Linda

Aug 092019
 

About Unum

Unum spent years pushing reforms that have been closely linked to the deaths of many claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) and to harming the physical and mental health of many others.

Disabled researchers and activists have previously shown how Unum spent years undermining the social security system in order to boost the market for its own income protection insurance policies. * Unum are scum.

Mo Stewart says “Historically, UnumProvident Insurance were banned in fifteen states in America and six countries worldwide until 2008. Professor John Langbein of the Yale School of Law produced an academic paper in January 2007 identifying the ‘UnumProvident Scandal ’ that exposed Unum’s practice of disability denial, and in 2008 the American Association of Justice identified Unum as the second worst insurance company in America. UnumProvident Insurance changed its name to Unum Insurance in 2007 following negative publicity and, in November 2007, BBC News reported that the British government were being advised by an American insurance company with a reputation for ‘racketeering ’.”

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/unum-bragged-about-driving-government-thinking-on-incapacity-benefit-reform/

https://dpac.uk.net/2012/04/a-tale-of-two-models-disabled-people-vs-unum-atos-government-and-disability-charities-debbie-jolly/

www.mostewartresearch.co.uk

And *  https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/anger-over-unum-sponsorship-of-superhero-triathlon-event/

 

Local Paralympian Sophia Warner, is once again leading in the organisation of this year’s ‘Superhero Series’ – the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the minority of disabled people who want to dress up and look like pratts  – launched by Sophia two years ago.

Superhero Tri participants and their ‘Sidekicks’ are encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite Super Hero.

Sophie made it clear in her interview with Disability News Service that she doesn’t care at all about how scummy UNUM are.

Unum, the employee benefits provider head-quartered in Dorking, is supporting the ‘Superhero Series’  this year as a Silver partner and will be providing lots of staff volunteers.

Peter O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Unum UK, commented: “We’ve been working with Sophia since the 2012 Paralympics and are very proud to have shared this journey as the Superhero Series has developed.  It’s a real inspiration to work in partnership with Sophia on these inclusive events.”

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 Posted by at 16:36
Jul 302019
 

Pictures are from DPAC GLASGOW outside the offices of Maximus the scum company managing Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the Tories. They wanted to send solidarity to all DPAC members in Scotland and South of Hadrian’s Wall and to ensure us all they are still very much fighting back.

DPAC Glasgow members holding a DPAC Glasgow Branch banner at the protest

Man wearing a Stop the Universal Credit Rollout tshirt

DPAC Glasgow will also be supporting  the unite day of action against Universal Credit and will be doing a city centre stall in Argyll Stret from 1230 Thurs 1st of August

 Posted by at 14:03
Jun 212019
 

 

Important Information from DAI about Patrick Lynch (RIP)

For those of you who have not seen previous notifications on our website, our Management Committee member and long time volunteer Patrick Lynch, died suddenly on the 2nd June 2019.

This has come as a tremendous shock to his family, friends and all of us here at DAI. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

His funeral mass will take place on:

Tuesday 25th June 2019

At 10am

St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

39 Duncan Terrace

Islington

N1 8AL

This church is fully Wheelchair Accessible including accessible toilet

A Cremation Service will take place at 12pm at the:

Hendon Cemetery & Crematorium

Holders Hill Road

London

NW7 1NB

Friends are invited to join the family:

At 2pm

The Alwyne Castle

83 St Pauls Rd

Islington

N1 2LY

This venue is fully wheelchair accessible including accessible toilet

If you require any further information, please contact us by email at: info@daii.org

Please note that the Disability Action in Islington office will be closed all day on Tuesday 25th June.

Andy Greene

Manager

Disability Action in Islington

you can read a tribute to Patrick in the local paper http://islingtontribune.com/article/disability-rights-campaigner-patrick-took-on-the-government

 

 Posted by at 14:42
Jun 022019
 

These regulations don’t apply if you use CAB (help to claim service) you must claim either from home, DWP officers help at home, or JCP office. this means you will get maximum backdating of your claim.

‘Reg10 (1) (b) of the UC C&P regs says that the date of the claim can be the date that the claimant notified DWP of their intention to make the claim provided that the actual claim is made electronically by DWP themselves or by ‘a person providing services to the Secretary of State which is provided for the purpose of enabling that person to make a claim’.

UC reg 10 (1) b

Claimants who seek help from Citizens Advice to make a claim for universal credit (UC) risk losing out because their date of claim will not be protected due to yet another DWP blunder in their contract with CABs.

Many people who claim UC struggle with the process and need support.

Until 31 March this support was provided by local authorities, often through libraries. People who went to their local library for help would have their UC claim dated from the day they first went for support, even if all the necessary information was not provided until a later date.
However, under the contract negotiated between Citizens Advice and the DWP, the claim is only dated from the day it is received by the DWP.
Claimants who are unable to provide all the necessary information on the day can still have their date of claim protected, but only if they make a separate trip to a Jobcentre to do so.

These regulations don’t apply if you use CAB (help to claim service) you must claim either from home, DWP officers help at home, or JCP office. this means you will get maximum backdating of your claim.

‘Reg10 (1) (b) of the UC C&P regs says that the date of the claim can be the date that the claimant notified DWP of their intention to make the claim provided that the actual claim is made electronically by DWP themselves or by ‘a person providing services to the Secretary of State which is provided for the purpose of enabling that person to make a claim’.

UC reg 10 (1) b

The rules (reg 10 of the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance Claims and Payments Regulations 2013) say:

10.—(1) Where a claim for universal credit is made, the date on which the claim is made is—

(a) subject to sub-paragraph (b), in the case of a claim made by means of an electronic communication in accordance with regulation 8(1), the date on which the claim is received at an appropriate office;

(b) in the case of a claim made by means of an electronic communication in accordance with regulation 8(1), where the claimant receives assistance at home or at an appropriate office from the Secretary of State, or a person providing services to the Secretary of State, which is provided for the purpose of enabling that person to make a claim, the date of first notification of a need for such assistance;

(c) subject to sub-paragraph (d), in the case of a claim made by telephone in accordance with regulation 8(2), the date on which that claim is properly completed in accordance with regulation 8(4); or

(d) where the Secretary of State is unable to accept a claim made by telephone in accordance with regulation 8(2) on the date of first notification of intention to make the claim, the date of first notification, provided a claim properly completed in accordance with regulation 8(4) is made within one month of that date,

or the first day in respect of which the claim is made if later than the above.

Para b is the relevant paragraph, and applies where someone gets assistance 1) at home or 2) in an appropriate office.

