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18 NATIONAL DISABLED
MEMBERS' CONFERENCE


 Saturday 5 November to
 Monday 7 November 2011
 THE BRIGHTON CENTRE
      BRIGHTON



CONFERENCE GUIDE
                        CONTENTS

A.     CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS


 1.    Conference Timetable                 PINK


 2.    Conference Business                 WHITE


 3.    Guide to Conference Procedures     YELLOW


 4.    Standing Orders                     WHITE


 5.    Election and Ballot Arrangements    GREY


B.    CONFERENCE DELEGATE INFORMATION


 6.    Code of Conduct                     WHITE


 7.    Jargon Sheet                         BLUE


 8.    Health and Safety Information       WHITE


 9.    Access Details                     YELLOW


10.    Maps of Brighton Centre             WHITE
   1. CONFERENCE TIMETABLE




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                       1.1 CONFERENCE TIMETABLE 2011

Saturday 5 November 2011


Caucus Meetings
2.00pm – 2.20pm                         Deaf (native BSL users) Caucus
2.20 pm – 2.40pm                        Black Members‟ Caucus
2.40 pm – 3.00 pm                       Womens‟ Caucus
3.05pm – 3.25 pm                        LGBT Caucus
3.45pm – 4.15pm                         New Delegates briefing

4.15pm – 4.30pm                         Break

4.30pm – 6.00pm                         Regional Meetings

6.10pm – 6.40pm                         Young Members informal meeting

Sunday 6 November 2011

8.30 am                                 Standing Orders Committee Report
                                        available from Conference Enquiry Desk.


9.30am – 11.00am                        Plenary Session 1
                                        Standing Orders Committee Report
                                        Annual Report
                                        Guest Speaker
                                        Motions

11.00am -11.30am                        Break

11.30 am – 12.30 pm                     Plenary Session 2

12.30pm                                 closing time for nominations

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm                      Lunch

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm                       Plenary Session 3
                                        Motions
                                        Guest Speaker

3.15 pm – 3.45 pm                       Break

3.45pm – 4.45pm                         Service Group Meetings

5.00pm – 5.45pm                         Labour Link Meeting
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8.00 pm – 12.00 am                      Social event


Monday 7 November 2011
8.30 am – 12.30 pm     Ballot papers and ballot boxes available

9.30 am – 10.45 am                      Plenary Session 4

                                        Motions
                                        Guest Speaker

10.45am – 11.15am                       Break

11.15 am – 12.30 pm                     Motions

                                        Closing remarks


Close of ballots will be half an hour after the close of Conference.

Other meetings:
National Committee
Saturday 5 November 10am-12.30pm

NDMC/Conf Chairs/SOC
Saturday 5 November 12.30 – 1pm




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     1.2 STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULE

The Standing Orders Committee meets in Room 5.                  A steward is
available outside the room.



Saturday 5 November 2011

9.45 am – 12.30 pm                          Emergency Motions
                                            First SOC Report
12.30pm – 1.00pm                            Liaison with NDMC

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm                           Lunch

2.00pm – 3.25pm                             Caucus Meetings

4.45pm                                      Attend Plenary Session 1




Sunday 6 November 2011

 9.00 am - 5.00 pm                          Conference Business



Monday 7 November 2011

 9.00 am - 12.30 pm                         Conference Business




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REGIONAL MEETINGS


Regional Meeting:                           Greater London

Room:                                       Meeting Room 6
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting                            Scotland

Room:                                       Meeting Room 8 & office 7
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting                            North West

Room:                                       Meeting Room 9
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting                            South East

Room:                                       Office 12 & 13
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting                            West Midlands

Room:                                       Syndicate 1
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting:                           Yorkshire & Humberside

Room:                                       Syndicate 2
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       4.30pm – 5.15pm

Regional meeting:                           Eastern

Room:                                       Meeting room 6
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       5.15pm – 6.00pm


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Regional meeting                            South Western

Room:                                       Meeting room 8 & office 7
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       5.15pm – 6.00pm

Regional meeting                            East Midlands

Room:                                       Meeting room 9
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       5.15pm – 6.00pm

Regional meeting                            Northern

Room:                                       Office 12 & 13
Date:                                       Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       5.15pm – 6.00pm

Regional meeting                            Wales

Room:                                       Syndicate 1
Date                                        Saturday 5 November
Time:                                       5.15pm – 6.00pm




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    2. CONFERENCE BUSINESS




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MOTIONS SUBMITTED TO THE NATIONAL DISABLED MEMBERS
CONFERENCE 2011

Objective 1:            Recruiting, organising, representing and retaining
                        members

    1.          Organising Disabled Members
    2.          On-line Campaigning for Disabled People
    3.          Reserved Disabled Members Seats on UNISON‟s NEC
    4.          The Rule Book and Self Organisation

Objective 2:            Negotiating and bargaining on behalf of
                        members and promoting equality

    5.          Employers Discriminatory Tactics
    6.          Disability Leave
    7.          Access to Work (Atw)
    8.          Access to Disability Information On Line
    9.          Disabled People and Employment
    10.         Sickness Absence and Disabled People

Objective 3:            Campaigning and promoting UNISON on behalf of
                        Members

    11.        Don‟t Condemn Young Disabled People
    12.        The Big Society and Disabled Workers
    13.        Putting Disability at the Heart of the Union‟s Campaign against
               the cuts
    14.        Affordable Social Housing for Disabled People
    15.        Apprenticeships for Young People
    16.        Stop Disability Hate Crime
    17.        Fuel Poverty, Tax exclusion and Disabled Drivers
    18.        Freedom of Information
    19.        Employment Protection for People Suffering from Critical
               Illness
    20.        Government Agencies Failure to Make Reasonable
               Adjustments
    21.        Stop State Orchestrated Discrimination

Objective 4: Developing an Efficient and Effective union

    22.         Conference Timetable and Regional Meetings
    23.         NDMC Work Programme

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RECRUITING, ORGANISING, REPRESENTING AND RETAINING
MEMBERS


1.     ORGANISING DISABLED MEMBERS

This Conference recognises the decline in numbers of trade union
membership especially our disabled members that is largely due to the
Government savage attack on public services. The wholesale abuse of
disabled people inherent in ConDem policies to promote privatisation and
treat disabled people as scroungers in welfare reform proposals.

Disabled workers are a valuable workforce, they can bring important
intelligence for employers to enable them to improve their anti
discrimination practices and they can advise on the measures needed to
improve the quality of public services to disabled people.

These staff have valuable experience and should be encouraged by
branch officers to join UNISON and become part of their branch
organisation.

We are aware that we have disabled members who are involved as
members of national committees, including up to National Executive
Council level but we need more disabled members to get involved in their
branch equality officers and other branch officer positions. Disabled
members involvement in their branches should be an asset to our union
by informing UNISON's agenda at regional and national structures by
demonstrating accountability to their constituencies.

Currently the RMS reports that there are only 6 branches with disabled
members groups for the whole of the union. This is very concerning for a
union that claims to trailblaze the disability agenda for disabled workers.

This Conference calls on the National Disabled Members Committee to:

1.     Encourage all branches to include in their branch development plans
       the establishment of disabled members Self Organised Groups to
       assist the delivery of the unions agree objectives and priorities.

