About the Legal Network
The network explores how DDPOs can best use case law and legislation in their advice, advocacy, policy and campaigns work. The network also aims to build effective partnership working between lawyers and DDPOs, including identifying strategic issues that may benefit from legal action.
The network meets quarterly on priority themes identified by DDPOs. Past network themes have included:
- – The Care Act
- – Disability Hate Crime
- – Inclusive education
- – Using the UN Convention of rights of people with disabilities (UNCRPD)
- – Using the law to challenge cuts to DDPOs.
Network members hear expert contributions from lawyers and disability rights activists, have the chance to discuss and debate and have time at the end of each meeting to network with lawyers.
Who can join this network?
You can attend the DDPO Legal network if you are an individual representing a DDPO or a wider disability sector organisation. A maximum of two representatives from each organisation can attend the quarterly meetings.
Lawyers and solicitors are also welcome to attend.
Interested in joining?
Please contact Svetlana Kotova:
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.
At this meeting we discussed Disabled people’s right to an accessible home. We looked at: Local authorities’ duties to provide accommodation under the Housing Act 1996 and the Care Act 2014 and how those duties can be used to secure an accessible home. The legal framework related to improving the accessibility of the existing homes, […]
At our Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Legal Network meeting on the 18th of May we discussed the wellbeing duty (section 1 of the Care Act 2014). We also spoke about the rights Disabled people have at different stages of the process and the implications of the recent case of Davey v Oxfordshire County Council. […]
After a historic victory for Disabled people in a recent Supreme Court case of FirstGoup Plc v Paulley meaning that bus drivers will have to take more action to make sure wheelchair users have priority over a wheelchair space, we discussed how we to build on this success and use the law to ensure all Disabled […]
On 3 November we launched our Disability Justice Project which will build the capacity of DDPOs to use the law to fight for our rights. We were delighted to see so many lawyers and DDPOs at the launch. We heard that although the laws that protect us from discrimination and guarantee our human rights are […]