2)Appropriate office is defined in reg 2 as

“appropriate office” means—

(a) an office of the Department for Work and Pensions or any other place designated by the Secretary of State in relation to any case or class of case as a place to, or at which, any claim, notice, document, evidence or other information may be sent, delivered or received for the purposes of these Regulations and includes a postal address specified by the Secretary of State for that purpose; or

(b) in the case of a person who is authorized or required by these Regulations to use an electronic communication for any purpose, an address to which such communications may be sent in accordance with Schedule 2;

Therefore unless a CAB office is designated by DWP as an appropriate office, para b cannot apply if the help to claim was provided in the CAB office.

Source Rightsnet

 Posted by at 19:26
May 292019
 

join the monthly protest at Caxton House, Tothill Street, London organised by Kilburn Unemployed Workers’ Group (KUWG)  which this month will include their views on the outrageous lies being told by DWP with their false adverts for Universal Credit in the scum Mail partner paper the Metro.

Please continue to remove as many Metros as possible every Wednesday for the next 7 weeks from venues where they are available.

 Posted by at 18:46
May 292019
 

If you want to support the rights of people with learning difficulties and sign up to this letter to Matt Hancock please email your name to info@peoplefirstltd.com

People First is run by people with learning difficulties campaigning for equal rights. We give information, training and advice.
People First (Self Advocacy) is a company limited by guarantee no. 03134827 and a registered charity no. 1057354

To: The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Dear Mr Hancock,
We were encouraged by your announcement on Tuesday ahead of the publication of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review LeDeR Programme report, that ‘every single patient’s case will be independently reviewed after reports that vulnerable people are being failed’.
The Government has set out plans to improve care for people with autism and learning disabilities based on the recommendations from the report. These plans include moving people with learning difficulties and autistic people out of Assessment and Treatment Units and mental health hospitals.
The Government is also looking at how more people with learning difficulties can live in their own homes – under the Transforming Care Programme.
We are extremely concerned and angry that targets to date have not been met and people continue to be admitted to these units and continue to suffer.
The Government is now setting up “a new working group for learning disabilities and autism, bringing together experts, clinicians, parents and carers to develop a new model of care.”
The Government has left out people with learning difficulties and autistic people from this group. The Government must listen to and include People with learning difficulties and autistic people if it is to have any credibility.
Under the UN Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities, Article 4, 33 and comment 7 says that the Government must involve people with learning difficulties and autistic people when making policies and decisions about us.

We are writing to ask you to start talking and listening directly to:
• People with learning difficulties and autistic people who have been or are in ATUs and Mental Health Hospitals
• Self-Advocacy and other Speaking Up groups run and controlled by people with learning difficulties and autistic people
• Activists with learning difficulties and autistic people
campaigning around ATU and mental health hospitals
• Care and Treatment Review’s Expert by Experience panel members with learning difficulties and autistic people
• Peer advocates with learning difficulties and autistic people acting as advocates for patients in hospitals
This means that the Government must find out from People with learning difficulties and autistic people what helps us be well, happy and safe in the community and stop us going into mental health hospitals and Assessment and Treatment Units.
The UNCRPD requires People with learning difficulties and autistic people to be members of the group that will look at good ways of providing care for them.
It also means asking us about what changes we want in Mental Health and other laws that will support our right to live in the community.
Nothing about us without us!
From:
Andrew Lee, Director of People First Advocacy
Simone Aspis, Changing Perspectives

 

 

 Posted by at 18:40
May 292019
 

 Press Release

 

People First Self Advocacy response to Whorlton Hall abuse scandal 

29 May 2019 

At People First Self Advocacy we were horrified to learn of yet another case of abuse and torture of people with Leaning Difficulties and Autism. This is from within a system that should be safe and supportive.

After the Panorama programme exposed the abuse at Winterbourne View in 2011, promises were made to move over half of the people in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) back into the community and eventually close them.

Eight years on Panorama exposed Whorlton Hall, another shocking case of abuse being missed ‘despite at least 100 official visits’.

The Government has not lived up to their promise or met the targets set by NHS England after Winterbourne View. The bodies who have been given the responsibility by the Government to keep us safe have let us down again.

The Learning Disability Census (September 2015) reported that 3,230 people with Learning Difficulties were inpatients in NHS and independent services. The latest figures published by NHS Digital on 16 May, tell us that there are 2,245 inpatients with Learning Difficulties. This demonstrates that not enough has been done. We want to know why.

People First Self Advocacy calls for the Government to make Article 19 (Living independently and being included in the community) part of our law – providing us with a statutory right to independent living.

Our #CloseATUs campaign is not just calling for the closure of ATUs but pressing for people to have the advocacy and support they need in their local communities.

We are also calling for a national action plan for the closures of ATUs to be implemented with immediate effect with a target of two years.

Andrew Lee, Director of People First Self Advocacy said: 

‘As with Winterbourne, the news of Whorlton Hall brought tears, upset and anger to me and many other people I know. Our thoughts go to all of the people who experienced this abuse. We need to make sure this does not happen again. Moving people to ‘other’ closed institutions like Whorlton Hall is obviously not the answer. People are being sent far away from friends and family at great cost to the authorities and at even greater and more tragic cost to people with learning difficulties and their loved ones.’ 

People First Self Advocacy asks if the regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is using all of its powers to prevent future abuse happening.

Are they asking the right questions, are they looking at the right things, are they actually talking to people with Learning Difficulties?

We need to be able to live safely and independently in the community, like everybody else. We need to be treated with dignity and respect. 

Related notes:

Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics Provisional Statistics (AT: April 2019, MHSDS: February 2019 Final)

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

 

Article 19 (UN CRPD) – Living independently and being included in the community

 

Disabled People’s Shadow Report to the UN CRPD Committee

 

Learning Disability Census Report – England, 30th of September 2015

Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities

 

BBC News: Whorlton Hall: Former inspector says warnings were ignored

 

BBC News: Whorlton Hall: Hospital abuse missed despite at least 100 official visits

 

Notes to editors 

People First Self Advocacy is a national organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. The organisation aims to speak up and campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties. We also aim to support self-advocacy groups across the country in their work.

We aim to:

  • Speak up and campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties
  • Support people with learning difficulties and their self-advocacy groups to build up their skills
  • Make sure that the voices of people with learning difficulties are heard by the government and people who make decisions.

Andrew Lee, Director of People First (Self Advocacy)

Christine Spooner, Chair of People First (Self Advocacy)

 Posted by at 18:36
May 142019
 

A memo leaked to us shows that DWP are planning to tell lots and lots of fairytales about how well Universal Credit is working. This is not our experience or the experience of anyone we have contact with. 

On Friday May 31st DWP are launching a misleading advertising campaign with a wrap around on the Metro free paper.  