2.     Encourage branches to ensure the RMS is updated to record the
       establishment of the branch disabled members group

3.     Recommend to National and Regional activists that they should get
       involved in their branches.
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                                                                   Knowsley

1.01

At the end of point 3 add - ', especially LGBT members'

                     Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members Caucus



2.     ON-LINE CAMPAIGNING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Conference welcomes the growth of on-line communities and social
networking and the potential opportunities they offer for on-line activity for
young and other disabled people.

Conference notes the significant number of entries by disabled people to
the “TUC's 60 second advert” competition 2011. Conference also notes
the growth of 'armchair army' online campaign groups e.g. supporting the
26th March demonstration in support of public services, which gave voice
and the opportunity to participate in complementary online actions to the
very many people prevented from attending the march itself on the day (a
large number of those people citing disability as their reason for not doing
so).

Conference believes that such campaigning must never be seen as a
substitute for breaking down barriers which deter or prevent disabled
people from participating in union activities, but that this may present ways
of reaching more members and developing complementary methods of
campaigning.

Conference also believes that disabled people and their families are
disproportionately likely to have a low income, and that training to use
such resources and access to the technology for such on-line resources
may be unaffordable or very limited.

Conference therefore calls on the National Disabled Members Committee
to:

 (i)   Draw up bargaining advice for branches on how they can raise this
       issue in respect of employers providing appropriate training and
       access to relevant technology for disabled workers;

(ii)   Promote information on a regular basis to disabled members about
       appropriate on-line campaigning opportunities.


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                                                  National Young Members' Forum



3.     RESERVED DISABLED MEMBERS' SEATS ON UNISON'S
       NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

This conference is concerned that positive action measures have been
afforded to members of self organised groups that have not been afforded
to disabled members, in particular in the union's advice on the scheme of
branch representation and in the union's rule book provision to address
the underrepresentation of women and black members.

Whilst this Conference recognises the significant strides that have been
made in the union's negotiating, organising, campaigning and internal
structures to promote the needs for disabled people a considerable
amount of work remains to be done to achieve real equality for disabled
members.

This Conference instructs the National Disabled Members' Committee to

a)     undertake a short term consultation with the National Executive
       Council about      positive action measures to increase the
       proportion of disabled members serving on the NEC, and

b)     make recommendations for a rule change amendment to be
       submitted in the name of the Executive to National Delegate
       Conference 2012.

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee


4.     THE RULE BOOK AND SELF ORGANISATION

This Conference is concerned that the rule book definition of self
organisation of disabled members has not kept pace to take account of
the many changes to legislation concerned with our campaign for full and
comprehensive rights for disabled people.

Our union has campaigned for many changes to law including the
expansion of the definition of a disabled person, the establishment of a
Disability Rights and subsequent Equality and Human Rights Commission
provision in law for discrimination by association and indirect
discrimination and the unions own duties as a union under trade
organisations duties. The UNISON rule book's provisions need to reflect

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changes to legislation in order that it can be of most benefit to disabled
members.

This Conference agrees that the NDMC should encourage:

a)     Disabled Members to take part in National Executive Councils
       consultation on the     review of self organisation to ensure that the
       rule book provision reflect UNISON's legal obligations under Equality
       Act 2010.

b)     Disabled Members to become more actively involved and
       accountable to their workplaces and branches.
                                                                   Knowsley




NEGOTIATING AND BARGAINING ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS AND
PROMOTING EQUALITY

5.     EMPLOYERS DISCRIMINATORY TACTICS

Conference is concerned in the rise of employers using discriminatory
tactics such as:

     Sickness procedures
     Capability and performance policies
     Presenteeism
     Exclusion in recruitment and selection within restructure

To rid themselves of disabled employees with minimum expenditure

Conference calls upon UNISON National Disabled Members Committee
to:

a)     submit freedom of information requests to all public service
       employers to obtain data on the number of disabled members who
       have lost their jobs as a result of the condemn cuts.

b)     work with branches and disabled members to actively pursue and
       eliminate these discriminatory practices by following UNISON‟s good
       practice guidelines.




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                                            Yorkshire and Humberside Region

5.01

Add new paragraph at the end of the motion:

c)     encourage branches to be aware that employers organisations are
       attempting to influence the Government to abolish or weaken
       protective legislation covering disabled workers.

                                                              Eastern Region

5.02

Delete point a) (starting "submit freedom of information requests......as a
result of the condemn cuts.")

and change "b) to "a)".
                                                       East Midlands Region



6.      DISABILITY LEAVE

Conference instructs National Disabled Members Committee to give a
report back to next year‟s conference along with a presentation on
proposals on how to speed up the adoption of disability leave policy by
public authorities across the UK.

The report will need to look at why it has been adopted by some
authorities and not others. The report also needs to consider how
authorities can be challenged if they fail to adopt a Disability Leave policy,
following consultation, under the equalities act.

                                                    Leeds Local Government




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6.01

In the first sentence insert “written” before „report‟.

Throughout the motion: change “public authorities” and “authorities” to
“employers”

                                                            East Midlands Region


6.02

In the first paragraph delete „public authorities‟, insert „employers where
we organise‟

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee


7.     ACCESS TO WORK (ATW)

Conference notes that many disabled people are able to lead a fulfilling
working life due to the physical adaptations, computer equipment and
appropriate office furniture which has been partly funded by AtW.

From September 2010 AtW changed their rules and now only provide
funding for highly specialised equipment and support workers, therefore,
employers will have to pay for the additional costs which are incurred
making reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled people can
undertake their jobs without any barriers.

For many disabled people, AtW support is critical in their day to day
employment. Many people who have used AtW the process hasn‟t been
easy as they‟ve had problems with their employers actually part funding
their adjustments and have had to fight for their rights. It is frightening to
think of what will happen now when employers will have full responsibility
for 100% funding bill for reasonable adjustments. Specialist equipment is
likely to be very expensive which will add an extra burden of expense on
employers which in turn will make it more difficult for members to obtain
funding. With savage cuts to funding currently being faced by many
employers they may hesitate before appointing someone with a disability
as they will see it as a drain on their finances.

Conference is concerned that disabled people who are already in
employment will be reliant on their employer to provide the reasonable
adjustments they require and which were previously part-funded by AtW.
Disabled people must be given the support they need to do their jobs,
without this they will be unable to work on a level playing field with their
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colleagues. Local Authorities, the NHS, the third sector – they‟ve all had
their funding savagely cut and with this comes redundancies. If disabled
people haven‟t had the reasonable adjustments they require and aren‟t
working to the best of their ability because of this, an employer may
interpret their underperformance as a capability issue and ignore the fact
that adjustments haven‟t been made. This situation makes disabled
people very vulnerable and more than likely they will be the ones who will
be selected for redundancy.

Conference calls upon the National Disabled Members‟ Committee to

1.    Write to all branches highlighting the changes in provision by AtW to
      make        them    aware of the changes to funding and the impact
      this may have on their disabled members who are in receipt of this
      support;

2.    Ensure that activists are aware that disabled people will be
      disproportionately affected by the cuts and where redundancies are
      taking place that they ask for an Equality Impact Assessment;

3.    Update UNISON guidance on AtW in light of the September 2010
      changes, publicise this widely in branches.


                                                              Greater London Region

7.01

Paragraph 3

"someone with a disability"             and insert   "a disabled person".

