Happy New Year: Work for 2011

December 30, 2010

Hi all, it’s us again wishing you all a Happy New Year. Also although this is very lengthy if it will all post in one go here are the things we need to start to do for next year’s battles against the attacks we are all facing.
Please take the time to read through this, I have tried to split it into sections of cuts to different benefits and funding for independent living etc plus things that can be done from home by everyone.

DPAC Events 2011

3 really important events are

· February 12th A People’s Convention– a national conference in London to plan how we can all work together and to plan for the TUC march and rally on March 26th. We will be organising a workshop and putting forward a proposal to conference so we would like as many of you to be there as possible to support us and our fight.
More details and to book at http://www.facebook.com/l/95a7dFK1vHCRx0llOeet8-G-RNQ;www.righttowork.org.uk

· March 26th join us at TUC march and rally in London. We will try to organise with others a disabled people’s section of the march again. In Greece 3,500 disabled people protested lets see if we can do as well.


or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108752325861545


· April 29th ‘ Wake for the welfare state, equality and justice’ London and nationally details to be confirmed later.


and important to do from home or through your DPO locally

Human Rights generally

Disability Rights Watch is collecting information of disabled people being denied their human rights under the UNCRPD. This covers things like being denied council housing, being harassed, being denied the right to live independently, to get medical treatment, to have a decent income etc etc.

When as Disabled people we are excluded from buildings, stopped from fully participating in activities, not given jobs or accessible housing we are being denied our human rights.

The UK Human Rights Act was passed in 1998 and in 2009 the UK Government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2011 the Government has to report to the UN on how it is doing in ensuring that Disabled people are getting their human rights.

The Project is called “Disability Rights Watch” and is being piloted for the first time. This is a great opportunity for Disabled people, their organisations and allies to help to inform the United Nations of what is happening for Disabled people since the UK Government ratified the UNCRPD. UKDPC want to hear stories from Disabled people about how their human rights have been abused.

The information we provide will be used by UKDPC to produce a shadow report which will go to the UN Disability Monitoring Committee and to inform the UK Government of where changes are needed to improve, law, policies and practices to ensure Disabled people can enjoy their full human rights.

The UKDPC have created a website http://www.disabilityrightswatchuk.org/
where you can register and provide your evidence. The site also provides more detail about the convention and the project itself. Evidence can be provided in a number of formats such as letter, email, over the phone or directly onto a form on the website.

If you would like more information about the project or would like any support in providing evidence please send us a message.


Deadline for responses 28th February.

2 Responses to “Happy New Year: Work for 2011”

  1. Vaughan Bruce Says:

    With changes to DLA being proposed, Disability Alliance is carrying out research on DLA to ensure there is a thorough investigation of the issues involved, with the aim of providing an in-depth analysis of DLA use, disabled people?s needs and potential risks in the Government plans. Their survey questionnaire can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dlareform and is intended for disabled people, carers and advisers. If you are able to publicise it in newsletters, on websites and in your work that would be great.
    The proposed reforms to Disability Living Allowance, (DLA) include a change of name to Personal Independence Payment, a new assessment from 2013 for all claimants and an overall 20% reduction in the amount of DLA paid.
    The closing date for Disability Alliance?s research is 10th February 2011 and they hope to receive 1,000 responses by that date. The DLA consultation closes on 14 February 2011.

    Please respond to Disability Alliance and respond to the Government Consultation and arrange a meeting with your MP
    Make 2011 The year for Disability Equality not poverty.

  2. We have added it in the to do list for the new year if you read the next post.

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