This is costing quarter of a million pounds of our money meanwhile they have robbed millions from women pensioners, disabled people, women and children all of whom have been pushed deeper and deeper into poverty, and despair. Many have been forced to resort to prostitution and crime in order to survive. 

DWP must be stopped from using the media to spread their lies so we’re calling on all of those affected and those who care about the truth to do what we’ve done with the Mail and Sun before and go to your nearest train and tube station or any other locations where the Metro is given out free and remove or otherwise prevent as many as possible to be read. 

This is nothing short of a propaganda war which we must win. Please ask friends and family to help with this task and share this request on social media. 

We are preparing a dossier to complain to the advertising standards authority but let’s make sure the Metro never want another DWP advert again.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/14/universal-credit-department-work-pensions-pr

 

 Posted by at 21:47
Jan 252019
 

If you want to add anything from your own local group please email us. Real and systematic change can only be achieved if we organise and fight togetherbut Disabled People deserve rights and to live without the gripping fear many have felt for the last 8 years.

 

DPAC Ceredigion

Following our protests in town and outside Cardigan job centre opposing the roll out of Universal Credit, more people got in contact to ask for support and advice regarding their benefits. Working with our local MP Ben Lake, the food bank and Croeso housing, we had a UC drop in advice surgery in Aberystwyth, which will be repeated next year in Cardigan. Three of us went to meet Leanne Wood when she came to Cardigan and raised our concerns about the roll out of UC. We have been regularly handing out flyers around town and engaging with people to raise awareness of the rollout of UC and putting More people got in contact with us, for advice on PIP claims, and im pleased to say, that all those we helped this year were successful with their claims or appeals. Through the sales of the Welsh Grannies, we have funds available now to go towards organising our future campaigns, and helping others in our community during sanctions, waiting times and late payments etc. We have had regular social meet ups, and hope to have many more in the future. Lets keep fighting the system best we can, lets be there to support each other along the way and keep hold of the friendships we have made through DPAC. Its going to be a tough year ahead with UC and Brexit affecting us all. Lets continue to help each other through this in solidarity. Thank you all for your contributions this year. To CPA people for travelling so far to campaign together, to Jon Plumpton for those amazing lollipops and posters you printed for all the demos, for those who turned up on cold mornings to stand outside the job centres, to all those helping us with translations so that we can have bi-lingual protests, and most importantly our strong bond of friendship that keep this group running.

Berkshire DPAC

Our main activism in 2018 centred around Reading Borough Council’s proposal to scrap concessionary bus passes. We eventually won in relation to passes for disabled people and for companion passes too. There were many elements to the win apart from our successful demos in town and media coverage: having information coming out from council sources as to what had been stated in their budget; support from the local Trades Council who bolstered our demos and helped spread the word and also support from Reading and District Labour Party, which voted to instruct the council to ditch the proposal. But this has been a long process and still continues, as their latest move has been to go back to a consultation on cancelling passes for pensioners and also charging for Readibus rides, which were previously free.

We also began to try to gather information about the local hospital for patients diagnosed with mental health problems as the reports coming out of there are awful.

Norfolk DPAC

 

March – National Day of Action – protest to stop and scrap universal credit outside Norwich City Council.

May – DPAC Norfolk participated in protest against cuts to mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk at Norwich City Football Club

September – DPAC Norfolk part of forming Norfolk Against Universal Credit (NAUC) a campaigning coalition of organisations to stop and scrap

October – 7 members participated in the action at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham

October – protest at Norwich job centre to mark the first day of the rollout of Universal Credit – over 50 people attended

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-protest-norwich-1-5738697

October – DPAC Norfolk organised a rally and march to Stop and Scrap Universal Credit.  Over 150 people marched around Norwich city centre.

 

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-protest-norwich-1-5754271

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AMuwnlxFv8

December  – Public Meeting to Stop and Scrap Universal Credit – over 50 people attended the meeting at Norwich City Hall

Glasgow DPAC

here is a brief account accompanied by pictures of what has been a hectic year (I can’t promise chronological acuracy😀) for DPAC GLASGOW.

The backbone of our work has and continues to be resisting government attacks on the rights and dignitary of disabled people through changes in the benefit system we have held monthly pickets outside maximums offices against work capability assessments.

 

We have also been proud to support other campaigns ie the struggle for equal pay for working women of Glasgow city council. I was privileged to be the only man allowed to speak at one of their lobbies.

We also stood in solidarity with the get Glasgow moving campaign when they handed in their petition to Glasgow city council in July.

 

One of the highlight was when 3 of our members went down to Birmingham to tell Theresa May and the Tory conference what we think of them.

 

My personal highlight was our participation in the national day of action against universal credit we organised an excellent street stall in Argyll St and got a great response. we also made a couple of trips through to Edinburgh to the Scottish parliament on the first occasion to hear the evil Esther Mcvey answer questions before one of the parliamentary  committees  and on another occasion to meet Shirley Anne Sommerville.

Like everyone else we expect to be even busier this year.

 

I’d like to finish this somewhat potted annual report  by paying tribute to Marion Nisbet co founder and stalwart of DPAC GLASGOW for a number of years who has decided to move on to other things a huge THANK YOU Marion

 

 

 

Northants Disabled People Against Cuts

 

2018 has been a very difficult year for Northants dpac I’m pleased though we have managed to ensure Disabled Peoples anger towards the cuts and continuous attacks has not waned, A number of our members have had health issues which has impacted on our work. Individual people have continued to support people with pip, esa and other problems. Through our media work we have developed good media relationships with Northampton chronicle, echo, and Nene Enquirer .

 

We supported save Northants services rally on the 17th FEB 2018. As Northamptonshire County Council has been in financial trouble due to national govt cuts, we have been able to get national media coverage of Disabled Peoples experience of Cuts.

 

We have built up a good relationship with IWW branch locally We are actively involved in Save Northants Services umbrella organisation. We are involved with Northants Direct Action on actions and campaigns.

 

We supported tories out of Brum conference protest/action. We are building distant links with Labour Party locally for future work.

 

We joined a noisy picket of Northants Tories Gala Dinner with the guest of dishonour Savid Javid home secretary. We continue to be an irritant in the fight against cuts in Northants.

 

 

 

 Posted by at 20:55
Jan 242019
 

At last we have a belated annual round up setting out just a few of the things we supported and organised in 2018. DPAC was always set up so that if one person was ill or unable to take part in the day-to-day running of things it would still function but 2018 threw up more problems health and family wise for most of us than anyone could have envisaged. And although not all our problems are now solved we’re all still here and functioning – if a little slower than usual.

Once again we want to thank our many supporters and allies for their help in many ways from attending physical and on-line events, producing memes for our use, donating to help us remain completely independent and help others to attend protests and meetings and a myriad of other things. Thanks once again to Paula, Louise and Keith for helping with stalls at a variety of events these not only raise money for DPAC but also promote us as an organisation.

 

 

We’re very grateful to the disabled people who travelled so far to attend our Festival of Resistance during the summer and it was great to meet activists from around the world.

As usual last year we were involved supporting a wide range of events and protests organised by ourselves and others where the impact would have a direct and negative effect on disabled people. This included working with BASW and the Anti Austerity Action Group, RMT, Transport for All and ABC Commuters around transport issues especially driver only operated trains, Fuel Poverty Action Group, Winvisible, No More Deaths on Our Streets, Alliance for Counselling and Pyschtherapy,against IAPT therapies, Supporting NHS marches and anti-racists marches to name but a few.

Members of the steering group have continued to speak at a wide range of events on various topics throughout the year. We’re grateful to them for giving their time and energy to do so and are proud to have them represent us at such times. Paula in particular seems to have been very prolific last year speaking at about 10 major events.

We’ve continued our work with the media and tried to highlight the ongoing injustices and problems that disabled people face in the UK today.

We also had a voter registration drive for the mayoral and council elections because it is so important that disabled people do use their vote to seek change at all levels of the political spectrum.

 

Our initial planned Day of Action to Stop and Scrap Universal Credit had to be postponed due to the awful weather we had last March and was re-organised to take place in April when nationally we had a day out to parliament – again. You can watch the video at this link

https://dpac.uk.net/2018/04/video-dpac-protests-in-parliament-against-universal-credit-stopandscrapuniversalcredit/

We organised High Court vigils with Winvisible and Inclusion London for the Universal Credit case against the loss of Severe and Enhanced Disability Premiums in UC. Fortunately the case was won although of course the government tried and failed to wriggle out of paying disabled people more.

Most protests were supported by on-line actions and we also had an on-line protest against the Spring Budget. Sadly twitter has now stopped people using tweet lists and repeating others tweets en mass so we have been forced to change the way we can use it for protesting.

Some of our supporters from Bromley DPAC went to Calais in March where they were confronted by the harrowing living conditions for refugees

We once again took part in the Lush Summit in London where Paula did a workshop on Universal Credit and  Mary Ellen had her fantastic new art piece ‘UC – A Grave Condition’

We’ve produced several important papers last year as well as helping collect evidence for several consultation responses put together by Inclusion London.

Papers include – an alternative solution to the UK independent living crisis? Independent Living Support for the Future.

UBI: Solution or illusion? The implications of Universal Basic Income for disabled people in Britain. Our hard copy pamphlet on UBI will shortly be available to purchase at cost price of £1 although the report remains available on the website.

And as well as providing supporting evidence for UK consultations Ellen collated Consultation responses: – Latest report to UN Disability Committee launched in Parliament on 25 October (submitted by UK DDPOs) which included evidence of continuing attrocities disabled people had experienced and which we had collated for this report. The UK is not only the first country to be investigated by the UN Disability Committee it is also the only country to be annually monitored. If only the Tories felt any shame…..

And Submission to UN Extreme Poverty rapporteur (submitted from ROFA).

Paula was able to go to give evidence when the UN rapporteur met in East London and people from some of our local groups were able to attend local meetings with him especially Martin in Clacton.

In July the Department for International Development headed by ex- Minister for Disabled People, Penny Morduant, tried to pretend that the UK government cares about disabled people’s human rights and to pretend through hosting a Global Summit that they were good at this.

Naturally we felt the need to host our own events and held a Festival of Resistance to highlight the opposite truth and show those from foreign NGOs who attended what the abysmal reality is. It says much about the DfiD and their support for human rights that their co-hosts of this event were Kenya whose record on LGBT rights is so appalling.

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/global-disability-summit-mordaunt-retreats-from-uks-global-leader-on-rights-claims/

https://dpac.uk.net/2018/07/festival-of-resistance-july-21st-24th/

Amongst our guests were Rose Achayo, Feliza ali Ramos and Alex Marcelo Vazqiez Bracamonte from Bolivia, Antonios Rellas from Greece, John Clarke from OCAP and of course John McDonnell and we were joined by Skype by Naiaty Yaacob from Malaysia.

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/global-disability-summit-dpacs-protest-festival-highlights-government-hypocrisy/

https://dpac.uk.net/2018/07/global-disability-summit-rival-summit-hears-of-international-fight-against-oppression/

It is also worth remembering the disgraceful way in which Disability Rights UK (DRUK) betrayed the disabled people’s movement toadying up to government at this sham summit.

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/global-disability-summit-disability-rights-uk-betrayed-movement-with-speech/

While work for this summit was the main piece of activism last year DPAC’s work to fight for disabled people’s human rights goes on daily both nationally and amongst our many active local groups.

We were delighted that also in July at Unite’s policy conference one of our supporters, Ellen Morrison, gave a rousing and compelling speech in her capacity as a Unite delegateto ask conference to support Stop and Scrap Universal Credit which was carried. We continue our work to get this position formally adopted by Labour instead of the whimpish Pause and Fix stance the party currently continues to hold.

 

Ellen’s superb and emotive speech can be viewed here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WPlGub1kJU

 

We’ve worked with Potent Whisper several times to support his rhyming guide to austerity and later last year on some video work with him that Paul and Keith helped with.

Conference season again saw us busy with meetings and speaking at events at the Labour Party Conference and lobbying Margaret Greenwood, who seems to be largely silent on the hostile environment disabled people face which is unacceptable and must change, followed by our bi-annual trip to the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham.

People from many of our local groups from around the country joined us there and it was particularly good to meet up with them all.

https://dpac.uk.net/2018/10/dpac-protest-at-the-tory-conference-pictures/

 

 

DPAC Protesters blocking Birmingham's tram routes

DPAC Protesters blocking Birmingham’s tram routes

 

 

 

 

We were also able to part sponsor an important disability art exhibition ‘I Protest’ in Norwich something a little out of the ordinary for us but which was a successful event and another way in which to spread information to the public.

I Protest art show https://www.facebook.com/IProtestNorwich/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

Also last year we undertook a major piece of research into the postcode lottery of social care and charging funded by a grant from Network for Social Change and we have asked Barbara Keeley the Labour Party shadow minister for mental health and social care to provide a room in parliament for the launch of both this research and our work on the future of social care. So far she has not responded however we hope to have a reply shortly.