Add new point at the end of the motion:

4.     Where access to work is unavailable, encourage stewards to pursue
       reasonable adjustments for the disabled person."
                                                          Eastern Region




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7.02

In third paragraph, final sentence delete „someone with a disability‟ insert
„a disabled person‟.
                                    National Disabled Members’ Committee

7.03

At the end of the third paragraph add „some small or community and
voluntary sector employers may not have the money to pay for reasonable
adjustments in the current economic climate

                                            Newcastle City Local Government Branch



8.     ACCESS TO DISABILITY INFORMATION ON LINE

This Conference is concerned about the lack of information on the Rights
of Disabled People at work on the UNISON website.

Conference therefore calls upon the National Disabled Members
Committee to:

     1. Work with other bodies within UNISON who update the website to:

              a)    Produce relevant information on the rights of disabled
                    people at work

              b)    Produce campaign material for disabled members to help
                    them fight the cuts

     2. That this information and material is put on the website and updated
        regularly.

     3. Set up regular e-bulletins to registered members to inform them of
        legislation updates or new case law.

                                                               Birmingham Branch

8.01

In first sentence and point „a)‟ delete „people‟ insert „members‟


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In point „3)‟ after „Set up regular‟ insert „accessible (including the provision
of British Sign Language interpretation)‟

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee


9.      DISABLED PEOPLE AND EMPLOYMENT

When the recession started to bite in 2008 the numbers of disabled
people being made redundant was not proportionally higher than their non
disabled counterparts. One possible reason for this was that a higher
proportion of disabled people were employed in the public sector which
was more disability friendly than the private sector.

Thousands of public sector jobs have already gone with more to follow in
the years to come. These cuts pose a credible threat to disabled people‟s
jobs.

UNISON branches will play a vital role in ensuring that public sector
employers make the reasonable adjustments they are required to consider
in order to minimise the impact of redundancies on disabled workers so
that they do not suffer less favourable treatment from the employers‟
policies.

This Conference therefore calls upon the National Disabled Members
Committee to:

1.     Review and update the Negotiating To End Disability Discrimination
       document to ensure it reflects the new Equalities legislation.

2.     Re-issue the new revised document to branches, encouraging them
       to ensure that     when dealing with redundancies they are aware
       that the redundancy agreements       should not discriminate against
       disabled people and that reasonable adjustments should be put in
       place in order to keep disabled people in employment.

                                                              Birmingham Branch

9.01

At end of first paragraph add the following new text:

'Currently twice as many women as men work in the public sector and
more than 40 % of all female workers are employed by the state. Indeed
4:10 women work in public sector occupations and of the ½ million public
sector job cuts more than 300,000 are likely to be women. Given that of
those people in work 80% are in the public service sector it is therefore
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evident that there will be a disproportionate impact on disabled women.

At end of point 2, after ' people in employment', insert:
'especially disabled women who are among the most vulnerable to job
loss'


                                            National Women Members' Caucus


9.02

Paragraph 3, delete "suffer"

and replace with

"experience"
                                                            Eastern Region


10.    SICKNESS ABSENCE AND DISABLED PEOPLE

The disability discrimination act 1995 introduced a duty to make
reasonable adjustments for disabled people. The Equality Act 2006
outlines 3 areas where employers and service providers must make
reasonable adjustments. These are:

- Adjustments to a provision, criterion or practice
- Adjustments involving the provision of auxiliary aids and services
- Adjustments to physical features

We all know that these duties are established in law yet employers are still
refusing to recognise and make reasonable adjustments when they
monitor and record disability related sickness absence.

Redundancies and cuts in employment are higher in the public and private
sector than in the last 20 years. Disabled working people are under
pressure from the fear of losing their jobs even though they may be loyal
and capable employees. But as employers are looking at redundancies
and cutting jobs sickness absence is being used by some as evidence or
justification when selecting an employee for redundancy.

Most disabled workers will have sickness absence related to disability but
evidence shows they are less likely to have non-disability related sickness
absence. Employers should record disability related and non-disability
related sickness absence separately but many still don‟t do this. While

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sickness absence can lawfully be used in a selection process for
redundancy disability related sickness absence should not be considered.

Conference we see this as discrimination against disabled workers.
Disability related sickness is very different to non disability related
sickness and should be recorded and dealt with differently.

We are all in fear of losing our jobs, disabled people are in fear of changes
in the NHS, health personal care, access to work and if being able to keep
“their jobs”

Approximately 20% of the population have a disability. 12% of the working
age population have a disability. If sickness absence is used to choose
candidates for redundancy we will soon see that the number of disabled
people in the work force will drop dramatically.

This Conference calls on the National Disabled Members Committee to:

1.      collect examples from branches and regions of disability related
        sickness absence being used as criteria in selection process and
        examples of good practice. Use this evidence to:

a)      request the Equality and Human Rights Commission issues
        guidance on disability related sickness absence

b)      campaign with branches and regions disability related sickness
        absence to be recorded and monitored separately.


                                                              Northern Region

10.01

Delete first sentence in paragraph 5 ("Most disabled workers will....non-
disability related sickness absence.")

In the first sentence of point 1: after "selection process" insert "for
redundancy" and delete the rest of the sentence.

                                                        East Midlands Region


10.02

In the second sentence of the first paragraph remove „2006‟ and replace
with „2010‟

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In bullet point b) insert the word „for‟ between „regions‟ and „disability‟

                                            Newcastle City Local Government


CAMPAIGINING AND PROMOTING UNISON ON BEHALF OF
MEMBERS


11.      DON’T CONDEMN YOUNG DISABLED PEOPLE

Conference believes that young people are amongst those most likely to
suffer as a consequence of the damaging policies being pursued by the
Con-Dem Government, and that young disabled people will be especially
hard-hit.

Conference also believes that:

     1. The job losses in the public and private sector predicted by the
        Treasury will have a catastrophic impact on the employment
        opportunities of young disabled people who are just entering the
        world of work, or who have recently taken up employment;

     2. The decision to cancel the Future Jobs Fund – a far from perfect
        programme, but a step in the right direction – was a serious mistake;

     3. The cuts in education at all levels will have a disastrous impact now
        and in the long-term;

     4. The cuts to services for young people are taking place at a time
        when those services are needed more than ever;

      5. The limited publicly-funded services that exist for young disabled
     people       will face closure or only be able to operate under extreme
     financial    pressure with less resources.

Taking these issues into account, Conference recognises that the Con-
Dem Government‟s strategy is to create a high-unemployment economy
as a way to attack crucial legal employment rights and national and local
agreements, and to weaken trade union organisation as a consequence.

Conference therefore calls on the National Disabled Members Committee
to:

A.      Ensure that decisions of the Con-Dem Government affecting
        disabled people and in   particular young disabled people are
        promptly     reported to disabled members via the     disabled
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        members webpage on        the UNISON            website,        and    that
        appropriate coverage for these issues in        UNISON         press   and
        publications is sought;

B.      Encourage disabled workers to join UNISON in order to make sure
        we have the strongest voice possible in campaigning on the above
        issues;

C.      Encourage all disabled members to participate actively in the union‟s
        Million Voices campaign;

D.      Identify key young disabled groups and organisations which can
        be recommended as potential partners for UNISON as the Million
        Voices campaign moves into its     next phase of reaching out into
        communities and building alliances to defend    our services, our
        jobs, and our pensions.
                                          National Young Members’ Forum


11.01

Insert the following text in point 1 after „taken up employment‟:-

'and it will have a profound effect on young disabled women who have
caring responsibilities and/or work part time'

Insert the following text in point 3 after 'in the long-term':

'and increase the gender pay gap for young disabled women who face
barriers in climbing the work ladder because of working part time hours'

Add new action point 'E' at end on motion:

Campaign to raise awareness of how public service cuts will increase the
gender pay gap, specifically for young disabled women.

                                            National Disabled Women’s Caucus


11.02

In point „2.‟ After from perfect programme‟ insert „as it took little account of
the needs of young disabled people‟

In point „3.‟ after at all levels insert „for young disabled people‟

In point „4.‟ after „services for young‟ insert „disabled‟
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In point „5.‟ After publicly-funded services‟ insert „such as accessible
residential colleges‟

In second paragraph after „and local agreements‟ delete „and to‟, insert
„which will‟. After „as a consequence‟ insert „and decimate those public
services that play a vital role in promoting independence for young
disabled people‟

In point „A‟ after „reported to disabled members‟ insert „ and the wider
membership‟

In point „B‟ after „Encourage disabled‟ insert public service‟

In point „D‟ after „Identify key‟ insert „and appropriate‟

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee


12.    THE BIG SOCIETY AND DISABLED WORKERS

The Government's Big Society idea is not convincing as a progressive
vehicle for advancing social justice and equality for disabled workers.

For a start its context goes hand in hand with deep and reckless cuts in
public spending that are already producing disproportionate reductions in
the living standards of disabled people. Government attacks on the rights
and living standards of disabled people make a farce of their mantra that
"we are all in this together"!!!

Public sector trade unions like UNISON understand the value of voluntary
action and the freedom that gives to the promotion of democracy and the
protection of disabled workers' rights. The cutting back of public contract
and public investments destroys services and jobs weakening capacity to
develop services for disabled people.

Government cuts in state benefits such as the Disability Living Allowance
especially its mobility component actively prevents disabled people from
participating in society. Combined with the cuts to bus travel subsidies,
reductions in services are leaving disabled workers isolated and creating
barriers to their access to employment.

The Access to Work Programme is now threatened by contracting
budgets imposed by restricted provision in training support.



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There must be meaningful Equality Impact Assessments involving
disabled workers and responsible authorities must ensure proper scrutiny
of the adverse impact of the cuts on disabled workers.

The Government drive around the Big Society is a cover for reducing real
social progress. The development of public services with properly
resourced voluntary and community organisations is the only way of
revitalising the lives and work of disabled people.

A "Good Society" involves REAL distributive social justice and the
provision of positive state services with decent jobs for all.

Therefore, Conference calls upon the National Disabled Members'
Committee to campaign:

a)      To expose the real cover up nature of the "Big Society"

b)      To continually press for meaningful Equality Impact Assessments
        which show up and shame the Government's attacks on services for
        disabled people.

c)      To publicise the adverse impact of cuts that hit disabled people

d)       To produce suitable publicity material, using all the technology
         available, including UNISON's website to actively promote
         disabled people's demands for full equality.

Conference calls on the National Disabled Members' Committee to lobby
to protect and extend the Access to Work Programme.

                                                              Eastern Region

12.01

After "decent jobs for all" add new paragraph:

This Conference is also concerned that the use of volunteers as part of
the Big Society could mean that the disabled, the disadvantaged and the
vulnerable are being put at risk because they have not been CRB
checked.

Add point e

e)    To ensure that volunteers should have the same rigorous enhanced
      CRB checks that public sector workers need to have in order to
      work with the disabled, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.
                                                      Birmingham Branch
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13.    PUTTING DISABILITY AT THE HEART OF THE UNION'S
       CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE CUTS


Conference notes that this Tory-led Government is savagely attacking the
public sector both in the funding for services it provides to service users
but also to the terms and conditions of the millions of people it employs
throughout the country. Massive cuts to funding are also being faced by
the third sector which provides services to many vulnerable people in our
society. The private sector is also facing serious financial problems. But
the bankers are ok!

The list of cuts increases by the day but Conference notes that:

-     Local Authority budgets are being massively cut, with no thought for
      the impact this will have on our communities, employees, service
      users;

-     The NHS is being “reformed” by the Health & Social Care Bill -
      significant job losses and reorganisations both impacting on our
      members and service users;

-     It is claimed that the Welfare Reform Bill will make the Benefits
      system less bureaucratic and more transparent but the reforms will
      subject disabled people to unnecessary medicals when applying for
      and being reviewed for benefits i.e. Disability Living Allowance;

-     Housing - the cap on housing benefit will affect many disabled people
      and the Supporting People Programme which has paid for services
      that enable many disabled people to continue to live independently
      has been severely affected.

Whilst it is recognised that the Government's cuts agenda affects
everyone, it has a disproportionate affect on disabled people who are the
poorest in society.

Vicious cuts to jobs, services and benefits will have a massive impact on
the lives of disabled people who want to be part of mainstream society but
the Government through its programme of defragmenting local authorities,
the NHS reforms, changes to the benefits system will have such a
negative impact on disabled people that they will have to struggle to
maintain their existence in mainstream society.


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Conference calls on the National Disabled Members' Committee to liaise
with the National Executive Council to ensure that issues affecting
disabled members are featured prominently in all aspects of the Unions
anti-cuts campaign.


                                                       Greater London Region
13.01

In paragraph 3 (which starts "Whilst it is recognised..."), insert "some of"
before "the poorest".

                                                         East Midlands Region
13.02

In third paragraph, after 'poorest in society' insert the following text:

'and in particular disabled women who make up a high proportion of the
public service workforce, often on a part time basis, who may be juggling
work, caring responsibilities for their dependants as well as managing
their own access needs in the workplace and as service users'

                                            National Disabled Women’s Caucus




14.     AFFORDABLE SOCIAL HOUSING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

It is estimated that the Government‟s house building target of 150,000
homes in England over four years will fall short of the number needed by
nearly quarter of a million. Up to 5 million people are on housing waiting
lists and 2.5 million families are living in overcrowded conditions.

Where does this leave disabled people who need adapted or accessible
homes to live independently? Who is paying attention to this issue?

Housing is reported to be the 'building block of the public services.' This
must surely include adapted but where are they? How many private
landlords will spend the money to make their properties accessible for
disabled people?

The Localism Bill will reduce equalities requirements in public service
procurement and planning meaning the needs of disabled people are less
likely to be met.

Conference calls upon National Disabled Members Committee to:
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1.      Work with NEC, Housing Associations and Social Landlords to
        address the fact that there is no plan to provide adapted housing
        for disabled people;

2.      Lobby Government to put pressure on private landlords to adopt
        good practice by providing suitable housing for disabled people

3.      Lobby Government to provide more funds for adapted social
        housing for disabled people
                                      Gateshead Local Government.


14.01

After NEC in point 1 add:

Defend Council Housing.

Add point 4

Lobby the Government to ensure that adapted properties which are
funded through the local purse should be ring fenced for other disabled
people so that they do not go to non-disabled people when occupancy has
changed.

                                                       Birmingham Branch
14.02

Delete point 1 (starting "Work with NEC, Housing Associations...") and
renumber other action points accordingly.

