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Commission launches new information on human rights

As part of their role to promote understanding of human rights, the Equality & Human Rights Commission has launched a new section on their website aimed at bringing human rights explaining how they work and the protections they offer. There is a very informative animation on the website explaining human rights in an aceessible way. More here

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Imperial War Museum seeks your support

From Imperial War Museum:

Over at IWM North we’ve had some really exciting news. Our if:Volunteering for wellbeing programme has been shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards Best Health Project.

We’d really appreciate your support, as we have a fantastic opportunity to win. The project is clearly changing people’s lives and improving wellbeing, as you can see from the quotes below. It would be great if you could please share the text in red on your social media and internal comms pages/emails to get us off to a good start in the public vote.

Our friends at @IWMNorth & @McrMuseum have been nominated for a @LottoGoodCauses Award. Please vote for them here: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
About the project:if:Volunteering for Wellbeing is an exciting volunteer training and placement programme led by IWM North and Manchester Museum. The programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The ten week training course uses the unique collections and spaces of IWM North, Manchester Museum or Museum of Science & Industry to develop communication, interpersonal, teamwork and customer service skills. Participants learn about their chosen Museum, volunteer roles and gain nationally recognised qualifications.
‘The programme has given me so much confidence, inspired my desire to learn and renewed my enthusiasm for life as a result.’ Volunteer 2014″Has the course changed my life? Yes and more. It has actually given me back my life, a life seemingly lost to lack of hope and depression”. Volunteer 2015

Read more here – www.volunteeringforwellbeing.org.uk

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First figures on ESA mandatory reconsideration ‘show it is just a delaying tactic’

From Disability News Service

Official figures suggest that a new appeal stage introduced for unsuccessful claimants has been little more than a delaying tactic aimed at reducing the number of disabled people claiming benefits, say campaigners.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally published statistics showing the impact of the process on claimants of the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA).

Since October 2013, claimants of ESA and other benefits who want to dispute a decision made on their claim have had to ask DWP to reconsider the decision – a “mandatory reconsideration” (MR) – before they are allowed to lodge an appeal with the independent benefits tribunal system.

And now the first MR figures to be published by DWP show that only about 10 per cent of ESA claimants who appeal through the MR process are successful.

When MR was first introduced, DWP civil servants were overturning more than 40 per cent of ESA decisions.

But that figure has now fallen dramatically, and in the last year only 11 per cent of decisions have been “revised and allowed” – out of more than 10,000 MRs a month – with the proportion dropping even further in the first months of 2016.

For claimants who dispute being found fit for work, the success rate is even lower, although it is not possible to calculate from the figures published so far how it has changed since October 2013.

Campaigners and benefits experts have stressed that it is not possible to draw firm conclusions from the figures because it is not yet clear how many of those claimants turned down at the MR stage went on to be successful at a tribunal.

But they suggested that the figures show the MR stage is simply delaying the benefits process, and pushing disabled people already at risk of poverty into greater hardship.

More here

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DPAC Manchester Manchester: National Day Of Action Against Sham PIP Assessments – Wed 13th July

From DPAC:

Atos, Maximus and Capita are literally making a killing from conducting sham assessments which are seeing thousands of legitimate claimants having their benefits refused, their incomes slashed and their motability cars removed. Whilst the success rate at tribunal is high, it is taking up to 6 months or longer for cases to be heard – leaving disabled people struggling unecessarily. Medical ‘professionals’ usually trained at public expense are deserting the NHS in order to conduct these murderous sham assessments in return for higher rates of pay. We say that all assessments should be carried out by the treatment teams in the community, and that rather than pouring taxpayer money into the poverty pimp industry, the state should be properly funding the NHS and benefits should meet the needs of all that are eligible. It is time to step up the struggle and to demand that the corporate assessors #DoNoHarm.This day of action has been called jointly by MHRN, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and WinVisible – women with visible & invisible disabilities

More here

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Fifteen To One looking for contestants

TV’s iconic quiz show is back and they’re looking for you!

