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‘Developing from the Negatives’

Posted by Mark Buckley on Fri 06/02/15. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Challenging Hate Crime

Disability Equality (nw) Ltd, a disabled people’s organisation and registered charity is looking to appoint to the following posts for our exciting new Big Lottery Funded project, addressing the issue of Disability Hate Crime and anti-social behaviour :

  • Hate Crime Project Co-ordinator:

          35 hours per week, £25,000 per annum.

  • Hate Crime Project Development Worker: X 2:

          18 hours per week, £16,000 pro rata.

  • Hate Crime Project Development Worker (Volunteers):

          20 hours per week, £20,000 pro rata.  

All contracts are fixed term until end January 2018.

Disability Equality (nw) Ltd are looking to recruit people with personal experience of disability and an in depth knowledge of disability hate crime, community development, project management and recruiting and supporting disabled volunteers.

The project team, led by the Chief Executive and Project co-ordinator will be responsible for a meeting a number of targets as outlined in the project delivery plan.

Applicants must be flexible and have relevant experience of working within the voluntary and community sector.

Applicants also need to have an understanding of the social model of disability and the day to day issues faced by disabled people.

For an application pack please send a large A4 envelope with 78p stamp to: Steve Dickson, Office Manager, Disability Equality (nw) Ltd, 103 Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BS.


Please state if you require the application pack in an alternative format.

Closing date: 5pm Friday 20th February 2015

Shortlisting: Monday 23rd February 2015

Interviews will be held on one of the following dates (depending on post applied for): 5th or 6th March 2015.

These posts are funded through the Big Lottery Fund


Tags: developing-from-negatives, hate-crime, vacancies, jobs

DENW gains funding for major anti-hate crime project

Posted by Mark Buckley on Fri 23/01/15. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

We are delighted to announce that our new Disability Hate Crime project has been awarded over £386,000 of Big Lottery funding.

This is a new project that will:

  • raise awareness of disability hate crime.
  • support disabled people to report crimes and incidents.
  • recruit disabled people as hate crime volunteers.
  • identify the community assets and support disabled people to access them.
  • run disability awareness events in local communtiies.


Please contact us if you require any further information at this point.

We will be posting more details regularly over the next three months as the first stages develop.


Melanie Close

Chief Executive

Tel: 01772 558863 (Ext 2012)





Twitter: DisabilityNW



Tags: hate-crime

Learning Disability Alliance needs your help

Posted by Mark Buckley on Thu 15/01/15. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Learning Disability Alliance needs your help to Quality Check the Government.  Visit their survey from the web link below.

We need your help.

Please spread the word and organise so that as many people as possible
are supported to fill in this survey.

It's time to quality check Government.

We want to hear the views of people with learning disabilities, their families and their allies.

Go to the website now to find out more.




LDA Quality Check the Government

Tags: lda

2015 Training Opportunities

Posted by Des Butler on Wed 14/01/15. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

New for 2015. 

Training opportunities available. Please contact Des for more information or to book yourself on a course.

PIP independent review published

Posted by Mark Buckley on Thu 18/12/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

On 10 April 2014, the Minister of State for Disabled People appointed Paul Gray to lead the first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. The report was published today.

Disability Rights UK is deeply unsurprised that the independent review of PIP has found the process ‘disjointed’. We believe that this is putting it mildly given that today’s published PIP statistics show a backlog of 240,800 claims (40%) awaiting clearance.

Whilst we welcome some of the recommendations of the review and call on government to implement them in full, there is little in the review which inspires confidence in the PIP backlog being cleared.

We hear from people daily who are struggling with the PIP claim process; who experience massive hardship because of delays of months in getting their assessment completed. Disability Rights UK would like to see a halt to the further roll out of PIP, in October 2015, until the existing backlog has been fully cleared.

Background to the review

In his review, Paul Gray explored how PIP is operating and the effectiveness of the assessment. He set out a series of recommendations based on information gathered throughout the review. The recommendations focus on 3 main areas:

  • improving the claimant experience
  • clarifying and improving the collection of further evidence
  • the overall effectiveness of the assessment

Key findings

Overall the report describes the PIP ‘claiming experience’ as problematic.

“The current Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process gives a disjointed experience for claimants. Some short term improvements are needed, for example to communications including decision letters. In the longer term, there should be a more integrated, digitally enabled claims process under common branding that would improve claimant experience and effectiveness.”

The report finds it is too early to draw definitive conclusions about the overall effectiveness of the PIP assessment based on available published data. It recommends that a rigorous evaluation strategy that will enable regular assessments of the fairness and consistency of award outcomes be put in place, with priority given to the effectiveness of the assessment for people with a mental health condition or learning disability.

The responses to the call for evidence showed the most concern over the delays and backlogs for claiming and receiving PIP as well as the complexity of the PIP2 claim form.

The report makes a number of recommendations to be carried out in the short medium and log term including:

In the short term

  • clearer communications to claimants about the assessment process
  • redesigning structure and content of decision letters
  • ensuring assessment provider rooms allow claimant and assessor to at a 90 degree angle
  • monitoring the application of Activity 11 – ‘Planning and Following Journeys
  • reviewing how aids and appliances are taken into account
  • ensuring consistent application of the rules on reliability and fluctuating conditions

In the medium term

  • suggested improvements the collection of further evidence, including consistency regarding the evidence required, sharing work capability assessment evidence, Departmental information and assessments from the wider public sector (such as social care reports).
  • put in place a ‘rigorous’ evaluation strategy that will enable regular assessments of the fairness and consistency of award outcomes be put in place, with priority given to the effectiveness of the assessment for people with a mental health condition or learning disability.

In the long term 

  • Review the PIP claims process, adopting a design that maximises the opportunities presented by greater use of digital and other technologies which would:
  1. allow claimants to track the status of their claim
  2. move away from a one size fits all model to one tailored to the needs of claimants

See full report at link below.

PIP Review - full report

Tags: pip, review

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