                                                     East Midlands Region

14.03

Add new point at the end of the motion:

4.    Lobby Government to amend current legislation in respect of the
      statutory management of social housing waiting lists. The intention
      being to achieve higher banding priority for disabled applicants on
      waiting lists operating under Choice Based Lettings Schemes.
                                                             Eastern Region




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15.     APPRENTICESHIPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Conference notes that many young people leave school with good exam
results and the hope and dreams to gain full employment, more education
and to expand their horizons for growth and independence.

It's well known that most disabled young people, due to lack of support
during difficult times come out of education with lower grades and not as
many opportunities as their able bodied colleagues.

Conference will be aware that the Government has a scheme for young
ethnic refugee people which enables them, through education to make a
positive contribution to society.

It is essential that Disabled Young People should have a similar scheme.
This would encourage confidence, independence and life skills and
valuing and respecting the young disabled person right from the start of
leaving school. This will also ensure that young disabled people have the
opportunity to gain qualifications and be part of the work force from an
early age.

Conference asks the National Disabled Members' Committee to work with
the NEC to campaign effectively through the TUC and other trade unions
for employers to recruit at least 5% of disabled people in their work force
and set up apprenticeships for disabled people.

                                                   Gateshead Local Government.

15.01

In second paragraph delete 'abled bodied, insert 'non disabled'

In fifth paragraph delete '5% of' insert '20%'. Delete 'set up
apprenticeships for disabled people', insert 'introduce mechanisms that
empower disabled people to become apprentices'

                                            National Disabled Members Committee

15.02

Insert new sixth paragraph:

'Following this year's 'A' level examination results more highly qualified
students are applying for apprenticeships because of the increase in
university tuition fees and the lack of university places, this will result in
fewer apprenticeships.'

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In fifth paragraph:

Delete '5%', insert '20%'

After 'apprenticeships for disabled' insert 'young'

At end of sentence add ', taking into account the additional needs of
disabled young women with caring responsibilities'

                                            National Disabled Women’s Caucus

15.03

In second paragraph change “most” to “some”

In paragraph 4 (starting “it is essential…”): in first sentence delete “a
similar scheme” and replace with “equal access to apprenticeship
schemes”

In final paragraph:

    - Delete “recruit at least 5% of disabled people in their work force
      and”;
    - After “apprenticeships” insert “that are accessible”

                                                               East Midlands

16.     STOP DISABILITY HATE CRIME

This Conference is concerned about the level of hate crime aimed at
disabled people. Any incident which is believed by the victim to be
motivated by prejudice or hate is a hate incident. All hate crimes are hate
incidents but not all hate incidents are hate crimes.

Although there is no legal definition of Disability Hate Crime the
Association of Chief Police Officer (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) agree that it can be defined as "any criminal offence which
is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a
hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability or perceived disability."

Safety and security and the right to live free from fear and harassment are
basic human rights. The CPS's policy is to prosecute any hate crime fairly,
firmly and robustly.

Despite this disabled people still suffer from horrific disability hate crimes
or live in fear of being victims of hate crime. MENCAP reported that three

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men were sentenced to just 80 hours community work for torturing a 17
year old youth with Aspergers Syndrome.

Many people are still afraid to report disability hate crime even though
easier recording and reporting initiatives have been introduced to help
learning disabled people who are often a target of these crimes.

We see examples of mistreatment of learning disabled people in care
homes. In one case evidence showed some people believed that learning
disabled people have little or no value! Is this due to desensitisation or
institutional disability hate crime?

Research shows that nearly nine out of ten people with learning
disabilities have been harassed or attacked in the last year. 32% say they
experienced harassment or attacks on a daily or weekly basis and 23%
had been assaulted. In extreme cases of disability hate crime people have
been murdered because of their disabilities often after reporting less
serious hate crimes that have not been dealt with effectively.

Conference calls upon National Disabled Members Committee to:

1.      Work with the NEC, branches and regions to forge better relations
        with councils, police the CPS and other relevant organisations to
        raise awareness of disability hate crime;

2.      Lobby Government to give the police and CPS powers to take
        meaningful action against disability hate crime

3.      Produce guidance on how branches and regions can support
        disabled members to report disability hate crime.

                                                                 Northern Region

16.01

Paragraph 4, delete "suffer" and insert "experience"

Paragraph 4, delete "victims" and insert "targets"
                                                                 Eastern Region


16.02

In fifth paragraph after „many people‟ insert „such as Black Disabled
Members and others (who face multiple discrimination)‟

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee
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17.     FUEL POVERTY, TAX EXCLUSION AND DISABLED DRIVERS

This Conference recognises the importance of independent mobility as a
civil right for disabled people, we also regret that in the 21st Century the
majority of public transport vehicles and transport infrastructure remains
inaccessible to a great number of disabled people.

Disabled people continue to face greater living costs associated with
disability and this applies in terms of fuel mobility and taxation rates. All
domestic fuel customers face taxation rates of 5%. Transport fuel tax
charges are levied at 20%. The issue of choices and rights becomes
even more apparent for those who cannot access public transport
systems but are forced to rely on the mobility component of Disability
Living Allowance to fund their 'Motability' cars.

This Conference agrees to instruct the National Disabled Members'
Committee to:

        a)    Consult the Water, Environment and Transport (WET) Service
              Group for guidance about community alliance organisations that
              share the objective of reducing the tax levy to a level that better
              reflects the additional mobility costs associated with transport
              for disabled people's needs, and

        b)    Via the Policy, Development and Campaigns Committee
              establish an amendment to UNISON's environment policy to
              accept that some disabled people's mobility issues require the
              union to adapt its green policy to make it more responsive to
              disabled member civil rights.

                                            National Disabled Members Committee
17.01

Delete the third sentence in the second paragraph and replace with „VAT
on transport fuel is levied at 20% in addition to the 57.9p per litre fuel duty‟

                                                Newcastle City Local Government


18.     FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Conference notes with concern the problems some disabled members
encounter in attaining and/or receiving information requested under the
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Freedom of Information Act 2000; especially whilst requesting information
where some constraining time limits are involved.

Both the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue &
Customs (HMRC) will not currently send information and letters in
accessible formats for visually impaired users; except in Braille or 14 point
fonts. Neither will they email letters or post the required information on
disc to recipients who use screen reader software. Conference believes
that in a modern technological society, full accessibility should be offered
as standard, therefore ensuring as many disabled people as possible
have access to the information they require. This should be regarded as a
"reasonable adjustment".

Conference is dismayed that the DWP have stated that they are "exempt"
from the legal obligations placed on government departments to provide
information upon request. The Information Commissioner's Office says
that exemptions can be applied but that the exemption criteria must be
stated; this takes more time.

Conference is further concerned that Freedom of Information requests to
the DWP and HMRC, amongst other government departments, are being
blocked by "red tape" and feels that this could be seen as deliberately
raising barriers for disabled people. This will deter people from making
requests or pursuing requests they have already initiated.