We’re still collating information on a few things mainly tell your story and on care charging and it would be helpful if anyone who hasn’t could fill in details on the website forms. This information is used for research, evidence, and media information so is vital to us all.

https://dpac.uk.net/2018/10/tell-your-story/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 21:19
Jan 212019
 

 As well as our previous post about a vigil at 1.30 pm concerning two UC cases this weektThe Alliance For Inclusive Education supports a human rights legal challenge around the provision of support for Disabled pupils with visual impairments within mainstream schooling.

On the 23rd January in the High Court a severely visually impaired pupil will claim that the local authority is breaching her rights in the way it arranges specialist teaching assistant support in mainstream schools.

The local authority has decided to give individual schools the responsibility for the recruitment and employment of Teaching Assistants for their Disabled pupils. This means there is no central pool of specialist support staff (specialist teaching assistants) available when a Disabled child wants to join a particular school.

The court is being asked to make a decision on whether the local authority’s policy to delegate responsibility to schools for the recruitment and employment of TAs is lawful under the Equality Act 2010 Public Sector Equality Duty, European Convention on Human Rights and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities around promoting Disabled pupils’ right to participate in mainstream education free from disability discrimination.

Currently, there is a presumption of mainstream education for Disabled pupils under the Children and Families Act. However, there is no requirement in law that local authorities should arrange SEND provision that will maximise parental choice of mainstream schools or promote Disabled pupils’ full participation in the curriculum.

“This is a very important case because for too many Disabled pupils, failure in mainstream schools arises when local authorities do not arrange SEND provision in a timely manner and in a way that guarantees high quality support to enable Disabled pupils to follow the entire school curriculum at all times, ie without any gaps. This leaves Disabled pupils being treated in a discriminatory way, as they are denied full participation in the school curriculum and all aspects of school life because they are Disabled and require assistance. We therefore want the court to issue guidance and rule that leaving Disabled pupils without appropriate assistance to engage in mainstream education is disability discrimination and a breach of Disabled pupils’ human rights,” says the Alliance for Inclusive Education’s Policy and Campaigns Coordinator Simone Aspis.

Anthony Gold Solicitors are representing the client and Steve Broach of Monckton Chambers is instructed counsel.

For more information please contact Simone Aspis:

Phone: 0207 737 6030 / mobile: 07856 213 837

Email Simone.Aspis@allfie.org.uk

 

 Posted by at 14:47
Jan 182019
 

 

  • Hosted by WinVisible – women with visible & invisible disabilities, DPAC and MHRN
  • Wednesday January 23rd, 13.30-13.45pm at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL

Supporting legal challenge against Universal Credit by the single mum of a disabled daughter, and a man who was on ESA. Mum and daughter are £140/month worse off under UC than Income Support. Man has lost severe disability premiums.
PHOTOCALL outside court at 1.30pm.
Go into court from 10/10.30 onwards. Court room list here, case of TD and AD https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-rcj
Case continues Thursday 24 January.

More info: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-facing-court-over-claimants-universal-credit-fit-for-work-injustice/
http://cpag.org.uk/content/universal-credit-disability-and-transitional-protection

https://www.facebook.com/events/792963844375348/

 Posted by at 15:51
Jan 182019
 

Haringey Against Universal Credit Public Meeting

by SSUCH – Stop & Scrap Universal Credit Haringey 

The Eventbrite page for the meeting is http://bit.ly/ucevent 

 Thursday 24th January 7.30
Alevi Centre
19 Clarendon Rd 
Hornsey 
London 
N8 0DD 

Speakers:

Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green (chair)

Cllr Kaushika Amin, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Civic Services (including rollout of support for Universal Credit)

Miriam Bindman, disability rights activist (Disabled People Against Cuts: DPAC)

Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary, PCS union

Linda Grant, employment and poverty researcher and Sheffield Heeley Constituency Labour Party executive member

Additional speakers to be confirmed

Local advice groups will have stalls at the meeting Organised by Stop and Scrap Universal Credit Haringey

We are a broad-based group of mainly Labour Party members and Unite Community members that came together to campaign against this cruel benefit system and support people receiving it. 

5 minutes walk from 144 and 41 Wightman Road bus stops. Nearest tube station: Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line) 

Info.ssuch@gmail.com

 Posted by at 15:45
Dec 202018
 

The austerity programme was initiated in 2010 by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. It has brought in its wake the destruction of many social support systems for all of us but for disabled people it has meant a severe decrease in our ability to engage in life. The demise of the Independent Living Fund, reductions in social care, the unwillingness to consider medical evidence, the restriction on support … the list goes on. 

Whether you accept the concept of equality or not, the fact remains that our world is essentially constructed for bipedal creatures with a given capacity for sight, hearing and mobility. The world is eminently suited for all those who can climb stairs, read basic instructions, have a basic understanding of language and its usage and can perform a given set of functions on command. Fail in any of those and you are considered disabled. 

In relatively primitive societies when babies were born with the clear indication that they would never attain the full physical capacity they were exposed on hill sides and left to the elements. One society we know of was Sparta. Plutarch, aka Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, gives us the Greek story that ancient Spartans threw their stunted and sickly babies off a cliff. Whether this story is true, or a myth, is at this moment immaterial. The fact is that the belief that this was true has fed into social movement such as the Hitler Youth. In the early 1920s, the Nazi party had established a youth movement to train them to become Stormtroopers.

The idealisation of perfect people with the full capacity of bipedal motion reading basic instructions, having a basic understanding of language and its usage and capable of performing a given set of functions on command was the underpinning of much of the Nazi Party ideology. They of course took it one step further still in that they also held that the Aryan was the only perfect exemplar of these perfect people. But that is by the by. What is relative to this article is that the Nazi ideology led to Aktion T4. Starting as a euthanasia program that eliminated disabled infants and children deemed unfit to live and expanding in time to cover disabled adults and the elderly. 

Aktion T4 was a direct result of a new bureaucracy with a mandate to kill anyone considered to have a “life unworthy of living”. The Nazis themselves referred to the victims of Aktion T4 as “burdensome lives” and “useless eaters”.Criteria for inclusion into the programme was not exclusively medical or genetic. People were assigned to the programme largely on ‘Economic Productivity’. 

Aktion T4 killed 70,000 people during its first two years of operation. Initially by starvation and lethal injection. Later, efficiency led to the development of asphyxiation by poison gas.  The program officially ended in 1941 amid a welter of protests from many quarters of German society. It however did go on more covertly. The total number of victims are estimated to have reached 200,000 plus.  Furthermore, it was the lessons the Nazis learned from Aktion T4 that helped them later on in their ‘final solution’.

