Jan 112018

More details to follow but there will be a national day of action to call for Universal Credit to be scrapped on March 1st. We hope local groups will be able to support this and please send us details of any planned events to mail@dpac.uk.net. Please save this date to take action against this vile… Continue Reading National Day of Action to #StopandScrap Universal Credit – March 1st

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Jan 092018

DPAC Norfolk: Lobbied against Norfolk STP Protests against WCA outside Maximus assessment centre Protest against PIP at Atos assessment centre Norwich Took part in Norwich Pride parade in July   ROFA -UN CRPD delegation with DPAC. Dpac Glasgow have built link with RMT, unison & PCS. We are co producing with PCS  a benefit survival… Continue Reading Reports from some of our local groups for 2017

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Jan 042018

The NHS is facing one of the worst winter crisis in it’s history, but it’s a crisis not caused by the weather alone, it’s caused by this Governments deliberate underfunding, cuts and privatisation. Along with Health Campaigns Together The People’s Assembly are calling a demonstration to demand that the Government fix the NHS crisis now.… Continue Reading March for the NHS February 3rd London

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Dec 232017

  The DPAC steering group would like to wish everyone our best wishes for the festive season and the New Year. We’ll be posting an update of our activities, and those of some of our local groups, this year as soon as possible and have some exciting events and plans for 2018. Our fightback against… Continue Reading Season’s Greetings

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Dec 212017

Today, the 21st  of December, the High Court judge Mr Justice Mostyn allowed the claim in the case of RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The case was brought by a Disabled person with mental health support needs to challenge the changes the government made to Personal Independence Payment Regulations in March… Continue Reading Big legal victory for Disabled people: the DWP’s changes to PIP regulations were declared unlawful today

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Dec 202017

Assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work  – your experience There is a Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work. To inform Inclusion London’s evidence to the inquiry I would be grateful if you can send me: Your experience of assistive technology, both the… Continue Reading Assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work  – your experience

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Dec 192017

The outcome of the PIP legal challenge against the changes to who qualifies for Mobility component which will affect people with a MH condition is due to be handed down this week – either tomorrow or Thursday and there are a number of press people interested in reporting on it. However they want to speak… Continue Reading Pip legal challenge – could you speak to the media

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Dec 152017

Closure of the independent living fund and the negative impacts of funding shortfall for maintaining individuals’ care packages has been the centre of disabled peoples independent living campaigns since 2012. Whilst cuts to state-funded assistance have been blamed on austerity, there is one area of care that is rolling in cash, hundreds millions of pounds… Continue Reading The Need to Fight Institutionalisation by Simone Aspis

Dec 112017

This guide has been produced by Winvisible with support from others. If your GP or support worker etc don’t know what to do this information should be passed onto them. Benefit assessments – exemption to protect ‘vulnerable’ patients There is a great deal of evidence about the profound distress which face-to-face assessments for disability benefits… Continue Reading Advice for Professionals re- exemptions for people facing assessments

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Dec 092017

DWP freefone numbers December 2017 Access to work 08001217479 Benefit enquiry line 08001690310 DLA adult and child 08001214600 DLA mobility 08001216379 DWP online help desk 08001690154 Induustrial Injuries Disabled benefit 08001218379 Jobcentre enquiry line 08001690190 Maternity Allowance enquiry line 08001690283 PIP enquiries 08001214433 Social Fund enquiries 08001690140 UC live service 0800 3289344 UC full service… Continue Reading New DWP Freephone Numbers – including UC numbers

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Dec 092017

Sarah Graham – Freelance Journalist #JournoRequest:Sarah wants to hear from disabled young adults (20-30ish) who are desperate to move out of their parents’ home but struggling to find the accessible housing they’d need to live independently. Perhaps you’d need certain adaptations that housing providers and private landlords aren’t prepared to make, or your local authority… Continue Reading Journalist looking for young disabled people

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Dec 082017

Work & Pensions Committee hears from specialist disability groups on the PIP and ESA assessments on Monday One of the big concerns the Committee has heard about DWP’s contracted PIP and ESA assessors is how their staff are qualified to assess the impact of multiple, serious and complex physical and mental health conditions on people’s lives, and how those… Continue Reading Monday: Committee hears from specialist disability groups on the PIP and ESA assessments