Conference therefore instructs the National Disabled Members Committee
(NDMC) to seek joint working with the Equality and Human Rights
Commission to:

1.     Establish a more transparent and effective process for requesting
       information

2.     Establish whether any government departments are exempt from
       providing such information in all accessible formats and seek to
       minimise these exemption grounds

3.     Produce a factsheet and/or guidance on how to obtain Freedom of
       Information request responses in accessible formats which
       includes information on government departments legal obligations

4.     Lobby the government to ensure that information requested is
       available in as many accessible formats as required therefore
       ensuring no one is disenfranchised from the services from any
       government department or from engaging in democratic processes

                                                         North West Region

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19.    EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM
       CRITICAL ILLNESS

This Conference is concerned that there is no employment protection for
staff who are critically ill and at risk of being made redundant due to
government cuts. Critical illness is often related to a disability and there
are further complications when a disabled person suffers from a critical
illness.

During this time of wide spread budget cuts and redundancies many
employers are using interviews as a selection process when deciding who
to make redundant. Staff who are critically ill or in the process of
recovering from a critical illness are not exempt from the threat of
redundancy and are severely disadvantaged if they have to compete with
others to keep their job.

There have been cases where they have had to go through the same
interview process as staff who are fit and well and more able to keep up to
date with developments in the workplace. Not only could the extreme
stress of possible redundancy affect an individual's ability to recover but
suffering or recovering from a critical illness can seriously impair an
individual's ability to prepare and perform within an interview selection
process. This clearly puts them into a position of being disadvantaged and
creates an inequality that needs to be addressed.

Employment law rightly protects women who are on maternity leave when
redundancies are being considered. While we appreciate that not all
disabled people could be offered this level of protection this conference
feels it should be given to those who are suffering or recovering from a
critical illness.

This Conference calls upon National Disabled Members Committee to:

1.     Work with National Executive Committee to campaign for individuals
       suffering from critical illness to have the same employment
       protection rights as those individuals on maternity leave;

2.     Lobby Government to introduce employment protection for people
       suffering from a critical illness

3.     Produce guidance for branches and regions on how they can use
       the Equality Act 2010 and in particular the duty to make
       reasonable adjustments to encourage employers not to use

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        interview as part of the selection process for disabled people   who
        are suffering from a critical illness.
                                                                Newcastle City



19.01

Paragraph 1, delete "suffers from" and insert "has"

Paragraph 3, delete "suffering" and insert "having"

Paragraph 4, delete "are suffering" and insert "have"

Paragraph 4, add "are" before "recovering"

Point 1, delete "suffering from" and insert "having a"

Point 2, delete "suffering from" and insert "having"

Point 3, delete "are suffering from" and insert "have"

                                                              Eastern Region


19.02

Paragraph 1

remove "suffers from" replace with "with"


Paragraph 5

Item 1       remove "suffering from" replace with "with"

Item 3       remove "who are suffering from" replace with "with a"

                                             Yorkshire & Humberside Region

20. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FAILURE TO MAKE REASONABLE
ADJUSTMENTS

The Disability Discrimination Acts introduced for the first time a duty to
make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. The Equality Act
outlines three areas where employers and service providers must make
reasonable adjustments. These are:
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a) Adjustments to a provision, criterion or practice;
b) Adjustments involving the provision of auxiliary aids and services; and
c) Adjustments to physical features.

The Equality Act also includes a general duty to promote equality between
people who have a protected characteristic and those who don't. Disability
is a protected characteristic. These duties are well established in law yet
government agencies are still refusing to make reasonable adjustments.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) application form has small lilac print
and is unsuitable for people with visual impairments. When Newcastle City
Council asked the CRB for a large print form for a visually impaired
member of staff they received the following response.

'I am sorry to hear that one of your staff is having problems completing our
new application form. Regrettably, we are unable to provide the form in
larger print. This is because all application forms are scanned on receipt
on our secure computer system. The scanner can only read the
information as set out on the application form. We have had to purchase
new scanners for the new lilac forms. If the font was bigger, the form
would not be readable to the scanner. I can only suggest someone helps
with the completion of the form.'

Conference this is completely inappropriate as well as being unlawful. The
CRB are putting the needs of the scanner above those of a disabled
person. We have contacted them on several occasions since but they
have still not agreed to make a reasonable adjustment over a year later.

A disabled service user has been told by the Department of Work and
Pensions that they will only provide them with 1 document or letter in an
alternative format a month. In some cases this means either the decision
letter or the information needed to lodge an appeal.

How many other government bodies are failing to make reasonable
adjustments?

This conference calls upon the National Disabled Members Committee to
work with National Executive to:

1.     Work with branches and regions to gather evidence of government
       agencies who fail or refuse to make reasonable adjustments;

2.     Lobby the government requesting they make sure all government
       bodies make reasonable adjustments for disabled people


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3.     Campaign to raise awareness of the need to make reasonable
       adjustments

                                                             Newcastle City

21.    STOP STATE ORCHESTRATED DISCRIMINATION

Conference is concerned about the State Orchestrated Discrimination
aimed at disabled people. We have fought prejudice, attitudes and
institutional discrimination but none of these are as the fight we now face.
This isn't about employers or service providers discriminating. The
government won't support our fight against State Orchestrated
Discrimination because they are causing it.

The state is cutting essential services that we need to survive like health
care, day centres and advocacy support. Surely this is
discrimination!!!!

The state is cutting the support needed access services that other people
take for granted like information in alternative formats. Surely this is
discrimination!!!

The state is cutting benefits for disabled people who can't work based on
medicals carried out by doctors in private organisations who are paid on
results. Robbing disabled people to pay the rich. Surely this is
discrimination!!!

The state is cutting DLA funding 20% and recipients will undergo intrusive
medicals aimed solely at reducing support. Surely this is
discrimination!!!

The state is cutting Disabled Employment Advisers because this can be
done by anyone at Job Centre Plus without any training. Surely this is
discrimination!!!

The state is cutting Access to Work funding so we won't get the support
we need to get or retain a job. Surely this is discrimination!!!

Just when we think it can't get any worse Philip Davies MP says disabled
people should work for less than the minimum wage. Surely this is
discrimination!!!

The government won't protect us as they are the ones discriminating or
forcing others to discriminate against us. Surely this is discrimination!!!

The courts can't protect us because equality legislation for disabled
people has been weakened. Surely this is discrimination!!!
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1 in 4 households contain a disabled person, 20% of people have a
disability. Millions of people are suffering from State Orchestrated
Discrimination and we must use this to gain public support for our fight
against government cuts.

This conference calls upon National Disabled Members Committee to
work with NEC to:

1.      Collect evidence of the impact of State Orchestrated Discrimination
        on disabled people;

2.      Use this evidence to raise awareness of State Orchestrated
        Discrimination in all press and media interviews;

3.      Encourage region as and branches to contact their local MP's to
        raise issues relating to State Orchestrated Discrimination in
        Parliament

4.      Include steps to fight State Orchestrated Discrimination in all
        campaigns and action against government cuts.
                                                         Newcastle City


21.01

Point 3, after “Encourage region” delete “as”

                                                            Eastern Region


21.02

After paragraph 10 add "Cuts to local councils will result in fewer carers
receiving help before crisis point, a higher risk of physical and mental
breakdown resulting in the disabled person needing expensive residential
care as well as the prospective of the carer being disabled as well. Surely
this is discrimination."

Add new point 3 "Work with carers organisations to gather evidence on
the impact of State Orchestrated Discrimination on carers generally and in
particular those who are unpaid and the effect this has on disabled
people." Renumber point 3 and 4 as 4 and 5.

