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Press and Media 2016

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For media enquiries call 07590 929 441 (this number is for journalists only, it is not an advice or enquiry line).

Our press and media releases are listed in the yearly archives on the left hand side of this page.

Our press releases for 2016 are listed below in subject order.

1. Independent living: getting a life

We call for more inclusion as banned wheelchair dancer sues Jive Addiction - 29 November 2016

Autumn statement 2016 brings little joy for disabled people - 23 November 2016

Our view on the ILF post code lottery, following Channel 4's news report - 5 October 2016

Opportunity for disabled people to help hold Government to account on its record on disabled people’s rights - 22 July 2016

Call for applications for multi-million research programme led by disabled people (DRILL project) - 9 May 2016

DR UK launches its new strategic plan for 2016-19 - 1 March 2016

The Disability Action Alliance: Changes in 2016 - 15 February 2016

New year message from our CEO Liz Sayce - 5 January 2016


Our response to the NAO report on sanctions - 30 November 2016

Statement on the DWP green paper: “Improving Lives” - November 2016

Our response to the vote to postpone controversial cuts to ESA - 18 November 2016

£30 week cut to ESA intolerable says Disability Rights UK - 17 November 2016

What DR UK wants from the Green Paper on disability, employment and the work capability assessment - 30 October 2016

DR UK welcomes decision to scrap continuous retesting for chronically ill ESA claimants - 3 October 2016

DR UK says all ESA claimants should be exempt from the benefit cap - 8 August 2016

DR UK meets new Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt - 19 May 2016

We welcome Government's decision to hold talks with DR UK and the DBC over PIP mobility rules - 5 May 2016

Our statement on The Great Benefits Row: Channel 4 Dispatches - 11 April 2016

DR UK responds to Govt announcement about the PIP u-turn - 21 March 2016

PIP needs change, but PIP does not need this change (Our response to the decision to halve PIP aids and adaptations points) - 11 March 2016

DR UK says ESA cut will not be offset by other measures - 8 March 2016

DR UK and our members respond to Commons defeat of Lords amendments - 24 February 2016

Disability Benefits Consortium's  response to PIP aids and appliances descriptors consultation (DR UK is a member of the DBC) - 8 February 2016

Disabled people’s voices support Lords in defeating Government over ESA benefit cut - 27 January 2016

Our response to the Rutherford Court of Appeal bedroom tax victory - 27 January 2016

Our response to the announcement that Carers Allowance recipients are to be exempt from benefit cap - 26 January 2016

Carers Allowance recipients to be exempt from benefit cap - See more at: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2016/january/carers-allowance-rec...

DBC open letter to Government on ESA cut, signed by DR UK - 23 January 2016

Lobby against cuts to ESA -  13 January 2016

Sport and leisure

DR UK part of new Spirit of 2012 funded project, Get Out & Get Active - 18 January 2016

2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills

Statement on the DWP green paper: “Improving Lives” - November 2016

1 In 10 Businesses Unable To Support An Employee With A Disability Or Health Condition - 8 August 2016

Policy changes could bring more inclusive apprenticeships - 19 July 2016

In the Making: A Digital Revolution? - 17 June 2016

Our view on the Resolution Foundation report - Retention Deficit: a new approach to boosting employment for people with health problems and disabilities - June 2016

Our view on Dean Trust's policy decision to bus disabled schoolchildren to an underperforming school - May 2016

Joint reports suggest peer support could boost disabled people’s employment prospects - May 2016

Government abandons commitment to halve disability employment gap? - May 2016

DR UK launches its new strategic plan for 2016-19 - 1 March 2016

DR UK meets with Disabilities Minister about our In the Making project - 27 January 2016

3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours

We support National Hate Crime Awareness Week - 21 September 2014

We deplore the draft Home Office guidance on solitary confinement for immigration removal centres - 4 August 2016

Our statement on news of the 19 disabled people murdered in Japan - 26 July 2016

Our view on the Government Response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Equality Act 2010's impact on disabled people - 8 June 2016

DR UK launches its new strategic plan for 2016-19 - 1 March 2016

Disabled people help train bus staff on accessibility - 24 February 2016

DR UK on Radio 5 Live: Attitudes to disabled people - 24 February 2016