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Dec 082017

As people are likely to know Phillip Hammond is blaming disabled people being part of the UK workforce for lower productivity rates. This is without any evidence being provided to support this bollocks. So we’d like to reply to Phillip and let him know what we all think about this latest abuse. Please feel free… Continue Reading Our Response to Phillip Hammond

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Dec 062017

A  new resource to find help and advice in your area has been launched today. It’s by LASA, the charity which runs RightsNet and other services. The services it signposts you too are all vetted too. Just enter your postcode and ask it for the service you need. https://advicelocal.uk/   Advicelocal

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Dec 052017

Many of the areas identified by the United Nations disability committee where regression of Disabled people’s rights are taking place are socio-economic. Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 that has never been implemented would place a duty on all public bodies to assess the socio-economic impact of all policy decisions. This would add an… Continue Reading Action on Equality Rights – ask your MP to support the enforcement of section 1 of the Equality Act 2010

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Nov 302017

Difficulties accessing Universal Credit? Please let Al at Inclusion London know any difficulties you have had with accessing Universal Credit.  We will pass this information to the DWP who are now interested in making the application process for Universal Credit (UC) more accessible. Difficulties with accessing UC could include: A lack of accessible information about… Continue Reading Difficulties accessing Universal Credit?

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Nov 212017

On November 16 2017, during a  House of Lords debate on Universal Credit, Lord Shinkwin, who is himself disabled, accused MPs from the ‘hard left’ of scaremongering, and exaggerating the problems that Universal Credit is causing. We know that the problems are already very real, and directly impacting on disabled people. When Disabled people in… Continue Reading Universal Credit – have you had a bad experience? Let Lord Shinkwin know

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Nov 212017

NDEPENDENT LIVING CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE Saturday 25th November, 2017   11am – 4:30pm 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA The aim of the conference is to take stock of the key barriers to independent living that Disabled people who use adult social care services face. The day will aim to assess how far the situation has deteriorated… Continue Reading Independent Living Campaign Conference – November 25th

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Nov 182017

Thanks to Nick Dilworth who wrote this template letter You can follow him @Mylegalforum http://ilegal.org.uk/   [Your Address]   The Customer Complaints Manager [Address of your Employment & Support Allowance Office] *shown on your most recent correspondence from them   Date   Dear Sir / Madam, National Insurance No: Arrears of Employment & Support Allowance which… Continue Reading Template letter for claimants who may be affected and entitled to arrears of ESA

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Nov 172017

        Support the Budget Day Sack the Tories protests arranged by the People’s Assembly. Meet Downing Street, November 21st from 6pm- 7.30 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1968486683476948/ #SackTheTories – BUDGET DAY PROTEST Stop the Universal Credit Crisis – Stop Tax Avoidance – Fund Our NHS Day of action the night before the Budget November 21st… Continue Reading November 21st, London and nationwide #Sack The Tories Protests

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Nov 162017

The last chance to see the Resistance Exhibition in London before it goes around the country (Autumn 2018 and onwards). We’re delighted to be part of Makerversity’s Tools for Change, where makers have been creating imaginative protest materials. If you can make it down between Saturday 18 and Wednesday 23 November to Somerset House on… Continue Reading Resistance Exhibition

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Nov 162017

On the 22nd of November, the statistics of “excess winter deaths” from 2016 will be released. At the same time, Ofgem are considering details of their “safeguard” cap, which excludes many who need it most – see post about this here: https://dpac.uk.net/tag/vulnerable-customer-safeguard-cap/ Fuel Poverty Action believes next week would be a good opportunity to present Ofgem… Continue Reading Call out for help to lobby Ofgem againt exclusions from Safeguard Cap Protection

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Nov 142017

one of our members has written to Christian and if anyone else woudl liek to his email address is christian@horleyconservatives.com Dear Mr. Stevens (Tory Councillor for Horley, West Sussex), I watched your performance on BBC QT with shock and disgust. Your cognitive dissonance, delivered with such religious fervour, is as repulsive now as it was… Continue Reading Awaiting repsonse from Christian Horley – the death denying Tory on last week’s Question Time

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