Add new action point 5 "Work with the Hardest Hit Campaign to fight
government cuts for disabled people."
                                                       Northern Region
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22.     CONFERENCE TIMETABLE AND REGIONAL MEETINGS

This Conference notes that many Regional Disabled Members
Committees hold pre-conference training sessions for delegates to the
National Disabled Members' Conference. However, not all delegates can
attend these meetings and it is useful to be able to hold a regional
meeting at the conference itself. It can be difficult to timetable such an
event in on the first day of conference due to other pre-planned sessions
such as caucus meetings and room availability.

This Conference agrees that the conference timetable should include a
one hour slot on the first day of conference to enable regional meetings to
be held if required. This slot should not overlap with any caucus or other
meetings which delegates might want to attend. This conference instructs
the National Disabled Members' Committee to include this hour slot when
drawing up/agreeing the timetable for future National Disabled Members'
Conferences.

                                                           East Midlands Region

22.01

In second paragraph after „timetable should include‟ delete „one hour‟

                                            National Disabled Members Committee

23.     NDMC WORK PROGRAMME

This Conference is concerned that the work programme from the Disabled
Members Conference does not appear to have acted upon by Branches
and Regions.
This Conference is also concerned about the lack of transparency
regarding the work of the National Disabled Members Committee

Conference therefore calls upon the NDMC to:

1.      Publish the work programme for the year on the Disabled Members
        Section of the UNISON website

2.      Communicate with Branches and Regions regarding the work
        programme.

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3.     Set up regular e-bulletins to registered members regarding their
       work programme
                                                        Birmingham Branch




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                 AMENDMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER




Beyond the Remit of Conference

MOTION 2 ON-LINE CAMPAIGNING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

In second paragraph, final sentence – delete „disability‟, insert „disabling
barriers‟

At end of third paragraph insert „This conference however recognises the
limitations of some social media sites due to poor accessibility design and
cultural language that cannot be processed through assistive technology.

In fourth paragraph, after „low income, and that‟ insert „workplace‟. After
„such-on-line‟ insert „home‟. After „be unaffordable‟ insert „, due to the
additional costs of disability,‟

In point ‟(i)‟, after „providing appropriate‟ insert „workplace‟, after „training
and‟ insert funding directly or through other means to‟

In point (ii) after „appropriate‟ insert „accessible‟

Add new point (iii) „Invite disabled members of the National Young
Members‟ Forum to draft branch guidance on the use of workplace IT
facilities for personal use by disabled UNISON members.


                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee


NOT COMPETENT

MOTION 4 THE RULE BOOK AND SELF ORGANISATION


In point 'b', after 'disabled members', insert ', especially disabled
members'
                  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members Caucus




MOTION 5 EMPLOYERS DISCRIMINATORY TACTICS
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In point „(a)‟, after „all public‟ delete ‟service‟, insert „authority‟. After
„number of disabled‟ delete ‟members‟, insert „people‟.

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee

MOTION 10 SICKNESS ABSENCE AND DISABLED PEOPLE


In seventh paragraph replace first and second paragraphs with „According
to Labour Force Statistics approximately 20% of the working age
population are disabled people.‟

                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee

MOTION 14 AFFORDABLE SOCIAL HOUSING FOR DISABLED
PEOPLE

Inset new first and second paragraphs: „Conference recognises that
housing is a basic human need and that such housing needs to be
available at rents people can affordable for that need to be met.
Conference further recognises that for disabled people that housing has to
be fully accessible. This can be achieved in 2 ways: existing inaccessible
housing units can be adapted or new fully accessible housing can be built,
until there is enough fully accessible housing being built there will be a
substantial need for homes to be adapted, this will range from small
adaptations such as grab rails and ramps through to major works funded
by Disability Facility Grants (DFGs), where only £180m is available is
available in England in 2011/12.

The Government‟s house building target of 150,000 new homes in
England by 2014/15 is financed by the rents of these new properties being
80%of market rents and the conversion of some existing properties to that
80% market model. The number of households in England is projected to
grow to 27.5 million in 2033, an increase of 5.8 million (27%) over 2008, or
232,000 households per year. Up to 5 million people are on housing
waiting lists and 2.5 million families are living in overcrowded conditions.‟

At end of paragraph 3 insert: „Conference welcomes the changes made
to Part M of the Building Regulations but regrets that housing is failing to
meet those standards, is still allowed permission and being built.‟

In fourth paragraph delete all after „service procurement and‟ and insert „
the fact that the Draft National Planning Policy Framework makes no
reference to the need to take account of the needs of disabled people in

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the development of neighbourhood plans means that the needs of
disabled people are less likely to be met.

Conference notes that when a local authority or housing association
tenancy ends, adapted housing is often re-let to non disabled tenants.
Conference believes that failing to use the scarce supply of adapted
property or the ripping out of adaptations is a scandalous waste of public
expenditure.‟

At end of paragraph 4 insert: „Conference notes that when a tenancy
ends adapted housing is often re-let to non-disabled tenants or the
adaptations are ripped out, or both. Conference is concerned that too
often, discussion about housing needs for disabled people is limited to
physical issues such as level access and it rarely takes account of, for
example, the needs of people who have sensory impairment.‟

In the first sentence of paragraph 5, after „Disabled Members‟ Committee
to‟ insert „work with the NEC, Labour Link, relevant sector executives to
raise with Government and others the need for‟
Insert new point „1‟ as follows:
       1. i) A national plan for the adaption of social housing including
          measures to ensure that adapted housing can meet the needs of
          further disabled people one the first post-adaption tenant no
          longer needs it

            ii) An effective inclusion of the need for accessible housing in all
            future plans for the construction of new housing including new
            social housing.
            iii) Effective arrangements place on private landlords a clear duty
            to adapt their properties to meet the needs of existing or new
            tenants

Renumber existing paragraph numbers.

At end of current point „3‟ insert „, this would also provide a much needed
stimulus to the economy‟

Insert new point „4‟ „Conference calls upon National Disabled Members
Committee to report back to the 2012 National Disabled Members
Conference on progress and to report fully to the 2013 National Disabled
Members Conference.‟


                                            National Disabled Members’ Committee



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At the end of the fourth paragraph add the sentence 'The Open Public
Services White Paper says there will no longer be a need to get planning
permission for some new developments if the majority of the community
agree. Who will make sure these buildings are accessible to disabled
people if they don't need planning permission?'

                                            Newcastle City Local Government


In Breach of Rule K Legal Assistance

MOTION 16 STOP DISABILITY HATE CRIME


In point 3 after "produce" add legal.

After "guidance" add:

With the help of Thompsons

Add point 4

4)    publish this guidance on the website and produce an e-bulletin to all
      registered     members to advise them of their rights.
                                                        Birmingham Branch

Motion ruled out of order as could place the union in legal jeopardy

PROVISION OF REASONABLED ADJUSTMENTS BY BRANCHES
                                     East Midlands Region




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                             3. GUIDE TO
   CONFERENCE PROCEDURES




                                            YELLOW



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3.      A GUIDE TO CONFERENCE PROCEDURES FOR DELEGATES
        ATTENDING THE 18TH UNISON NATIONAL DISABLED
        MEMBERS' CONFERENCE


3.1     IS THE CONFERENCE MORE THAN MOTIONS?

        A major function of the Conference is to formulate policy proposals
        for disabled members' organisation, the National Disabled Members
        Committee and future conferences. It is also a mechanism for
        exchanging information and knowledge and encouraging disabled
        members.