Fifteen To One, the classic quiz, is back for another series and looking for contestants.

Do you have what it takes to win the title of Fifteen To One ‘Grand Champion’ and a massive £40,000?

If so, apply to be a contestant now!

For an application email:
15to1apps@remedyproductions.tv

Are you up to the challenge?
Find us on Twitter: @15to1quiz

You can only apply once so please only send one completed application form. Successful applicants will be granted one audition only. All applicants must be 18 years or over and be legally resident in the UK. Terms and conditions apply.

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Disabled man to sue NHS Trust over court order enforcing 3am removal from home

A disabled man says he plans to sue after a High Court judge gave medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorised the use of force.

Aamir Mazhar, 25, who lives in Birmingham, says he aims to take legal action against health bosses who asked Mr Justice Mostyn to make the order – at an out-of-hours telephone hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

He says the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust breached his human rights and deprived him of his liberty.

More here

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New Opinion piece by Rupy Kaur about the recent news about the Dean Trust and Ashton-on-Mersey school

GMCDP member Rupy Kaur has written a great blog piece on her thoughts on recent decisions from the Dean Trust and the Ashton-on-Mersey (more on the subject here)

“Ashton on Mersey were trail blazers. Now they are setting the clock back.As a disabled student Ashton on Mersey delivered a great education for me. Now they are set to put up barriers for the next generation of disabled students.”

 I was born in the late ‘80s, an era where disability was kept out of the norm, and a disabled child attending a mainstream school was taboo. I started my early years at a “special needs” nursery called Rodney House, followed by a “special needs” primary school, Lancasterian. The reasoning for this was that I was born with cerebral palsy, and that, because I was disabled, special needs schools were the only kind that would accept me.

 Don’t get me wrong, special school had its perks in that I would receive physiotherapy every day, and occasional hydrotherapy. But that was it. I was not pushed academically, and I was bored. We did get workbooks that I completed with enthusiasm, and in some respects I thought I was a mini Einstein as I was so quick to finish them.

 

More here

 

Opinion

 

Bus companies must give wheelchair users priority says human rights watchdog

Bus companies must give wheelchair users priority on vehicles and drop “first come, first served” policies for passengers, an official human rights watchdog will tell the supreme court.

Supporting a test case on the rights of disabled people, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will on Wednesday call for clearer policies to ensure wheelchairs users can travel more easily.

The case has been brought by Doug Paulley, a wheelchair user, who tried to board a FirstGroup bus from Wetherby to Leeds in February 2012. The wheelchair space was being used by a mother with a pushchair and a sleeping child. She rejected the driver’s request to move or fold the pushchair and so the driver told Paulley he could not board the bus.

Paulley sued the company for discrimination. In December 2014 the court of appeal decided that transport firms were not required to force one traveller to make way for another. Paulley is now challenging that decision at the UK’s highest court.

More here

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DPAC – National Day of Action Against PIP

From DPAC:

Fightback

National Day of Action Against PIP

Wednesday 13th July 2016

#PIPFightBack

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is the replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Whilst DLA worked to provide support for the extra costs of being disabled, and the system worked well, the whole PIP system is rotten to the core.

The whole purpose of making the change from DLA to PIP is to remove people’s entitlements to the vital support which DLA provided to help enable disabled people to live a life on more even terms with non disabled people.

With the PIP assessment regime now in place, thousands of people have already lost out and reports of the shoddy nature of the assessments are growing every week. Whilst the success rate at tribunal is high, it is taking up to 6 months or longer for cases to be heard – leaving disabled people struggling

Atos and Capita are making a killing from conducting sham PIP assessments which are seeing thousands of legitimate claimants having their benefits refused, their incomes slashed and their motability cars removed.

More here

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ESA survey

From DPAC:

An important survey on the experiences of applying for ESA to complete the survey go to: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/experiences-of-applying-f…

We have copied the first page here for more information

I am a PhD student at the University of Leeds who has personal experience of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and attending a Work Capability Assessment.

