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Policy Development

Find out about Breakthrough's influential policy and research work.

Policy Think Tank Reports
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.
 
"Launch report of Great Expectations" by Dr. Alison Wilde
"Launch report of Great Expectations" by Dr. Alison Wilde
This report is about the threats that disabled people face to their existence, mostly at the start of life, from a society that has mixed feelings about the inherent value of their lives.
 
Policy E-Bulletin
Policy E-Bulletin
We send out a regular e-bulletin covering policy developments around disability, employment and independent living. Our latest edition came out on 17.04.14
 
Disability and Unemployment
Disability and Unemployment
Read our latest article here
 
Contribute to Our Policy Work
Contribute to Our Policy Work
Are you a disabled person living in Greater Manchester? Have your say on disability matters!
 
Remploy Closures
Remploy Closures
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...
 
Disability Strategy
Disability Strategy
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.
 
Right of Disabled People to Independent Living
Right of Disabled People to Independent Living
"Rights of disabled people may be at risk", says Human Rights Committee. Committee takes on board issues raised by Breakthrough and local disabled people.
 
Breakthrough Blog
Breakthrough Blog
Read our latest blog here!
 
Disabled People: A Right to Live?
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.
 
Disability and Health Employment Strategy Discussion Paper
Disability and Health Employment Strategy Discussion Paper
The government published ‘Disability and Health Employment Strategy: the discussion so far’ on 17 December 2013. It takes the form of a discussion paper, with a delivery plan to follow.
 
Older E-Bulletins
Older E-Bulletins
On this page you will find all the policy e-bulletins we have produced since 2010
 
Personal Independence Payment 'Moving Around' Consultation
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
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.
 
Taking Control of Employment Support
Taking Control of Employment Support
This important report from Disability Rights UK puts forward the case for bespoke, personalised employment support for disabled people.