Find out about Breakthrough's influential policy and research work.
Topical updates on issues affecting disabled people and disabled people's organisations. Last update 16.12.13
Policy Think Tank Reports
The Policy Think Tank is a Breakthrough UK initiative and has two major aims:- To influence government, or other strategic bodies, on matters to do with disability, from a ‘social model’ perspective. And to provide briefings on current matters to do with disability, for general dissemination.
We send out a regular e-bulletin covering policy developments around disability, employment and independent living. Our latest edition came out on 29.11.13.
The current debate and campaigns about keeping Remploy factories open is in danger of appearing to be one-sided. There are plenty of voices advocating – quite rightly – for the disabled people who currently work at Remploy to not lose their jobs. But we believe the call to keep the factories open is potentially damaging...
We submitted a response to the government's discussion document 'Fulfilling Potential' about what should be in their new Disability Strategy. We also held an engagement event with local disabled people to gather their views and the report from this can also be found on this page.
Disabled People: A Right to Live?
In 2011, our Policy Think Tank commissioned disabled writers to fill the 'policy vacuum' of disabled people's voices in the debate about 'right to live' issues. We are now pleased to make following paper on human rights at the start of life available.
On this page you will find all the policy e-bulletins we have produced since 2010
Personal Independence Payment 'Moving Around' Consultation
It is our view that, not only will the new criteria result in very many people losing their mobility and independence, and therefore their employment, it will place many more disabled people at risk as they struggle under adverse conditions to maintain employment which has been made impractical and potentially dangerous.
Personalisation Research Re-visited
This brief report concludes that there is still much work to do if disabled people, their families, and their organisations are to work in equal partnership with the people who are planning and providing care and support.
Right to Control Is Working – Our Story
Like many others, Breakthrough UK was disappointed to read that the evaluation of Right to Control (RTC), commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues, found no conclusive benefits to disabled people. We would challenge this on the grounds that the evaluation was conducted too early on in the Trailblazer.