My research is looking at changes over time in the way the government defines ‘disability’ for the purposes of employment-related disability benefits, its relation to the economy, and how this definition compares with disabled people’s lived experiences.

As part of this research I am gathering people’s experiences of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and in particular the Work Capability Assessment and how well they feel this reflects and understands their lives.

If you have ever applied for Employment and Support Allowance (including if you are not currently recieving it) I would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey. All answers are confidential and anonymous. No information will be shared with any other individual or organsiation and when writing up my research I will ensure that no respondants can be identified. None of the questions are compulsory and you can save the survey to complete at a later time at any point.

I would really appreciate it if you could help with this research. Having been through the process of applying for ESA myself, I know it can be distressing to recall the experience so if at any point you are finding it very difficult to continue please don’t.

If you have any further questions please contact me at: ss10rm@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you very much for your time.

Survey link: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/experiences-of-applying-f…

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LGBTQI Disabled People and Social Care Support survey

Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQI), Disabled and organising some or all of your own social care?

Perhaps you are using a direct payment, a personal budget or your own money to pay for support workers or Personal Assistants (PAs)?

Do you live in England? If so we need your help.

Next-to-nothing is known about the use of social care support by disabled people from the LGBTQI community. That’s why four organisations are finding out more about your needs and experiences.

We will use what you tell us to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI Disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.

Please spare 20 minutes to help our research by completing this online survey available at: https://timmus.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lgbtqi-survey

If you would like a paper copy of this survey or assistance in completing it, please contact Dr Heather Ottaway (heather.ottaway@bristol.ac.uk).

Thanks for your help with this important research. Please feel free to forward this email to any individual or group who may be interested or able to assist in spreading the word.

Professor David Abbott and Dr Heather Ottaway (University of Bristol), Dr Ju Gosling (Regard), Tom Morrison (Stonewall), Pete Fleischmann (SCIE)

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Infoshare – Manchester Deaf Centre, Wednesday 13th July

Are you a disabled person?
Do you live in Manchester?
Come along and find out what is on offer!

On 13 July, from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People is holding an information sharing event.

Organisations offering support, services and resources for disabled people in Manchester will be there to tell you what they have on offer.

Info-Share will be in the large hall at the Deaf Centre, Crawford House, at the corner of Booth Street East and Oxford Road.

If you want to find out more, or come along, please let Linda know, so we can make the day comfortable and accessible for you.

Phone: 0161 636 7535
Email: lmarsh@gmcdp.com
Mobile for texts: 07508 537561

Facebook event page here

 

Equality Forum at GMCDP!

This is a great opportunity for disabled people of all ages living in Manchester to come to debate and discuss topical issues important to disabled people.

Come along – suggest other topics to discuss.

This is your discussion time!

This session: Europe – In or Out? Discuss this hot topic – the impact of staying in or leaving Europe may have on disabled people.

*Please let us know you are coming, so we are sure we have enough space.*

Contact Linda by phone 0161 636 7535 or email lmarsh@gmcdp.com letting us know your access requirements.

Forums will be held 6:00–8:30pm on the third Thursday of each month in Unit 4 at the Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, M13 7WD.
space!

Facebook group here

Independent Living Still a Postcode Lottery

The Independent Living Fund (ILF), which supported those with high support needs to live independently was closed by the government in 2015. Responsibility for former ILF recipients has now passed to local authorities, and central government has provided transition funding through until 2020.

At the end of March 2016 GMCDP submitted Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests to all 10 Greater Manchester authorities asking how they allocate the devolved ILF transition funding. Specifically we asked:

  1. 2015/16: Do you currently ring-fence the devolved ILF transition fund (e.g. Is the money currently used to maintain the care support packages of former ILF recipients)?
  1. 2016/20: Will you ring-fence the ILF transitions fund up to 2020 (e.g. Will the money be used to maintain the care support packages of former ILF recipients)?

Of the the 10 authorities, only 1 (Wigan) failed to reply.

