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NEW - 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: kushuk@gmail.com

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:

  1. Disabled motorists call for ULEZ exemption as zone is expanded | Evening Standard

  2. ULEZ: Woman with rare condition who relies on taxis to get around fears expansion will make London less accessible - MyLondon

  3. CHIEF DISABILITY OFFICER CALLS FOR HELP TO FIGHT FOR FAIR ULTRA-LOW EMMISSION ZONE (ULEZ) EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED BLUE BADGE HOLDERS | Disability Talk

  4. ULEZ extension: Three in five London drivers are unaware of changes | This is Money

  5. Car tax changes: Campaigners call on Sadiq Khan to give exemptions for Blue Badge holders | Express.co.uk

  6. Expanded pollution charging Ultra Low Emission Zone starts on Monday - YouTube (BBC1 - BBC London)

  7. 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:

  1.        Help us fight for fair ULEZ exemption for disabled Blue Badge holders! (crowdjustice.com)

  2.        Expansion of air pollution scheme ‘could have drastic impact on disabled people’ – Disability News Service

  3.        Open letter - Mayor of London candidates | Inclusion London

  4.        London ULEZ charges putting 'unacceptable' barriers in place for disabled people says Paralympic torch bearer - MyLondon

  5.        Calls for ULEZ exemption for disabled people | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (rbkc.gov.uk)

Thank you for all your help and support, together we can make London the most accessible city in the world!

 

 

NEW - The Chair and Executive committee invite you to our Annual General Meeting

The Chair & Executive Committee of Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea request the pleasure of your company at their Annual General Meeting.

 

Presentations from members of ADKC's Happy Group.

On Thursday 2nd December2021 between 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Via Zoom

Invite Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486560665?pwd=ZHVIdm5HREFjQ2dTUWd2R0pVRXJnZz09

Email: Pbadmin@adkc.org.uk

Phone/Text: 07928821346

Click for our PDF invitation flyer containing the same information

 

NEW - Lifelong Learning Project introduces more courses!

THE LIFELONG LEARNING PROJECT offers: 

  • Wellness course (starting date: 27 October 2021)

  • Wellness workshops

  • Self Counselling

  • ESOL conversation

  • Assistive Technology course (IT for blind or visually impaired people)

  • IT

  • Peer Support

  • Digital Photography (with your mobile phone)

 

If you would like to register or have more information for any of these courses, please contact Catherine on lifelonglearning@adkc.org.uk or 07496 345 272.

Click here for the flyer containing the same information

 

ADKC's 5-week, online, Wellness Course

 

Improve your wellbeing by signing up to the new Wellness Course!

 

Every Wednesday for 5 weeks from 2 pm – 4 pm. Starts 27 October and runs until 24 November 2021. 

 

It covers topics such as: healthy living, sleep hygiene, mental health awareness and stress management.

 

Register on 07496 345 272 or email LifeLongLearning@adkc.org.uk

 

Click to download our PDF leaflet containing the same information 

 

 

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 access@adkc.org.uk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tell the Council what you think – Housing Repairs and Major Works

 

RBKC would like to talk to disabled residents, people with long term health conditions, or carers to hear about your experiences of housing repairs and major works programmes. We would like to get your opinion on how we can improve our repairs service and deliver our major works programme.

 

We would like to know how we could adapt our service to your needs. We would like to hear your thoughts on what would make a difference to you. Have you had good experiences of services that you can share, or are there examples of poor service that we could learn from?

 

Senior Resident Liaison Officer, Sarah McCarthy, would like to hear about your lived experience. This could be a one to one conversation online, in person or on the phone

 

Sarah McCarthy

Senior Resident Liaison Officer

Email: sarah.mccarthy@rbkc.gov.uk

Mob: 07971 982 089

  • 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/

  • ADKC Centre Update 19/07/2021 

We currently do not have the capacity to reopen the centre, as the vast majority of our staff team have been advised to continue shielding. 

We are however putting the required procedures and equipment in place to ensure the safe reopening of the centre once this becomes possible  

We will post updates on our website and social media as this work develops. 

The trustees and staff of ADKC thank you for your continued patience and support. 

  • 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: 

Ulez: Cost of expanding zone could cost £130m, Sadiq Khan confirms | Evening Standard 

Click here to scroll down to read ADKC's open letter to mayoral candidates earlier in the year

 

April News:

 

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.

London ULEZ charges putting 'unacceptable' barriers in place for disabled people says Paralympic torch bearer - MyLondon

Calls for ULEZ exemption for disabled people | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (rbkc.gov.uk)

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.

Yours Sincerely,

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. 

NEW Click here for the contact details provided by guests at our for our Housing Special.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MARCH 2021

News from March

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  • 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

 

 

ADKC Trauma group - video