We have all heard about the Yellow Star that Jews were required to wear under the Nazi Regime. This was but one of the classification symbols Nazis employed.  Notion that the star is but two triangles, one inverted on the other, was employed to classify people depending on their origin, their sexual orientation, their political affiliations, their religion and their overall productivity towards the Nazi war effort. Disabled people, those considered unfit for ‘economic productivity’ and eventually all others who were deemed ‘anti-social’ by the regime were accorded a Black Triangle. Which, incidently, is why the DPAC logo contains a black triangle at it’s centre.

Coming forward to the present day, prior to the Austerity programme, there were still many matters lacking for the ability of disabled people to fully engage in public life. But things were improving slowly, admittedly, but surely. We were gradually getting the notion of the Social Model of disability accepted. The notion was become accepted that people were disabled not by their impairment but rather by the society they were living in. All that went to the wall with the Austerity programme. We are currently facing the basic notion that impairment is a personal fault that society does not have to make room for, make concessions to or accept responsibility for. Unlike Aktion T4, the Austerity programme has not quite taken an active hand in killing disabled people. But disabled people are still dying as a result of austerity. 

Many disabled people do view the assault on their ability to engage in public life by the myriad of cuts, both in personal support and in social support, as akin to the intent of Aktion T4. I posit that this view is far from irrational. In fact, it is the only logical way to see the impact of the Austerity programme which is essentially a means of minimising Governmental responsibility for those it governs. 

Governments are there to set the stage on which we live our daily lives. If it makes it more difficult, or rather impossible for some of us the traverse that stage then government policy is wholly responsible for our inability to live full lives.

Austerity is responsible for killing each and every person who has found it impossible to live up to the expectations of economic activity as set by the governments that have initiated, and followed, the precepts of Austerity. Further, call a rose by any other name, and it still has thorns. Saying that Austerity is over has not meant that the impact of Austerity is no longer there. As long as disabled people are forced, through the actions and lack of action, by this or any other government, to live restricted lives, through lack of social support, we will, quite rightly, continue to see their actions, or lack thereof, in the same light as Aktion T4.

Miriam Binder

 Posted by at 21:09
Dec 202018
 

I am a longstanding DPAC supporter and now also Disability Officer for my local Labour Party (Berwick upon Tweed).  I would like to make contact with any other DPAC supporters in Northumberland to discuss campaigning against the Tories ‘hostile environment ‘ & how we can promote justice for all disabled people. Please contact me, Sarah, on sreqwerty@gmail.com

 

 Posted by at 21:00
Dec 122018
 

Ofsted, the schools inspection service have been concerned in recent months at data suggesting some pupils have been moved off the school register and removed from their school. Disabled pupils and those described as having special educational needs, are more likely to be subject to this practice, called “ off-rolled” This happened to one young person Pat (not the real name) who was recently off- rolled from a, state funded, secondary school in Greater Manchester. Pat is 14, has a diagnosis of Autism, also has the protection of an EHCP. Pat had three years of 100% attendance at the school and although Pat did not find the school met all support needs, Pat accepted responsibility and gave a commitment to hard work. This was reflected in Pat’s academic achievements, test results clearly indicated academic progress, year on year. An incident occurred when Pat was allocated a new support worker. The support person had been in post 5 days, no formal training to work with neuro – diverse pupils. The support worker did not know Pat, it was the lack of a meaningful relationship with Pat that triggered Pat’s “melt down” Pat will not be the first neuro-diverse person to have a melt down in school and Pat will almost certainly not be the last person to have a melt down. A melt down is likely when the school does not anticipate the triggers for a particular pupil and has not put appropriate support in place. This resulted in Pat being suspended from school for two days. Pat was utterly devastated, uncertain what had happened.

Pat’s mother attended the school to discuss what had happened, she was confronted by the headteacher and the head of SEN services from the local authority. There was no discussion, Pat’s mother was told to remove Pat to a “ autism school” 35 miles from their home or have Pat “homed schooled” This “choice” was imposed upon Pat’s mother by the head of SEN, supported by the headteacher without any consultation. This illegal action from two senior professionals is now being challenged. It is however, expected that both professionals will deny their actions and re- present their arguments as “ considered advice” in the “ best interests” of the young person. What is disturbing is that if the two senior professionals were confident in their judgments were in Pat’s best interest – why did they not follow the appropriate procedures and engage in the formal process of an EHCP review, with representatives from health and social care ? Why did the SEN local authority lead professional not take into consideration Pat’s views ? in fact he has never met Pat. Why have Pat’s teachers, health and care professionals not taken action to protect Pat from this abuse of Pat’s rights and a total disregard of the EHCP ? What is unforgivable is that the “professionals” surrounding Pat have allowed Pat to be presented as “the problem” and for Pat to take responsibility for the abuse of the professionals. Pat is not the only young person being subject to this despicable and systematic professional abuse, but is one of a growing number, identified by Ofsted.

This practice is a consequence of a wider concerted devaluation of disabled people in the UK, by this government, which has given licence to such malpractice against disabled people. What disabled child is safe from the malpractice of such senior professionals In schools and colleges ? What parent can say with Confidence their child is safe from being off-rolled by their school ? As a starting point we should encourage every such incident to be reported to Ofsted and Governors of the school.

 Posted by at 20:12
Dec 042018
 

What’s your experience of the welfare safety net?

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the current state of the UK’s welfare safety net, prompted by the evidence of debt, hunger and homelessness it has heard across several recent inquiries.  The inquiry will look at how effectively our welfare system works to protect against hardship and chronic deprivation.

 

The UK’s welfare system is currently undergoing fundamental reform – the transition to Universal Credit alongside other major and largely untested reforms like Benefit sanctions and the Benefit cap, also there is the freeze on benefits.

 

Have you experienced hardship because of changes in you benefits? Your experience will inform Inclusion London’s evidence to the inquiry.  Please send to Henrietta.Doyle@inclusionlondon.org.uk  by 12 December.

                         

You are welcome to send evidence direct to the Select Committee, information about doing this is available at:  https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/inquiry12/

The deadline is 14 December 2018

 

 Posted by at 17:20
Nov 262018
 

Actions against Universal Credit:
a hostile environment for women & children

Single mums challenge UC
working allowance disaster

Tues 27 & Wed 28 November 2018

High Court, Strand, London WC2A 2LL

Single mums are in court to challenge the government over the Universal Credit payment system which is inflexible and doesn’t reflect reality.  The rigid ‘assessment period’ causes wildly fluctuating benefit and debt. Part-time dinner lady Danielle Johnson from Keighley, West Yorkshire, is paid on the last working day of the month. But her monthly UC assessment periods are rigid – running from the last day of each month, meaning that if she is paid before the last day of the month, because payment falls on a weekend or non-banking day, she is assessed as having been paid twice that month, and not at all the next month (so she could be subject to the benefit cap). Claimants are unable to change their assessment period. Ms Johnson also argues that the system is discriminatory because it disproportionately affects mainly single mothers. Child Poverty Action Group and Leigh Day solicitors have joined together. See Leigh Day’s press release.  The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights recently condemned UC as ‘misogynist’.