Q1: Of the 9 authorities who responded 7 authorities (Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Tameside, Stockport, Trafford and Bury) confirmed that for 2015/16 ILF transition funding had been ring fenced to maintain the support of former ILF recipients. 1 authority (Oldham) said that the 2015/16 ILF transition funding had not been ring fenced to maintain the support of former ILF recipients and 1 local authority (Rochdale), failed to directly answer the question, although we suspect the answer is ‘no’.

Q2: In response to the second  question, of the 9 authorities that did respond, 2 authorities (Bolton and Tameside) gave an unequivocal ‘yes’ to continue ring-fencing the ILF transition funding to support former ILF recipients through until 2020 and 3 authorities (Stockport, Oldham and Trafford) gave an unequivocal ’no’. The remaining authorities did not directly answer the question, with 2 authorities (Manchester and Salford) saying they were awaiting further clarification from central government before making a decision, 1 authority (Bury) suggested that former ILF recipients funding is currently ring fenced but this would be reviewed on an annual basis, and 1 authority (Rochdale) suggesting that money would not be ring-fenced.

(For individual local authority responses, see appendix A )

Conclusions

It is clear from the responses received that independent living for former ILF recipients is a postcode lottery in Greater Manchester and that most of our local councils are refusing to use the government funding to support former ILF recipients.

Lorraine Gradwell, Co- Deputy Chair of GMCDP commented that “our FOI requests reveal that all our local authorities have separate plans for the transferred ILF funds, despite the fact that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) plan says ‘each locality is putting the money we have for health and social care into pooled budgets’.”

Brian Hilton, GMCDP Campaigns Officer and former ILF recipient said “this problem has been created by central government but many of the Greater Manchester authorities are also failing us, failing to support us and failing to inform us of what’s happening.”

Lorraine points out that the GMCA Plan – Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care states that ‘our plans are developed on co-design and collaboration’, “but the voices of ILF users have not been sought”.

Brian said that former ILF recipients are “fearful that the support offered by local authorities via Personal Budgets are increasingly about providing the bare minimum, so called clean and feed’, which is not Independent Living”.

More here

Job Vacancy at Trafford Centre for Independent Living – Health and Social Care Support Broker

From Trafford Centre for Independent Living

Do you understand social care and the Care Act?

Could you assist people to make the most of their health and social care budgets?

Are you passionate about supporting people to access high quality, person centred services?

Would you like to work as part of a great team, making a difference to people lives here in Trafford?

Health and Social Care Support Broker

£19,635 (35 hours per week), initially until 31/3/2018.

(Job share by agreement).

You’ll work with individuals and their families to develop, budget and implement their support plan, to meet agreed outcomes (health and social care) in a person centred way.

This includes providing information on other aspects of personalisation, and signposting to universal services, community resources, advice, advocacy and wellbeing services.

You’ll be passionate about empowering people to increase their independence and improve their wellbeing by identifying and building on their strengths, their circles of support and involvement in their communities.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, and we are looking for a broker who will be responsive to the diversity of the people we support.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled people with experience of health and wellbeing, or those with experience of empowering people with a disability and promoting choice and control.

 

How to apply:

Please complete our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, and return them to hello@traffordcil.co.uk   or post them to us at

Trafford CIL,

Marshall House,

2 Park Avenue,

Sale,

Manchester,

M33 6HE.

Closing date for all applications is 9am on 13TH June 2016. 

Interviews will be the on 15th June in Trafford. 

To download the job pack, visit www.traffordcil.co.uk   and click on ‘About Us’, then ‘Work for Us’.

 

If you are interested in applying for this role and would value an informal conversation with our Advocacy and Brokerage Manager, Judy Sutherland, please contact her on 0161 850 0645.

 

If you have any difficulties downloading information or require additional support, please speak to our reception team – Janet Garrod or Sue Sandiford on 0161 850 0645.

Trafford CIL is committed to Equal Opportunities.  We welcome applications from all races, sexes and people with disabilities.  Our selection process is designed to select, promote and treat people on the basis of their merits and abilities within British Law.

This role is subject to DBS clearance, the cost of which will be met by Trafford CIL.

