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Press and media 2017

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

Our press releases for 2017 are listed below in subject order.


Remembering Sir Bert Massie - 16 October 2017

Tribute to Lorraine Gradwell - 4 September 2017

Our priorities for the new government - 9 June 2017

Eleven new disability research projects receive £1 million as DRILL calls for new bids - 16 May 2017

Three questions to ask your parliamentary candidates - 2 May 2017

Obituary: Wycliffe Noble - 28 April 2017

Disability Rights UK announces new chief executive - 18 April 2017

1. Independent living: getting a life

The autumn 2017 budget: too little on Universal Credit and nothing on social care - 22 November 2017

New UK Energy Research Centre/University of York home energy research (DR UK a partner) - 13 November 2017

Pay sleep-in carers but not at the cost of reduced support - 7 November 2017

DR UK CEO attends Disability Summit in Blackpool - 6 October 2017

DR UK welcomes the new World Independent Living Network - 2 October 2017

DR UK at the Getting Things Changed event - 28 September 2017

Charities make three Autumn Budget proposals to PM Theresa May - 15 September 2017

A human catastrophe – New UN condemnation for UK human rights record - 31 August 2017

UN Committee Calls for UK Wide Strategy on Disability - 25 August 2017

Disabled people take complaints about UK Government’s rights record to the United Nations - 21 August 2017

Our priority is to live independently - not produce Paralympians - says DR UK - 14 July 2017

Southern rail fine welcomed but still only a slap on the wrist - 14 July 2017

As TfL belatedly introduce iBus automated messages following the Paulley decision, we once again ask for a law change - 11 July 2017

As high proportion of disabled people forced to use food banks we demand Government sees it, says it and sorts it - 30 June 2017

We welcome the findings of Public Accounts Committee - 58th Report - Local support for people with a learning disability - 26 April 2017

Access to the built environment needs urgent improvement (Building for Equality report) - 25 April 2017

DR UK is pleased that amendments have been made to Bus Services Bill in line with the Paulley decision - 15 March 2017 (amendments subsequently thrown out)

DR UK gives evidence to the UNCRPD in Geneva - 13 March 2017

DR UK launches UNCRPD evidence report in House of Lords - 9 March 2017

DR UK disappointed that Bill to equalise time limits for abortion talked out - 1 March 2017

Disabled people tell UN committee that UK is failing on international rights convention - 30 January 2017

DR UK welcomes debate on abortion and disability - 30 January 2017

Paulley case is an important milestone – and more legal clarification needed - 18 January 2017

An important message from DR UK CEO Liz Sayce - 17 January 2017

DR UK concerns over any funding settlement for health and social care - 11 January 2017

New DR UK CQC ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership - 9 January 2017


DR UK welcomes new PIP judgement affecting those with psychological distress - 21 December 2017

The autumn 2017 budget: too little on Universal Credit and nothing on social care - 22 November 2017

Budget 2017: three universal credit reforms to provide greater financial security - 21 November 2017

DR UK writes to DWP Minister to raises concerns about new PIP descriptor activity guidance - 8 November 2017

More than free phone calls needed to solve disabled peoples universal credit problems - 23 October 2017

We welcome Scotlands decision to ban private firms from doing disability benefit assessments - 3 October 2017

DR UK's statement on the new WCA reassessment guidance - 6 October 2017

Disability charities urge the Government to get a grip on PIP in new report - 14 September 2017

DR UK FOI indicates half of DLA claimants lose their higher mobility rate support on moving to PIP - 4 July 2017

Liz Sayce discusses Motability and PIP appeal delays on the Stuart Linnell show (BBC Radio Northampton) - 3 May 2017

DR UK representations stop 55% week ESA cut to under 25s - 26 April 2017

Changes to PIP should help some Motability users - 21 April 2017

DR UK response to news of 'extortionate' benefit assessors payouts - 14 April 2017

Disability Rights UK calls for immediate reform of disgraceful PIP mobility rules - as more than 50,000 disabled people lose motability vehicles - 12 April 2017

DR UK raises concerns about PIP changes to the Minister for Disabled People - 15 March 2017

Disability costs must be covered before applying £30 ESA cut say Work and Pensions Committee - 3 February 2017

Sport and leisure

DR UK in new partnership, with EFDS (now Activity Alliance) to support disabled people into physical activity - 13 November 2017

DR UK holds first Get Yourself Active learning event - 27 September 2017

2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills

DR UK condemns Philip Hammond's comments on disabled people's productivity - 7 December 2017

Our view on Government plans to see more disabled people in work - 30 November 2017

Industrial Strategy a lost opportunity by BEIS to utilise public procurement - 28 November 2017

Employers don’t see what disabled people can do - 3 October 2017

Taylor fails to offer anything tailored to the problem of getting disabled people into work - 11 July 2017

DR UK calls for more coordinated and flexible support for disabled entrepreneurs - 3 May 2017

DR UK welcomes U turn on NI class 4 contributions hike - 15 March 2017

DR UK welcomes initiatives regarding disabled apprentices - 13 January 2017

3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours

DR UK ambassador, Stephen Brookes wins No2H8 crime award - 12 October 2017

Eleven new disability research projects receive £1 million as DRILL calls for new bids - 16 May 2017

Paulley case is an important milestone – and more legal clarification needed - 18 January 2017