10.30am: Court case starts in Court 1.  Go into court to support the claimants.  Continues Wednesday, check court listing here

Read “Universal Credit: a hostile environment for women”, by Selma James, Solveig Francis

UC Unite call out 1 Dec 2018.JPG

UC parliament square wide photo.JPG

Saturday 1 December 2018

National day of action to STOP Universal Credit
Called by
Unite Community

London-wide 2pm: In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, meet at Ladbroke Grove tube, London W10 6HJ

UK-wide info, including England, North of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, see Unite website.

 Posted by at 17:43
Nov 152018
 

The CWU’s fight to save our nation’s cherished Post Office network, which has been recently launched by the union in response to the bombshell announcement that 74 Crown offices are to be franchised (privatised) to high-street retailer WH Smith – a move which will impact some 800 jobs and drastically cut services to communities.

CWU is fighting back, with a range of high-profile local and national campaign activities being planned over the next couple of months – particularly in the run-up to Christmas.

We’ve created dedicated campaign website – www.saveourpostoffice.co.uk – which has all the essential facts, aims and demands and also features a quick and easy ‘write to your MP’ guide.

From the main page of the site, simply click to find your own MP and then click again for a model letter to her or him – or write to the Government Minister responsible for the Post Office, Greg Clarke, urging him to stop the wrecking of our Post Office.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward says: “At a time when the government is claiming to be on the side of workers, it is an outrage that it is allowing well rewarded jobs to go from a public service, handing them straight to a second-rate employer like WHSmith – recently rated as the worst retailer on the high street who will undoubtedly provide a significantly inferior service.”

And he’s asking all CWU members to “please visit the campaign site, write to your MP and watch out for upcoming Save Our Post Office activities in your local area.”

Can you help? Here’s what you can do…

  1. Go towww.saveourpostoffice.co.uk
  2. Enter your address
  3. Your MP’s name will appear
  4. Write your message
  5. Share with colleagues, friends, family etc
  6. Thank you

Dave Ward says:

“Together, united, we can stop this attack and save this cherished Great British institution.”

December 1st protests are planned for Aberdeen, Crawley, Nottingham, Chester, Basingstoke, York, and Bristol – with further events in other localities being discussed and organised as well.

We need YOU – December 1st Day of Action

“Come and get involved in the big nationwide Campaign Day to Save Our Post Office,” is today’s message from our general secretary Dave Ward.

Since the launch event last Thursday, enthusiasm is growing around the country, with protests, petitioning and lobbying gathering pace – and Dave is urging reps to “please remember to take these petitions around your unit.

“We’ve got around 190,000 members of this union, so between now and the Big Day, let’s get as many of our own people signed up as we possibly can,” he urges.

“And while you’re asking people to sign, please flag up the nearest December 1st event to them and boost the attendance on the day.”

Saturday December 1st will see protests in cities and towns in every region of the UK, in our defiant response to Post Office bosses’ announcement of the ‘franchising’ of 74 Crown offices to retailer WH Smith, impacting on some 7-800 jobs – marking a change in their strategy from managed decline to terminal decline.

“And that’s what we’re facing unless we can force a change of direction,” says our general secretary, who is also pushing forward the union’s vision for a positive future for our post office network – as the real hubs of our communities.

 Posted by at 18:38
Nov 152018
 

Our first day of action for Disabled Equality in Education will see meetings and events in colleges and universities, as well as schools where SEND cuts are destroying integrated education and will culminate in a meeting in parliament where we will bring forward demands for change.

 

Parliamentary meeting Wednesday November 21st House of Commons, Committee Room 10  from 5.30pm – 7pm. Some tickets are available for this event and we want as many disabled people as possible to attend:

please email DPAC or elaneheffernan@btinternet.com for tickets

 

Briefing Document from ALLFIE can be read here https://www.allfie.org.uk/

Cambridge

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) now has a Cambridgeshire and Essex branch! Come and join us for this protest about disability equality in work. We will be highlighting the government’s persecution of disabled people, reading the names of people who have died because of the horrific cuts and sanctions regime of the DWP, and agitating for real equality of access to work.

We are in solidarity with the UCU Day of Action for disability equality in education, for which events are taking place all day at the Cambridge University Students Union. If you’re going to one of the UCU events, come and join us at 2:30 in Market Square to take the message to the public.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 from 14:30-16:30,

Market Square Cambridge

Cambridge.

https://www.facebook.com/events/304326216958523/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1542299943763655

Liverpool 

Support Wed 21st national UCU Day of action for disability equality in education at Liverpool University

Come and join us

12.00 Rally University Square (Brownlow Hill)

We will be leafleting:

10.45  502 Teaching Block  (Mount Pleasant next to Student Guild)

11.45 502 Teaching Block  (Mount Pleasant next to Student Guild)

The UCU is taking action  to challenge disability discrimination on campus and barriers faced by disabled people in education.

Our union branch recently passed a motion expressing concern about the disability discrimination on campus which is heavily impacting staff and students and demanding that the University complies with the Equality Act 2010 in relation to disability. The issues on campus were also reported in the media.
https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/union-backs-claims-of-widespread-discrimination-by-hostile-university/

Please come and show your support.

Please contact UCU equalities officer if you can help.  Kirsteen.paton@liv.ac.uk

https://www.ucu.org.uk/disabilityequality?utm_source=lyr-ucu-members&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=members&utm_term=all&utm_content=Day+of+action+for+disability+equality+in+education:+21+November+2018

 

There will be a disabled member of staff speaking, Kirsten (our UCU equalities officer at Liverpool) and a message of solidarity from DPAC would be great.

 

We are leafleting the 502 teaching block because access is none existent or very difficult.

 

 

 Posted by at 18:30
Nov 072018
 

Dear DPAC member

We would love to see you at our forthcoming Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival events in East London, celebrating Disability Art, Culture and Human Rights. Everything is free and inclusive and everyone is welcome. This is the only national Disability Arts event led by a Disabled People’s Organisation. Further programme details are on our website at http://www.together2012.org.uk/activities-programme/together-2018-disability-history-month-festival/

Regards and all best wishes
 
Ju
 
Dr Ju Gosling FRSA
Artistic Director

Together! 2012 C.I.C.
Disability Arts, Culture and Human Rights
ju@together2012.org.uk / 07973 252751
www.together2012.org.uk
Facebook: together2012cic
Twitter: @ukdpctogether
Registered office: 90A Tudor Road, London E6 1DR.
Community Interest Company No 8443767.
Vat No 257 6833 66.