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Job Vacancies at Manchester Mind

Manchester MIND have some new job vacancies. They are only able to accept applications on their own application form. Make sure you download the correct paperwork for any job you are interested in. They have plain text versions of all documents so please let them know if you require this – more details on the website here. Or contact yasp@manchestermind.org | 0161 221 3054

 

COUNSELLOR | £26,276 (pro rata) | 12 hours per week | Temporary post with funding secured until August 2017| Application deadline is 12pm midday on 6th June 2016

You can read more about this opportunity here  in the full advert and you can download all the application details here .

 

ADVICE TEAM LEADER | £27,924 (pro rata) | 17.5 hours a week | This is a permanent post with funding secured until 2021|Application deadline is 12pm midday on 6th June 2016

You can read more about this opportunity here in the full advert and you can download all the application details here

 

ADVISOR |£22,937 (pro rata) | 17.5 hours a week | This is a permanent post with funding secured until 2021| Application deadline is 12pm midday on 6th June 2016

You can read more about this opportunity here in the full advert and you can download all the application details here.

 

PARTICIPATION DEVELOPMENT WORKER | £16,998 (pro rata) | 17.5 hours a week |This is a temporary post for two years | Application deadline is 12pm midday on 6th June 2016

You can read more about this opportunity here  in the full advert and you can download all the application details here

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Disabilty History by Disabled People – Manchester Central Library, 3rd of June 2016

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People highlights 30 years of campaigning and activism by local disabled people at the Manchester Histories Festival on 3rd of June. Call in and chat to GMCDP staffand members and explore disability activism through our exhibitions, photos and publications. We are also proud to showcase ‘The Accessibles’ comic – developed by our young disabled people’s projects, which presents a time travelling tale focusing on Disability History In Manchester (and which recently won the Manchester Community History Award 2016)

When? Friday 3rd June 2016 (10.00am – 4:00pm)

Where? Manchester Central Library – Performance space 1

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Not Dead Yet protest at ‘Me Before You’ premiere

Campaigners from Not Dead Yet protested at the national premiere of the film Me Before You.  The film tells the story of a young man who becomes a disabled person after an accident and falls in love with his ‘carer’. They have a fantastic year together but despite her protests, he decides to end his life at Dignitas so she can ‘move on and he is no longer a burden to her’.

Not Dead Yet say that they are ‘deeply concerned to see yet another film which casts non-disabled people as disabled people and shows the lives of disabled people as not worth living.’

A group of activists from Not Dead Yet unfurled a banner condemning the film as a “disability snuff movie”, whilst cast members including Emilia Clarke, Jenna Coleman and Joanna Lumley arrived on the the red carpet at the London event for the film, based on the best-selling novel by British author Jojo Moyes.

Among the protesters was campaigner, Sian Vasey. She said: “I know the basic plot, which is that the male lead has an accident and becomes disabled, but after a year or so of time in quite a happy relationship then decides that he doesn’t want to be a burden and takes himself off to Dignitas to commit suicide.

More here

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Welfare Action Gathering, Saturday 9th July

From Unite Community Manchester

Welfare Action Gathering, Saturday 9th July

On Saturday 9th July Boycott Workfare will be holding its 4th Welfare Action Gathering with Unite Community Manchester, and is inviting groups from across the country to join us. We will be coming together in the glorious city of Manchester to share ideas, tactics, tips and concerns about current and future attacks on Welfare. It will be a day of learning from each other and an opportunity to plan how to work together to continue to defend these fundamental rights.
Previous gatherings have seen a huge wealth of knowledge shared and have been a catalyst for further successes in the fightback. It is vital that at a time when there are continuing attempts to fundamentally undermine basic rights to welfare and a dignity of life, that those opposing these injustices come together in solidarity and support our sister struggles and exchange our expertise.
Looming particularly large is the shambolic Universal Credit, which is extending its ever harsher and complex rules over an increasing number of people: a bureaucratic beast, not even fully understood by those implementing it.
As we have seen with so many other schemes and laws, concerted effort by activist organisations can, and have been successful in ending unfair changes to welfare. DPACs role in defeating the attempts to cut disability benefits comes to mind as a recent example! And we have all seen the difference made to individual cases and legislation, by the knowledge and support activist organisations provide.
This Welfare Action Gathering offers a chance to celebrate these successes, share how they were achieved, and to focus our energies on the future struggles ahead. It also offers an opportunity to put faces to the names of people that you have been communicating with.
The day will be based around themed workshops and group discussions. Therefore if you have an idea for one of these sessions, or if there is something that you feel would be important to cover, please suggest it. Contact Liam at boycottworkfare@gmail. The broader the range of voices and ideas, the better.
Obviously, no-one (despite what the DWP believe) can work on a empty stomach, so free and tasty lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Boycott Workfare also have a budget for paying for transport to and from the gathering, for those near and far, so please ask about this.

