Welfare Rights

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This is the website for the ‘ Office for Disability Issues’. The Office for Disability Issues leads the government's vision of achieving equality for disabled people. They have a direct influence on Government policy, so if you have pressing issues or need to get your views heard on any aspect of disability living, then get in touch with them directly on:

Equality and Human Rights Commission


The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a non-departmental public body in Great Britain which was established by the Equality Act 2006 and came into being on 1 October 2007. The Commission has responsibility for the promotion and enforcement of equality and non-discrimination laws in England, Scotland and Wales. It took over the responsibilities of three former commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission (which dealt with gender equality) and the Disability Rights Commission.

E-mail them if you think your human rights are being breached in any way:





http://disabilityalliance.org/ Probably the main useful site for information about all aspects of Welfare Rights for people with disabilities. However, as with most of these organisations it does cost to get the hand books.

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ Another very informative website.


Community Services Survey.

Do you want to have your say about local Community Services – including Health Services and Social Care? Then fill in the questionnaire at the link below and your views will be heard. This survey has been commissioned by the local LINk Network.

What is the LINk Network?    
Devon Local Involvement Network
LINk Devon gives the people of Devon an opportunity to independently have their say about local health and social care services and performs a statutory function to monitor and review services commissioned and provided in Devon.
By telling us about your experiences of health and social services and your ideas for improvements or changes, LINk has the power to implement small changes and influence big ones. Find out more on:



Re: The Independent Living Fund.
The government are saying they have to close this fund in 2015 as it is no longer 'financially sustainable'. This fund supports 21,000 people and although the money is peanuts to the government, it is everything to some disabled people. It is the difference between being in a care home, and having a life. There is a petition on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24368
Please sign and support this petition

There is a document called The Devon Carers Strategy. Have a look at it by following this link, to see if your needs as a carer are being met. If not, then get in touch with us.


This is the Executive Summary of the Hidden In Plain Sight – Report on Disability-Related Harassment. A full version is available by following this link:

On Saturday 28 January, activists from Disabled People Against Cuts(1), Disabled People's Direct Action Network(2) and UK Uncut(3) will occupy an area of central London in a ‘daring and disruptive’ act of civil disobedience in opposition to the government’s Welfare Reform Bill which is currently being debated in the Lords. The activists are angry about the impact that the proposed Welfare Reform Bill will have on poor and disabled people.
For more information follow the link below:
http://www.dpac.uk.net/ | http://twitter.com/Dis_PPL_Protest

Website of the UK government :

DirectgovDirectgov - the official UK government website for citizens. All the information about benefits, laws and rights.

Welfare Reform – The Way Forward’


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EMPOWERus - "The People's Forum"
- the mutual-self-help platform for co-operators and community activists.
EMPOWERus is operated by Community Empowerment Ltd - a democratic charitable society for the benefit of the community,
in order to provide shared information and support to co-operators and community activists.

http://empowerus.co/ .









‘Fulfilling Potential’ was published in December last year, is about making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People a living reality for disabled people in Britain. Click the link below to read the document.


If you want to keep up with the latest news and views on the Welfare Reforms, then try these interesting, informative, and sometimes satirical, links: