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Leading disabled people’s charities vote to form ‘Disability Rights UK’

25 October 2011

 

Disability Alliance, the National Centre for Independent Living and Radar have agreed to unify to form ‘Disability Rights UK’.

After more than a year of negotiations and supporting recommendations from the current Boards of Trustees, the AGMs of the three existing charities have now formally agreed the process to unify on 1 January 2012.

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive Designate of the new Disability Rights UK, says:

“It is fantastic that the members of the three organisations have voted overwhelmingly in favour of coming together to create the largest pan-disability national organisation led by disabled people, which will enable many more disabled people to have a voice.”

The current charities have over 600 member organisations across the UK as well as over 500 individual disabled people as members. Disability Rights UK will be well placed to represent the views of all disabled people across a range of different impairment groups and health conditions.

Leading disabled people’s charities vote to form ‘Disability Rights UK’

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Potential DLA legal challenge – Disability Alliance UK (United Kingdom)

2 July 2011

 UPDATED WITH BBC VIDEO – Watch from 1 mins 48 secs

You may have heard that Disability Alliance might be taking legal action against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over some Government welfare plans. Our legal advisors, Unity Law, have examined Government plans and believe there is a very credible case.

Disability Alliance is especially concerned over plans to abolish Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working age people (defined as 16-64 years of age by DWP) and introduce a new benefit (Personal Independence Payment – PIP) which will have a £2.17 billion lower budget by 2015. PIP will not provide an equivalent level of support for the 652,000 disabled people currently receiving low rate care DLA payments.

We have raised our concerns with DWP over the last year, since plans were announced in June 2010. We have ensured our member organisations’ views and those of the disabled people we have surveyed have been communicated to DWP. We have aired concerns in meetings, briefings, a consultation and evidence to two parliamentary committees. Over 5,500 organisations and people responded to the Government consultation on DLA reform. But concerns have sadly gone unanswered and the Government have made no changes to plans to reflect the level of anxiety disabled people and organisations like Disability Alliance have communicated.

Potential DLA legal challenge – Disability Alliance UK (United Kingdom)

Disability Living Allowance reform – public consultation

16 December 2010

Background

This consultation seeks your views on the Government‘s proposals to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new benefit – Personal Independence Payment. The Personal Independence Payment will continue to be a non-means tested, extra costs benefit but everyone receiving it will have to undergo a new assessment (including people currently receiving DLA).

Read in full here

Disability Alliance  will be responding to the consultation. You can feed into our response through our online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/s/dlareform.

This will help us respond in full to the Government’s plans and ensure we cover all your views Thank you for completing our survey.

We would also like to see your answers to the Government’s consultation questions which we have provided online here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/dlareformgovtquestions
 
Please also see the DWP consultation document online at: www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2010/dla-reform.shtml

DA press release

Responses from this consultation will inform secondary legislation on the detailed design of the benefit, including requirements for the new assessment.

You can keep in touch with Disability Alliance activity on DLA reform by completing our survey and giving us your email or other contact details.

Please do distribute to help us generate as strong a response as possible.


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