Saturday 9th July, The Mechanics’ Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD. Starting and finishing times to be confirmed.
Come and join us for a day of information sharing, discussion, bonding, uniting and fun!

Contact Liam at boycottworkfare@gmail.com to register your interest.

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Crabb hints at lengthy delays to manifesto pledge on disability jobs gap

From Disability News Service:

The new work and pensions secretary has suggested the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap will face lengthy delays, after he said he wanted to spend a “few years” testing how to achieve the target.

Stephen Crabb, who was appointed after the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith in March, was giving evidence for the first time to the Commons work and pensions select committee.

Tory ministers have repeatedly referred to their commitment to halving the gap of about 30 percentage points between the employment rates of disabled people (less than 50 per cent) and non-disabled people (about 80 per cent).

Halving the gap would mean finding jobs for more than one million more disabled people.

Last year’s general election manifesto said a Conservative government would “aim to halve the disability employment gap”, one of just eight mentions of the words “disabled” or “disability” in the 84-page document.

Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured during the session), a former director of Disability Rights UK, asked Crabb what “milestones” he would use to measure the success of the “very welcome and ambitious manifesto commitment” to halve the disability employment gap, when the proportion of working-age disabled people in work had fallen over the last six years.

Disability Rights UK has stressed the importance of setting milestones, in its submission to the committee’s inquiry into halving the gap, pointing out that “interim targets could be expected to drive institutional change and it could be expected that the government would wish to know if it was on track”.

But Crabb said that rather than setting interim targets for narrowing the gap, he wanted instead to focus on what policies might prove successful.

He said that 150,000 more disabled people were in work in the last year, but if the number of non-disabled people in work had also risen “there is no closing of the gap”.

He said he did not think that setting out interim targets towards achieving the aim of halving the gap was “the more helpful approach”, and added: “The more helpful approach I think is testing what works and building the evidence base for how we do that and that’s what I want to spend the next few years really focusing on.”

He appeared then to criticise the approach of his predecessor as work and pensions secretary, by adding: “I don’t know that whatever has gone on before has really built a strong evidence base for supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into work.”

More here

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After 20 years, Wheelchair taxi regulations will finally come into force

Taxi-drivers can no longer refuse to accept wheelchair-users, and will forbid them from charging them extra for a journey after a report by peers has brought in taxi regulations 20 years after they were first included in legislation.

Previous Conservative, Labour and coalition governments have refused to enforce the measures, since they were included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and then incorporated into the Equality Act 2010.

More at Disability News Service

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Job vacancy at GMCDP – Administrator

GMCDP Administrator

Hours: 21 per week

Salary: £19,110 per annum pro rata

GMCDP is recruiting an administrator to carry out general and financial administrative tasks. You will need experience of maintaining general office records, maintaining financial records, producing correspondence and servicing meetings.

You will be a key member of a busy and friendly staff team, working alongside GMCDP’s Manager and colleagues who deliver our vibrant and innovative projects.

For an application pack contact:

GMCDP, Unit 4, Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7WD.

Phone: 0161 636 7534

Email: info@gmcdp.com

Mobile for texts: 07508 537561.

This post is only open to disabled people

CV’s will not be considered.

Closing date Monday 6th June at 4:00pm.