TOGETHER! 2018 FESTIVAL CALENDAR
Full venue details are at the end of the calendar

Friday 23 November 2018 7-9pm: World Premiere of ‘When You See Me’ & Festival Opening This new drama (pictured), commissioned by us from our associate company Act Up! Newham, and written and directed by Trevor Lloyd, is inspired by the Circus 250 anniversary. Stratford Circus 1.

Sunday 25 November 2018 1-2pm: Paracarnival Parade Fresh from winning the Judges Choice award at Hackney Carnival, Paracarnival comes to Newham with a procession of locally based Disabled artists and friends. Gallion’s Reach Shopping Park Beckton.

Saturday 1 December 2018 2-5pm: ‘VIBE: The Art of Transatlantic Inclusion’ A simultaneous symposium and exhibition about our two-year tactile sound project with Concordia University, Vibrafusion Lab Ontario and Disabled artists in Montréal. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford.

Monday 3 December 2018 11am-1pm: Reading for Human Rights On International Day of Disabled People, join us to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights by reading from this and the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People at Beckton Globe Library. Easy Read, BSL and different languages texts available. The event will be live-streamed.

Friday 7 (6-8pm), Saturday 8 (12-8pm) & Sunday 9 December 2018 (12-8pm): Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival Our international film festival brings together films of all budgets and genres, by Disabled filmmakers or featuring a central Disabled character. Old Town Hall Stratford. We also offer a two-day workshop for emerging Disabled filmmakers on 6 & 7 December – email info@together2012.org.uk for further details.

Tuesday 11 December 2018 11am-2pm: Newham Disabled Reps Forum host a musical celebration of Disability History Month, including lunch and a raffle. Speakers include Disability History Month director Richard Rieser. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford.

Friday 14 December 7-9pm: Together! Music Club and end-of-festival party Celebrate this year’s Disability History Month theme of music with an Open Mike night featuring Together! 2012 artists and friends, compered by Ju Gosling aka ju90. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford.

Plus the Together! 2018 Open Exhibition, bringing together amateur, community, emerging and mid-career Disabled artists with a local connection. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford. Dates tbc.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible of audience members as well as artists. All venues have step-free access and limited Blue Badge parking. Live audio-description is available on demand; productions are amplified with induction loops. BSL interpretation is provided for performances where speech is the main communication form. No need to book unless you wish to reserve seats (advised for groups of 5+). To reserve seats and find out more, email info@together2012.org.uk

FESTIVAL VENUES

For specific details, see Disabled Go.com 

Beckton Globe Library 1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ. Nearest station (accessible): Beckton (DLR). 020 3373 0853. Bus routes include: 101, 173, 262, 300, 366, 376, 474.

Gallions Reach Shopping Park, 3 Armada Way, Beckton, London E6 7ER. Nearest station: Gallions Reach DLR (fully accessible). Bus routes include: 366, 262 & 101. Large free carpark. Click here for further details.

Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX. 020 8279 1001. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes 257, 69  and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus in Great Eastern Road; 25, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8 alight at station. Very limited Blue Badge parking nearby; otherwise use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, E15 4HW. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include: 101, 104, 300, 474. Street parking.

 Posted by at 16:20
Nov 042018
 

We’re looking into the possibility of setting up a DPAC choir to sing at various events. If you would be interested in joining this please email us at mail@dpac.uk.net

There would be no regular commitment needed although if possible people might want to attend one or more rehearsals. Please also let us know if you have a (polite) name for a DPAC choir.

 

 

DPAC Protesters blocking Birmingham's tram routes

DPAC Protesters blocking Birmingham’s tram routes

 

 Posted by at 21:01
Nov 042018
 

Monthly demonstration against Universal Credit outside DWP headquarters, Caxton House. Tothill Street. London. SW1H 9DA (near the Houses of Parliament)

Meet 12 PM – 1pm on the 1st Friday of each month including December and January.

Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group used to demonstrate regularly outside their local jobcentres. But they’ve closed both of the local jobcentres. It is now easier for many  to get to the DWPs National Headquarters in Westminster than to get to their nearest remaining jobcentres.

KUWG cordially invite other Londoners, and allies to come and join them.

To contact KUWG please message them via their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kilburn.unemployed

 Posted by at 20:54
Oct 122018
 
Consultation – Share your views on TfL proposals to change 33 bus routes in London

TfL are reviewing bus services that serve the central London area and have made proposals to restructure and change the frequency of 33 routes and to introduce an additional service. This is said to be the biggest shake-up in more than 16 years of London’s bus network.
The new proposals would see the 48, 271 night service and RV1 routes axed. Elsewhere, they are planning to shorten 13 routes, and decrease frequency of a further eight routes. Some routes would see frequencies increased. One new route between Fulham Broadway and Oxford Circus will be introduced under the proposals.

Concerns
TfL’s own impact assessments on these changes show that they would disadvantage disabled people who might need to swop from one bus to another to get accross London. Where there is only one wheelchair space on each bus and prams often are allowed to use this space this could mean far longer journies for disabled people and having to wait at an interchange in cold or wet weather.

In particular Rv1 which they plan to axe completely is the only direct accessible route between London Bridge and Covent Garden.

59 and others not going to Kings Cross requires a change as the tube from Euston to Kings Cross is not accessible and vice versa of course.
205 not stopping at Marylebone which is one of the main rail stations and the only rail station to Oxford, Aylesbury. Banbury, Leamington, Warwick and Solihull.

In a city where only a third of the Underground is accessible, Disabled and older people rely heavily on bus services. Buses are the only mode of transport in London that is fully accessible (despite some regular issues). The plans, which are subject to a public consultation, would hugely affect Disabled and Older People served by the routes, especially the routes that are axed. Reducing the frequency would have a disproportionately negative impact on Disabled people, especially wheelchair and mobility scooter users who already have to fight for their right to access the wheelchair priority space – It is the only space that can host a wheelchair user, one at a time.

TfL’s proposals are based on the fact that passengers could use other nearby routes to complete their journey, when the routes have been shortened or restructured. But it completely ignores the fact that interchanges (such as Elephant and Castle) can be a real challenge for Disabled and Older People and especially for Visually Impaired or autistic people.
Take action – Respond to the consultation
TfA will respond to this consultation in order to share our concerns. We are looking for as much evidence and examples as possible. If you would like to contribute to our answer, please email us your feedback by Friday 2nd November: joshua@transportforall.org.uk.It is important that you share your own views on the proposed changed and especially the impact that it will have on your daily life. You can respond to the consultation yourself by sending your views by Friday 9th November 2018:

 Posted by at 13:30