The group’s name is Disabled People Against Cuts
B THE AIMS AND OBJECTS OF THE GROUP ARE :-
– To campaign as Disabled People Against Cuts on all issues which undermine our disability rights according to the UNCRPD
– To provide disabled people and the wider public information about disability rights and the impact of government cuts.
– To campaign with other communities which are also affected by cuts such as trade unions and other grassroots groups so as to pool resources for solidarity while maintaining a distinct voice for disabled people
– To facilitate the setting up of local DPAC groups which may only call themselves and be considered to be a DPAC group if they adopt the same aims and objectives as DPAC nationally.
– All work will be underpinned by the social model of disability and the principle of ‘Rights not Charity.’
In order to carry out the objects, the Steering Group has the power to : –
(1) raise funds, receive grants and donations
(2) buy or sell property, take on leases and employ staff
(3) co-operate with and support other groups with similar purposes
(4) do anything else which is necessary to achieve the aims and objectives of the group.
D LOCAL DPACs
Local DPACs shall abide by the aims, policies and objectives of DPAC
They shall operate in a way that is transparent and accountable by
1) Sharing local minutes of meetings
2) Advising the steering group of potential actions so that they may be publicised on the DPAC web site
3) Making it clear that they operate on a local level in all documentation by stating the name of their local group
4) Being responsible for their own fundraising for local meetings, access needs, campaigns in a manner approved by the DPAC steering group
5) The steering group has the right to remove the title ‘DPAC’ from any local group that in its majority decision has contravened the aims and objectives of DPAC.
6) The steering group are in no way responsible for any acts which members may commit at any time or in any place, although they can rescind an individual or group’s membership of DPAC as outlined below if this is deemed appropriate by a majority of the steering group.
1) Any disabled person, group, local DPAC,Union, or DPO who supports the purposes and aims of the group can join DPAC. Only disabled people will have full membership and voting rights. Groups, DPOs, Unions’ Disabled members sections, and Local DPACs will have one vote each dependent on them having at least 75% disabled people at decision making levels.
2) Non-disabled allies will be granted associate membership without voting rights.
3) The maximum financial liability of any member will be £1.
F ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – AGM
1) Providing adequate funding is available the AGM must be held every year, with 28 days notice given to all members telling them what is on the agenda.
2) There must be at least 5 members present at the AGM.
3) The Steering Group shall present the annual report and accounts.
4) At the AGM members shall elect up to 8 steering group members who will serve for a minimum period of 12 months.
5) Other members will be consulted about agenda items as appropriate using electronic means. This is by way of a reasonable adjustment to be as inclusive as possible.
6) Every member has one vote. Each DPO, DPAC, and other groups entitled to vote shall also have one vote only although their individual members can also vote themselves.
G STEERING GROUP
1) Only disabled people fully committed to the social model of disability, aims and values of DPAC may stand for election to the steering group.
2) Any member may put themselves forward for election as a Steering Group member at least 2 weeks before the AGM.
3) To ensure that the Steering Group has an adequate range of people with different Impairments, and skills needed by DPAC applicants must first be accepted by a majority of the current Steering Group.
4) To ensure the Steering Group is fully representative no more than 2 members from any single organisation, group or political party shall be entitled to be a member. The Steering Group will also try to ensure that there is an adequate geographical spread of members represented on the steering group.
5) The Steering group shall hold at least 3 meetings each year. Decisions can be made by the Steering Group members if at least 3 are present at such a meeting or by internet consultation of Steering Group members.
7) During the year, the Steering group may appoint up to 4 extra members on to the Steering Group.
8) Where a decision needs to be made immediately the Steering Group have devolved such power to make decisions to 2 available members of the Steering group . Any such decisions should reflect the views of the majority of the steering group. Other than in these exceptional circumstances the majority decisions made by the Steering Group should be upheld by all of its members.
9) The Steering group may make reasonable additional rules for the proper conduct and management of the group.
10) All Steering Group meetings can be attended by any member.
11) A steering group member shall cease to hold office if he or she:
– Stops being a member of the group
– Resigns as a Steering Group member by notice to the group (but only if at least three members will remain in office when the notice is to take effect).
– Subject to appeal is found guilty of breaking the constitution or seriously violating the agreed policy, aims and values of DPAC.
!) A bank account will be set up for DPAC.
2) All cheques must be signed by 2 steering group members.
3) Funds cannot be used to pay steering group members except to refund legitimate expenses.
I SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS
1) Special General Meetings may be called by the steering group for the following reasons. All members must be given 14 days notice and told what change is proposed.
– Changing the Constitution – The constitution may be changed by a two -thirds majority of members present and voting at a Special General Meeting.
– Emergency Special General Meetings – to allow the members to decide on important issues , such as withholding a membership.
– Winding up – the group may be wound up by a two- thirds majority of members present and voting at a Special General Meeting. Any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to a group with similar purposes.
J SETTING UP THE GROUP
This constitution was adopted on 28/10/2011 at DPAC’s national conference.