Job Vacancy at GMCDP – Shaping Our Inclusion Project Project Worker

Job Vacancy

Shaping our Inclusion Project

Project Worker

Thanks to 3 year funding from the Big Lottery, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People is able to set up a new and exciting project supporting young disabled people in Greater Manchester. We are recruiting a project worker for this innovative project.

The project will give young disabled people opportunities to volunteer, gain new skills and experiences, influence the development of more inclusive services and become peer mentors and role models. It will raise awareness about independent living and the importance of young disabled people having choice and control over their lives. We want to improve and influence the attitudes and approaches towards young disabled people amongst professionals and service providers, employers and the wider public.

The project worker will go into schools, colleges, youth centres etc and speak directly to young disabled people about the barriers they face and how they can make a difference and enthuse them to take up the gauntlet of challenging inequalities, discrimination and economic marginalisation.

The project worker will have knowledge of the social model of disability and the barriers that young disabled people face. They will need to have good communication skills, understand the role of advocacy in supporting young disabled people and be able to support their full involvement in the project. We are looking for someone who has experience of working with people in empowering and inclusive ways, of using a range of methods to engage people through outreach and networking and of running events and developing resources in innovative and creative ways.

This post is only open to disabled people and subject to the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service check.

or contact:

GMCDP, Unit 4, Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7WD.

Tel: 0161 636 7534 (voice or via type-talk)

E-mail info@gmcdp.com

Text (mobile phone): 07508 537561

CV’s will not be considered

Closing date is 6th June 2016 at 4:00pm.

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Job Opportunity: Enablement Team Information Co-ordinator/Trusted Assessor, Disabled Living Centre

Job Opportunity

Enablement Team Information Co-ordinator/Trusted Assessor

Disabled Living Centre, Worsley, Manchester

Full Time – 35 hours Salary: £20,000

Disabled Living is a Third Sector organisation providing impartial information and advice relating to equipment and services to disabled children, adults and older people, their families, carers and the health and social care professionals who support them.

We are looking to recruit an Information Co-ordinator/Trusted Assessor for our Enablement service. You will ensure the provision of an effective administrative support service to the Enablement Team and act as the first point of contact for all clients accessing Disabled Living’s Equipment helpline. You will certainly be able to work on your own initiative, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, relevant computer skills including database management, the ability to collate and disseminate information and identify potential business opportunities. In addition, the ability to think ‘out of the box’ in order to contribute to the ongoing development of Disabled Living’s services. The appointed person will have a background in health or social care and have several years experience of working directly with people with a physical disability or older people. Training will be provided to enable the appointed person to further develop their skills in order to be confident and competent in the assessment of low level equipment and an accredited Trusted Assessor.

For further information contact Debra Evans, Chief Executive

Email: debra.evans@disabledliving.co.uk

Closing Date: Monday 23rd May 2016
Interview Date: Wednesday 1st June 2016

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Greater Manchester Law Centre seek your views!

Greater Manchester Law Centre and Greater Manchester Unite Community Branch want to hear from people from Moss Side and surrounding areas on their views on what the local community needs. They offer free legal advice and representation.

They are holding a meeting at Windrush Millenium Centre(70 Alexander Rd, Manchester, M16 7WD) on:

Thursday May 19th (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Contact: info@gmlaw.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmlawcentre

Facebook: https://facebook.com/gmlawcentre

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Shaping Your Inclusion – New young disabled people’s project from GMCDP!

Great News! Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People has a great new project for young disabled people

Shaping Our Inclusion

Thanks to 3 year funding from the Big Lottery, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People is able to set up a new and exciting project supporting young disabled people in Greater Manchester.

The project will give young disabled people opportunities to volunteer, gain new skills and experiences, influence the development of more inclusive services and become peer mentors and role models. It will raise awareness about independent living and the importance of young disabled people having choice and control over their lives. We want to improve and influence the attitudes and approaches towards young disabled people amongst professionals and service providers, employers and the wider public.

More information soon!

