting passengers on these changes and wants to hear from as many passengers as possible. Find out more



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