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… Continue Reading Together, Disability History Month Events in and around Newham.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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… Continue Reading DPAC Choir needs volunteers
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… Continue Reading New Monthly Demos Against UC at DWP Head Office
DPAC Submission to Permanent Peoples Tribunal on migration, London, 2018. It is of course extremely important to challenge the exploitation of migrants and refugees in all contexts. However, using evidence from work with disabled asylum seekers, we suggest that campaigns for the ‘right to work’ need to be treated with caution for a number of… Continue Reading DPAC Submission to the Permanent People’s Tribunal Hearing on violations of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples 3rd & 4th November
DWP refuses to say if it followed death review advice on ‘threatening’ universal credit Ministers are refusing to say if they acted on the recommendations of a secret review that linked the death of a benefit claimant with the “threatening” conditions they were forced to accept when signing up to universal credit. The Department for… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service – 1st November
Autistic woman ‘left sick and broken’ by two-year universal credit delay An autistic woman says she has been left without vital financial support – and life-saving medication – for nearly two years because she cannot cope with the face-to-face interview she must undergo to complete her universal credit claim. Claire*, who lives in the Manchester… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service
Concluding observations on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Alternative report from civil society Content Introduction Overview of key concerns Response to UKG’s Follow Up report to the Concluding Observations Civil society follow up information on recommendations made by the Committee in paragraph 114 of its inquiry… Continue Reading Concluding observations on the initial report of the UK Government by Disabled People’s Organisations
DWP faces nearly 60 disability discrimination tribunal cases in 20 months The Employment Tribunal has dealt with almost 60 claims of disability discrimination taken against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by its own staff over a 20-month period, new research has shown. A database on the Employment Tribunal website shows that, since it… Continue Reading This week’s news from Disability News Service
Thanks to those who contributed their time and energy to speaking about their experiences. Film produced in collaboration between Redweather Productions, Rebecca Yeo, DPAC Bristol, Bristol Hospitality Network.
We are the UK correspondents for the french-german TV ARTE. We are getting in touch for a report we wanted to make about Universal credit and its impact on disabled people. Could you help us to get in touch with a disabled person who has been affected by universal credit and who could explain to… Continue Reading European Journalists making a programme on Universal Credit looking for people to interview
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… Continue Reading Important Consultation on Cutting London Bus Services
With thanks to Shirin for this information that might help others…. I sent a letter to Capita to request reasonable adjustments per the Equality Act 2010. Had no reply so rang them and was told that if you write to the address on the appointment letter, it will not be “picked up” as that is… Continue Reading Beware when writing to Capita over PIP
[Thanks to John Pring] Anger and dismay after Labour back-tracks on pledge to scrap universal credit Labour has infuriated its own disabled members by backtracking on a public pledge by the shadow chancellor that the party would scrap universal credit if it won the next general election. John McDonnell drew widespread praise when he told… Continue Reading Latest News from Disability News Service – 11th October
Day of Action on the 17th October for Safe Cladding and Insulation Now! Schedule, updates, and victories 0 am Solidarity demonstration outside UK Embassy, Brussels 45 for 1.0 pm Demonstrate outside Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF, deliver Open Letter (have you signed?) 0 pm event in House… Continue Reading Day of Action on the 17th October for Safe Cladding and Insulation Now!
Thanks to Nigel Peirce for setting up our Preston DPAC Group, which brings our growing number of local DPAC’s to 39, in towns and cities in all parts of the UK. DPAC members in the Preston area can join by emailing email@example.com If you want to know if there is a DPAC group in your… Continue Reading Announcing our new DPAC Group in Preston
On Wednesday 3rd of October about 40 activists from many parts of the country including Brighton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Berkshire, London, Manchester, Norfolk, Northampton, Preston Stafford, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Castle Bromwich and even Birmingham descended on Birmingham to protest at the Tory Party Conference and bring attention to the continuous attacks we have faced for… Continue Reading DPAC Protest at the Tory Conference – pictures
Many people email us at DPAC wanting to tell their own story about what it’s like to be a disabled person in Britain today. So we’re putting up a place where people who wish to can record their own story. There are three main categories, about Social Care, Access & Discrimination and about being a… Continue Reading Tell your story about being a disabled person in Britain today
[With thanks to John Pring, Editor DNS] Tory conference: Charity’s silence on universal credit deaths, hours after minister announces £51m funding A charity has refused to criticise the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over four deaths linked to universal credit, hours after a minister announced it would receive tens of millions of pounds to… Continue Reading Latest News from Disability News Service
I’m a Correspondent with ITV Granada and looking to highlight the impact of local authority cuts on people’s care packages. I’ve done a series of reports on the impact of changes in the benefits system http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-02-08/people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-failings-in-benefit-system/ If you would like to talk to a a journalist about how cuts to social care have affected you,… Continue Reading Social Care Cuts: Do you live in the North West and would you like to talk to a Journalist?
In parallel with DPAC’s direct action outside the Tory Conference during Theresa May’s keynote speech, we are also calling for a twitterstorm protest online for those who can’t make it to Brum The details are: Date and Time: October 3rd from midday onwards Hashtags: #CPC18, #ToryCutsKill and #HostileEnvironment We’ve prepared a gallery of memes made… Continue Reading Tory Party Conference TwitterStorm Oct 3rd from Noon
Direct Action Against the Tories, October 3rd from 11.30 am meeting outside Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square then moving elsewhere. Fed Up of Conference speeches and MPs lying? Join Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) for some targeted resistance and direct action in Birmingham- see our fantastic new and very, very large banner and listen… Continue Reading Press Release: Direct Action against the Tory Conference October 3rd
Labour conference: Right-wing journalist faces ban call after ‘safe space’ video Disabled party members are calling on Labour to ban a prominent right-wing journalist from future events after she posted a video on social media mocking the provision of a “safe space” used by disabled people at this week’s party conference. The party has told… Continue Reading Hot off the press: This week’s news from Disability News Service
[Text and video by Potent Whisper (@PotentOfficial)] As part of the release of the video below, we are inviting people to share their stories of austerity using the hashtag #AusterityAndMe So… this is my story… My mum devoted her life to working with people with mental health problems, advocating and championing their human rights. She… Continue Reading The Rhyming Guide to Austerity by Potent Whisper #AusterityAndMe
We received a message from a disabled person, Shirley Naylor, about Margaret Greenwood’s speech yesterday. The message is reproduced below, with Shirley’s permission, because Shirley wants Margaret Greenwood and the Labour Party to get her message. We are asking our members and supportters to send this message via this blog piece to Margaret Greenwood, Marsha… Continue Reading A message from a disabled person to Margaret Greenwood, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Minister #Lab18
Call for Participants: Do you feel your secondary school is inclusive? Are there Accessibility Plans in place? Tell us about your experiences. By law, schools should make Accessibility Plans to enable Disabled children and young people to access school facilities and make the most of their education. However, there have been no studies to find… Continue Reading Call for Participants: Tell Allfie about your experiences of access to education