Survey for Manchester Parks

From Manchester City Council

We know parks matter. People want to live near parks. They make us healthier and happier. They keep us active and encourage walking and bike rides. They reduce carbon pollution. They can help make Manchester a top-flight world city for business and tourism.

Things have improved over the last 10 years. Despite cuts we’ve continued to invest in parks. We want the next ten years to be better still for Manchester’s parks and we want your input. We want to know what you’d like to see in parks in future and how you would run and fund them.

Do our survey and help us find a fresh approach to keeping Manchester’s parks thriving and cared for over the next five-to-ten years.

Complete the short survey here: www.manchester.gov.uk/parksurvey

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GMCDP uncovers Government’s failure to ring-fence ILF funding

The government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it is handing to local authorities following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients, according to research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

Information secured through freedom of information requests to Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities has revealed that many councils are refusing to use the government funding to support the former ILF-recipients it was intended for.

ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.

But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.

The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, then announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.

GMCDP’s research has now revealed that some Greater Manchester councils have promised to spend the government’s money solely on former ILF-recipients, but others have refused to do so.

Of the 10 councils, only two have said categorically that they will ring-fence the money for former ILF-recipients, another appears to suggest that it will do so, and two are waiting for further information from the government before making a decision, but five have said they will not ring-fence the money.

Brian Hilton , GMCDP campaigns officer and a former ILF-recipient, said: “The government has abandoned former ILF-recipients, those with the highest support needs.

“They have closed the ILF, given the money to local authorities but provided no clear direction of how that money is to be used to ensure that former ILF-users’ support is maintained.

“So it’s a postcode lottery where some authorities are continuing to support former ILF-users, others say they won’t and some still have no idea what will happen.”

Brian, who has produced a short video (see below) explaining the situation facing former ILF-users in Greater Manchester and across the country, added: “The government is either lying or delusional when they say that the introduction of the Care Act will ensure that former ILF-users will be able to maintain choice and control over their lives.

“The support provided by local authorities via personal budgets is increasingly about providing the bare minimum, so-called ‘clean and feed’.

“Independent living is much more than this. It’s about having the support, not only to get out of bed, but to get out and be part of society, through leisure, through education, through work.”

 

National Survivor User Network National Gathering in Birmingham – 8th June

The National Survivor User Network for mental health (NSUN) is inviting all members to join the team for its annual gathering to take place in Birmingham on 8 June 2016. The theme this year is ‘Thrive, Building for a better future’. The event will also see the launch of the Shaping Our Lives report ‘From mental illness to a social model of madness and distress’

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2016
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: BVSC Birmingham, B5 6DR

Contact: info@nsun.org.uk

More info here

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Free one day conference exploring digital fabrication and disability – Friday 17 June, University of Salford

From Disability Rights UK (they may use words that we may not)

We are delighted to announce this collaborative event, during which we will share the findings of our AHRC Connected Communities project, ‘In the Making’, and celebrate the achievements of our ‘Fab Pioneers’ with a display of artwork, poems and 3D prints.

We are kindly supported by Ultimaker GB Ltd who will demonstrate their 3D printers, with experts on hand to offer detailed advice and guidance during their ‘show and tell’ sessions throughout the day.

10 am – 4 pm on Friday 17 June 2016

Digital Performance Lab, The University of Salford,

MediaCityUK Campus, Salford Quays, M50 2HE

A detailed programme will be published shortly, and will include demos, panels and interactive sessions on the following themes:

  • Independent living and liberating technology
  • Well-being
  • The democratisation of digital skills
  • Creative uses of digital fabrication
  • Makerspaces as third spaces

The event is free to attend but places are limited so please confirm your attendance by completing the form overleaf and returning it by post, or e-mailing the required information to the address indicated.

Further information: This project is organised by Disability Rights UK, and the Universities of Salford and Dundee. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. If you would prefer to speak on the phone, or would like more information, please call Ursula Hurley at the University of Salford on: 0161 295 2851 OR Philip Connolly at Disability Rights UK on: 0207 250 8192

Please also see our project website:

http://www.inthemaking.org.uk/

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