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In 2021 Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across England set up their own national network after the advisory forum of DPOs set up by Justin Tomlinson stopped meeting.

People First Director Andrew Lee attends the monthly DPO Forum England online meetings.

In September 2021, the Forum responded to the Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper. Read the response here.

In November 2021, the Forum produced a briefing and a template later in advance of the Financial Statement. You can read about it here.

The DPO Forum has recently met with Tom Pursglove MP, Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) to discuss some of the DPO Forum's concerns.

To date, the Forum has covered the following issues:

  • The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Survey 2022
  • Cost of living
  • Access to Work 
  • The Disability Strategy
  • The Disability Poverty Campaign Group
  • The 'Rights Removal Bill'
  • The Cost of Living crisis
  • Independent Living charges
  • A National Care Service for England
  • The ROFA Manifesto
  • Disability Action Plan
  • White paper on benefits and employment
  • The updating of the National Independent Living Service (NILS)
  • The COVID Inquiry
  • Health and Disability White Paper
  • DPO Forum Manifesto

People First (Self Advocacy) is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1057354 and company number 03134827 at 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.
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