News, Campaigns and Information
This page will show the latest news from ADKC, campaigns that we are running or supporting, and news from organisations outside of ADKC that we think members will be interested in. Looking for the latest Newsflash? Click here for our Newsletter page.
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NEW - Mayor of London - "People's Question Time". 3rd February 7-9pm
The Mayor of London is again running an online question time, allowing people to hear answers to questions raised by members of the public. The deadline for submiting a question for consideration was 5pm on Thursday 20th. For all other information click here for the Mayor of London's webpage.
NEW - Self-counselling Course
Action Disability Kensington and Cheslea invites you to the Self-counselling Course. Starting online on Wednesday 27th January, from 2-4 and continuing for 6 weeks. For more information, please contact Catherine at LifeLongLearning@adkc.org.uk or call 07496 345 272
Now Closed. Online survey for people who use the support of a Personal Assistant (PA)
This survey was designed by people who use PAs to get a clearer picture of the challenges faced by people in recruiting and retaining their Personal Assistants since March 2020.
Over 1000 Personal Assistant employers across the country responded to the survey. Once details are compiled and the report published we will provide a weblink.
NEW - Reasearch into Teleworking for disabled people.
Besty Lake - a PhD student at Loughborough University - is looking to interview disabled workers who have been working remotely, for her dissertation. If you are a disabled person who has been working remotely and you would be happy to be interviewed, you can click here to contact Betsy directly for more information. You can click here for the pdf flyer.
NEW Library services consultation for residents who experience sight loss.
Our collegues at the council have asked us to share the following information:
We have a vision where all of our residents are able to access our libraries regardless of whether they have impairments. We want to have conversations with residents in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea who experience sight loss to understand how the library service can better meet their needs. We will be conducting interviews lasting 45 minutes with visually impaired residents which will be conducted by professional researchers. There will be a £20 voucher thank you for taking part. If you are interested in taking part please email Neil Samson to express your interest in taking part. Spaces are limited and we are looking to get a good range of residents from both boroughs so please get in touch as soon as you can to have the best chance of taking part. You can email Neil Samson at email@example.com or call Neil on 07907675939.
Disabled People's Question Time - Adult Social Care Special. 12th January 2022, 4-6.
Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea invite local disabled people and their carers to the Disabled People's Question Time - Adult Social Care special.
On Wednesday 12th January 2022 from 4pm until 6pm on Zoom.
Your chance to question a panel of local Adult Social Care decision makers including:
- Councillor Cem Kemahli - lead member for Adult Social Care and Public Health.
- Councillor Anne Cyron - lead member for Communities
- Marcia Richards - Head of Services, Adult Social Care
- Michelle O'Mahoney - Financial Assessment Manager
- Viola Bristol - Financial Assessment Officer
Christmas Closing and emergency helplines
While the ADKC services were closed over Christmas and the New Year, we published a list of helplines from other services. ADKC services are running again now, online and by phone, but in case this resource ihas been useful, both documents are still available. Click here for the ADKC Christmas helpline document (Word) / Click here for information on Mental Health Helplines (Word).
Survey about your experience of finding and keeping Personal Assistants (private care staff).
ADKC would like to share a survey and encourage everyone to who has support from a Personal Assistant - a privately employed care worker - to complete it.
The survey was designed by people who are supported by Personal Assistants (PAs), for people who are supported by Personal Assistants ... it asks about your experiences of trying to recruit and retain (find and keep) Personal Assistants over the last 20 months.
The anonymous survey is now closed.
Health Inequalities Questionnaire.
Our friends and colleagues at NWL Integrated Care Systems and NWL CCG have asked us to share informationa questionnaire about heath inequalities. They write:
"We are committed to ensuring that we work collaboratively with our residents who live with disabilities, and that we involve all of our community in the design and ongoing improvement of healthcare services.
As an organisation, we are also committed to reducing health inequalities where they exist and working in partnership with our community to do this.
With this in mind, we have designed a short questionnaire to help us in listening and understanding to the views of those living with disabilities in North West London.
We really appreciate you taking the time to complete this short questionnaire and we look forward to working with you as we work to improve North West London’s healthcare". Click for the surveymonkey questionnaire
COVID vaccines and information
Our friends at North West London Clinical Commissioning Group have asked us to ensure people know where they can find information about COVID 19 vaccinations. Click here for their webpage.
Can you help to legally challenge the negative impact for disabled people of the Ultra Low Emission Zone?
We recieved the message below with a call for help:
We are looking for a suitable claimant for a Judicial Review due to the Disability Discrimination of the ULEZ in regards to our Human Rights and the Equality Act for Blue Badge holders in London, since the expansion on the 25th of October. Please note we only have 3 months since the implementation date to seek a Judicial Review.
A suitable claimant would, at a minimum, need to be a Blue Badge holder and be affected by the ULEZ charge (whether that be because their own car is non-compliant, or one of the cars in which they frequently travel in is non-compliant). Please contact Kush Kanodia with their details on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have received pro-bono legal advice and guidance from experts in Disability Rights, Human Rights Law and the Equality Act and believe this case will set legal precedence for Disability Rights for all of the future cities in the UK and globally.
Our campaign focuses on Climate & Social Justice for disabled people who have already been the most disproportionately impacted by the Covid19 pandemic. City Hall failed to support our campaign this week, but we did receive support from multiple UK political parties and have been published with many UK media organisations.
Please find below some of the recent publication for our ULEZ campaign, these are all just in the last month:
Expanded pollution charging Ultra Low Emission Zone starts on Monday - YouTube (BBC1 - BBC London)
BBC iPlayer - Politics London - 17/10/2021 (BBC1 - BBC Politics London - Starts 14:40)
These are also the publications previously since the beginning of the campaign:
Thank you for all your help and support, together we can make London the most accessible city in the world!
Lifelong Learning Project introduces more courses!
THE LIFELONG LEARNING PROJECT offers:
Assistive Technology course (IT for blind or visually impaired people)
Digital Photography (with your mobile phone)
ULEZ campaign gets more publicity.
Disability News Service - the specialist services that reports on issues impacting on disabled people - is helping to spread awareness about the campaign about the negative effects of the new Ultra Low Emission Zone for Disabled People..
If you would like to read the article, click here for Expansion of air pollution scheme ‘could have drastic impact on disabled people’
Please note - the article mentions a crowd funding campaign but there are ways that you can show your support without spending money - for example by writing to your MP, using social media to raise concerns and signing petitions.
You can also get involved with the ADKC Access Group, which campaigns for better access in Kensington and Chelsea and further afield. If you would like to know more about the group: contact Mariya at email@example.com
ADKC is now on Instagram
If you would like to follow ADKC on instagram for all the latest news and photos, click here or type into your browser https://www.instagram.com/ActionDisabilityKC/
ULEZ campaign update
ADKC's campaign against the harmful effects of the Ultra Low Emission Zone was mentioned in the Evening Standard recently:
"Mr Khan was asked whether he would adopt a proposal from Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea to allow disabled people with a Blue Badge the same exemptions for the Ulez as for the C-charge."
And here is the link to the article:
Open Letter: We request all the London Mayoral candidates to commit to providing the same reasonable adjustments for disabled people for the extended ULEZ as Congestion Charging Zone.
Dear Mayor of London Candidates,
Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea (ADKC), is a charity in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with approximately one thousand members, which is run and controlled by disabled people.
We are requesting that the new Mayor of London and TFL to provide disabled people in London who have a Blue Badge, with the same reasonable adjustments that are currently provided under the Congestion Charging Zone. We believe it is totally unacceptable to impose new barriers which prevent disabled Londoners from accessing critical goods and services during the Covid19 pandemic.
Disabled people are the most disproportionately impacted group from the Covid19 pandemic and lockdowns, with 3/5 of all Covid19 deaths being disabled people, whilst only amounting to 17% of the population (Office of National Statistics).
Disability is now one of the strongest predictors of poverty - 54% of the those who live in destitution in the UK are disabled people (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
London’s public transport system is inaccessible for many disabled people - only 26% (70 / 270) of our tube stations are fully accessible (Transport for All).
In Jan 2021, the High Court ruled that the Mayor of London and Transport for London’s ‘Streetscape’ initiative as unlawful. The judge noted that 'the needs of people with protected characteristics, including the elderly or disabled', were 'not considered'. The court also highlighted the inadequacy of the Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken by TfL, describing parts as 'perfunctory or non-existent' and finding that it 'read as if its purpose were to justify the decision already taken'.
We believe that the Equality Impact Assessment has not considered the needs of disabled people during the Covid19 pandemic to receive help and support from friends, family, carers and helpers. In its current form we believe it would breach of our Human Rights and the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010. Where a disabled person is put at a ‘substantial disadvantage’ the service provider has a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ or provide the service in a different way.
We are requesting your urgent help and assistance in committing to support disabled people’s health and wellbeing, we have been published in My London and have the support of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the Member of Parliament for Kensington, and Inclusion London.
There are over 1.2 million disabled Londoners (20% UK population), and we will vote for the people who support us in the national emergency. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and help for our most critical campaign to support disabled people in the Covid19 pandemic.
ADKC Access Group
Invitation to The Disabled People's Question Time - Housing Special
On Wednesday 28th April, from 4-6pm, via Zoom
Your chance to question a panel of housing providers, including:
Emily Thomson - Notting Hill Housing's Head of Housing for Kensington and Chelsea,
Miles Lanham - Octavia's Assistant Director of Housing,
Jackie Thomas - Catalyst's Neighbourhood Operation's Manager,
Victoria Stahlmann - RBKC's Senior Housing OT and Housing Health and Disability Team Manager,
Alexandra Blackwood - RBKC's Housing Policy Officer,
Sharon-Leigh Gordon - RBKC's Head of Resident Safety and Repairs.
ADKC member Kush Kanodia explains how the ULEZ (ultra low emission zone) regulations will cause "unacceptable barriers" for disabled people. External link - https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-ulez-charges-putting-unacceptable-20071051
ADKC member Jean Davis shares her frustration about the ongoing inaccessibility of the Tube. External Link - https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/blind-mum-says-access-london-19916776
Campaign to lower supermarket minimum spend and scrap delivery charges. ADKC is happy to support this campaign, initiated by Sandip Sodha. There is a letter to the Executives of the 7 supermarkets involved in the priority slots for people who are shielding, asking them to reduce the minimum spend to £5 and scrap the delivery charge. If you want to support this campaign, you can add you name to their letter by clicking (external link) https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/scrap-delivery-charges-and-lower-minimum-spends?source=direct_link&
Free help and advice with energy bills / changing suppliers . Green Doctors are offering phone consultations to help you save money and stay out of debt. This consultation is provided by a registered charity for anyone on a low income or over 65 or with a long term health condition or disability. Your Green Doctor will help you • Save money on your energy bills • Switch energy providers to save you money • Access the Warm Homes Discounts • Apply for grants for energy or water debt • Get additional support. You can book a phone appointment by calling (for free) 0300 365 5003 or visiting the website (external link) greendoctors-london.org
Disabled "Blue Badge" parking campaign. ADKC is happy to be support Kush Kanodia's campaign to make a simple and compassionate disabled parking policy in London. You can find more information, and send a letter your MP to ask them to support the campaign but clicking (external link) https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-us-in-creatinga-standardised-and-compassionate-disabled-parking-policy-for-london
ADKC Trauma group - video