Bristol – AccessAble need your help!

AccessAble produce online Access Guides by going in person to a venue and collecting factual information, measurements and photographs. The idea is so that people can view avenue before going there to know about various pieces of information such as lighting levels, hearing loops, door widths, accessible toilets and much more!

AccessAble will be surveying 25 new venues in Bristol over the summer and would like to invite you to an event in which you would be able to make suggestions for new venues to be surveyed.

For those of you who have or have not had a chance to nominate venues to be surveyed, an event will take place on Monday 19th August between 1-3pm at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

You will need to secure yourselves a place – email hello@AccessAble.co.uk

TWO Job Opportunities with Open Up Music in Bristol

TWO Job Opportunities with Open Up Music in Bristol!

Fundraising Assistant –  https://sites.google.com/openupm…/fundraising-assistant/home (The closing date for applications is the 26th August 2019, with interviews scheduled to be held on the 3rd September 2019)

Administration Assistant – https://sites.google.com/openupmusic.org/adm-assistant/home (The closing date for applications is the 26th August 2019. Interviews are scheduled to be held on the 6th September 2019).

Calling all Disabled Young People – ITV Open Newsroom Day 2019

Calling all Disabled Young People!

ITV News West Country is taking part in the Open Newsroom Day again this year on the 15 October. The day is open to students from 14 to pre GSE students and will run from 10.45 am to 14.45 here at the ITV Studios, Bath Road, Bristol. Students will get a chance to read the news, present the weather, self-shoot, and be operational in the gallery. We will be offering this opportunity to 18 students. Refreshments during the day will be provided including lunch before they leave to go home.

Interested?

Contact us with your information and dietary and accessibility requirements to bristoldef@gmail.com and we will help you book a space.

More than a third of the PIP Disability Assessment Reports written by Capita are “Significantly Flawed” according to Freedom of Information Act Response.

More than a third of the PIP disability assessment reports that Capita has written have been found to be significantly flawed, according to Freedom of Information (FoI) Act response.

The percentage of poor quality Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reports completed by Capita has risen to 37% in the two years since 2016, when nearly 33% of reports were found to be poor or unacceptable.

This information was secured from the DWP under the FoI Act by campaigner John Slater.  They show the results of government checks on nearly 6,000 assessment reports carried out by Capita during 2018.

In all, nearly 37% of assessment reports checked during 2018 were found to be:

– of an unacceptable standard, 

– to need changes, or 

– showed that the assessor had failed to carry out their role properly.

The information shows that the many reports of dishonest and distressing assessment experiences by individual Disabled people are not rare events.

The figures for 2018 show that, although the number of Atos assessors who each faced four or more complaints fell from 161 to 129, the number of Capita assessors who each faced at least four complaints in just three months leapt from 19 to 84 between 2016 and 2018.

Capita carried out about 220,000 face-to-face assessments in 2018, compared with more than 730,000 by Atos.  This means it is likely that over 351,000 Disabled people got a poor quality assessment. 

When asked why the quality of their assessments were so poor, both Capita and Atos refused to comment, saying only that they were doing well. 

Clean Air Zone in Bristol – Have your Say

Official Banner for Bristol City Council’s Traffic Clean Air Zone

Bristol City Council is consulting on two options for a Traffic
Clean Air Zone to control the effects of vehicle pollution.

The two options aim to protect public health and reduce harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide to within legal limits.

The consultation runs until Monday 12 August 2019. The Council are running Drop-in sessions at the Following Locations:

Thursday 11 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Barton Hill Settlement
43 Ducie Rd, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX

Monday 15 July, 3.30–7.30pm – Easton Leisure Centre
Thrissell St, Easton, BS5 0SW

Monday 22 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Hope Chapel
Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, BS8 4ND

Wednesday 24 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Marksbury Road Library
Marksbury Rd, Bedminster, BS3 5LG

Tuesday 30 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Malcolm X Community Centre
141 City Rd, St Pauls, BS2 8YH

Tuesday 6 August, 2.30–6.30pm – City Hall (Vestibule)
Just off Park St towards the main entrance

If you have accessibility needs please let the Council know which drop-in you intend to come along to and what needs to be provided by calling 0117 352 1397 or emailing transport.projects@bristol.gov.uk