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Change, Challenge and Opportunity Conference 2012

Sue Bott speaking at conference

Our first annual conference ‘Change, Challenge and Opportunity’ was held on 12 November at NCVO. Those who attended were able to put questions to a panel of experts on the the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit (UC) schemes. There were also workshops covering social care, transport and the Work Capability Assessment.

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  • Alex Rook, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors - Challenging unlawful cuts
  • Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK  - Where next for disability rights?
  • Phil Friend OBE, Board of Trustees - closing comments from Disability Rights UK

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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) panel members

  • Steve Lismore, Head of Stakeholder Engagement
  • Mary Hipkin – PIP
  • Michael Hewson – PIP
  • Richard Llewellyn-Davies – Universal Credit


Social Care – led by Marije Davidson, with Simon Gillespie, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and Clare Hensman and Amy White from Department of Health.

Transport – led by Sue Bott, with Declan O’Mahoney, Motability, and Mike Lambden, National Express.

Work Capability Assessment – led by Neil Coyle, with Tom Pollard, Mind on supporting a legal challenge the WCA and the work of the Evidence Based Review.

Disability Rights UK would like to thank all those who contributed and attended to make this event a success. We would also like to thank Irwin Mitchell, who sponsored the event.

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors