DDPO Legal Network archive

Here you can find information on all previous Legal Network meetings

4 December 2019

Using the law to challenge discrimination during assessments for benefits 

Despite the duties in the Equality Act 2010 we know many Disabled people struggle to get reasonable adjustments during assessments for benefits. This includes inaccessible application processes, inaccessible assessment centres, inaccessible communication, failures to take the Equality Act duties into account when making decisions where and how the person will be assessed. We know Disabled people struggle to get the adjustments they need, especially when those adjustments are not included in the standard list.

Inclusion London has set up and supported several legal actions to challenge the DWP’s and the assessment providers’ policies and practice.

At this meeting we discussed what more we could do and how we could use the Equality Act 2010 more effectively.



15 May 2019

Topic: Creative Use of the Equality Act 2010

At this meeting we discussed how the Equality Act 2010 can be used to challenge discrimination in housing, during assessments for benefits and in other public functions.

Materials from the meeting:

13 February 2019

Topic: Direct Payments

At this meeting we discussed some of the most common problems with Direct Payments (DP) and the ways to deal with those payments.

We considered what local authorities can and cannot legally do to restrict the use of direct payments, cut the amounts of DP or claw back the money that has not been spent.

  1. Steve Broach’s presentation – Direct Payments legal framework and opportunities for legal challenges
  2. Jenny Hurst’s presentation – common problems experienced by Direct Payment users in Kensington & Chelsea
  3. Steve Broach’s Advice to Inclusion London on Direct Payments
  4. Video recording from the meeting: to follow

24 May 2018

Topic: The law on commissioning and how we can use it to protect services delivered by DDPOs

At this meeting we discussed how DDPOs and Disabled people can use the law to influence the commissioning process and the existing mechanisms the commissioners can use to protect services delivered by Disabled people for Disabled people.

  1. Briefing about commissioning for DDPOs
  2. Presentation by Azeem Suterwalla, Monckton Chambers
  3. A Public Law Project toolkit: Commissioning: Understanding and using the law for smaller organisations
  4. Azeem Suterwalla’s advice note on the use of procurement legislation for the benefit of Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations
  5. Video recordings from the meeting:

24 January 2018