        With a gathering of this size, it is difficult to avoid the formality that a
        motion-based conference brings. It does however result in a body
        of policy, democratically arrived at by disabled members in
        UNISON. The National Disabled Members' Committee is working
        towards a disabled member-friendly supportive atmosphere in which
        disabled members feel able to express themselves and be a part of
        procedures and create an agenda for the National Committee to
        work from until its the next conference.

        Workshops are also included in the timetable of events, to
        encourage participation.

3.2     CONDUCT OF CONFERENCE

        The Conference will proceed in accordance with the Standing
        Orders and the information contained in this guide.

        Members and staff at conference are expected to treat each other
        with respect.

        Delegates are asked to note, in particular, the guidelines on
        conduct. These are a contract to which everyone attending the
        Conference must adhere.

        All delegates, visitors, staff and facilitators are expected to behave
        in a courteous manner. Aggressive, offensive or intimidatory
        language or behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes printed
        material. Anonymous and offensive material will not be tolerated.

        Complaints will be treated seriously and may be dealt with under the
        Union‟s disciplinary procedures.


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3.3     ROLE OF CHAIR AT CONFERENCE

        The Standing Orders for Conference give the Conference Chair
        wide powers to ensure the conduct of Conference, including
        attendance at private sessions, speakers, adjournments, voting.

        There may be occasions when the Chair has to exercise her/his
        authority, including the right to make a ruling on a question of
        Standing Orders or a point of order. The Chair‟s ruling is final.


3.4     ROLE OF REGIONS AT CONFERENCE

        Regional groups may submit motions, amendments and emergency
        motions to Conference. Regions may send regional delegates to
        Conference, with voting and speaking rights.

        Prior to Conference, regions are encouraged to arrange training and
        briefing sessions for all delegates in the region.

        At Conference, regions are encouraged to identify a regional
        convenor or delegation leader, to co-ordinate the region‟s
        participation. Regions should take responsibility for providing
        reports back from Conference at regional level.

3.5     ROLE OF NATIONAL DISABLED MEMBERS’ COMMITTEE AT
        CONFERENCE

        The National Disabled Members‟ Committee, made up of regional
        and caucus representatives, has rule book responsibilities to provide
        an annual report of its activities to Disabled Members‟ Conference.

        The Committee helps in the preparation of the Disabled Members‟
        Conference by:

        *       Nominating a disabled person to Chair Conference.

        *       Proposing workshop topics.

        *       Recommending guest speakers.

        During Disabled Members‟ Conference, the National Disabled
        Members‟ Committee acts together, as a collective body, presenting
        its annual report, proposing its motions, explaining its policy on other
        motions. Individual committee members are not delegates to
        Conference, therefore they do not have voting rights.

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        In the workshop-based part of Conference, committee members are
        involved in preparing and leading workshop discussions.

3.6     ROLE OF CAUCUSES

        There are four national caucuses: National Lesbian Gay Bisexual
        Transgender (LGBT) Caucus; National Black Members‟ Caucus;
        National Women‟s Caucus; National Deaf (native British Sign
        Language users) Caucus.        These caucuses meet prior to
        Conference, to submit motions, amendments and emergency
        motions. Guidance is provided to the caucuses on the suitability of
        subject matter.

        The LGBT Caucus and Black Members‟ Caucus also elect
        two members each to serve on the following year‟s Standing Orders
        Committee.

        In addition, the following caucus groups elect their two
        representatives to serve on the National Disabled Members‟
        Committee for the following year: Black Caucus, LGBT Caucus and
        Deaf (native British Sign Language users) Caucus.       Note –
        proportionality for women is maintained through elections of all
        caucus groups and regional representation to the NDMC - at least
        50 per cent of representatives must be women.

3.7     ROLE OF SERVICE GROUP NETWORKS AT CONFERENCE

        These meetings are being held again this year to allow service
        group members to meet up with each other, to consider the agenda
        from a service group perspective, to identify issues of concern to
        disabled members in their service group, including areas for
        possible motions to the next service group conference, and to elect
        two representatives to the next service group conference.

3.8     ROLE OF DELEGATES AT CONFERENCE

        Regional and branch delegates have speaking and voting rights at
        Conference. Some delegates will be responsible for moving
        motions from their region or branch. Delegates are encouraged to
        participate in the debates. Come to the front if you want to speak,
        and staff will be available to assist you.

        Delegates vote on the Standing Orders Committee reports, motions
        and procedural motions outlined by the Conference Chair.

3.9     ROLE OF THE STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

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        The Standing Orders Committee is made up of eight members,
        elected at the previous year‟s Conference.

        The composition of the Standing Orders Committee ensures that it
        is a completely impartial body, responsible only to Conference. The
        Committee is responsible for the preparation of the agenda for
        conference, determining the order of business, considering whether
        emergency motions should be put to Conference, and generally
        ensuring that Standing Orders are adhered to so as to ensure the
        smooth running of Conference.

        The Standing Orders Committee meets throughout Conference.
        This is where you should go if you want to raise an issue concerning
        the business of Conference. The meetings of the Standing Orders
        Committee will take place in Room 5. Any problems outside of the
        business of conference should be referred to the National Disabled
        Members' Committee.

        The task of chairing Standing Orders Committee meetings is shared
        among all the members of the Committee. The Chair ensures that
        decisions are reached, and that a fair hearing is given to all
        delegates coming before the Committee. Representatives of the
        Standing Orders Committee will deliver regular reports from the
        Standing Orders Committee to Conference. These reports include
        items such as the proposed order of business, withdrawals and
        emergency motions.

        The Secretary ensures that all relevant information is brought before
        the Standing Orders Committee, advises the Committee on
        constitutional matters and provides support and advice.

3.10 MEETING WITH THE STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

        If you want to raise an issue concerning the business of Conference,
        you can come and see us in Room 5. The Committee only meets
        delegates, but you may ask your regional representative to
        accompany you if you wish.

        There is a steward outside who will give you a time to meet.

        We take it in turns to chair each session so when you come in, the
        Chair will introduce her/himself as will the other members. The
        Chair will also ask you to introduce yourself and explain where you
        are delegated from.



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        There will also be officers present: the Secretary to the Committee
        who advises on standing orders procedures, and an Administrative
        Officer for other support.

        After an initial exchange of views, the Chair may ask for a recess,
        while the Committee considers the points that have been made,
        before asking you to return so that the Committee can report the
        outcome of its further discussions.

        We know that often delegates come to the Standing Orders
        Committee about an issue you feel strongly about, and when you
        think that an issue has not been handled well.

        When you are in session with the Standing Orders Committee we
        will try our best, as the Chair and the full Committee, to ensure that
        everyone feels equal and able to make a contribution if they wish.

        So please:

        *       listen to others and avoid being dismissive of their contribution
        *       wait until a speaker has finished and do not interrupt their train
                of thought
        *       aim to have reasoned discussion, not argument
        *       try to make criticism constructive so that it helps others
                develop confidence, skills and knowledge
        *       make your own contribution as clear and concise as possible
                and do not dominate the discussion
        *       take care to explain any jargon or initials that you use
        *       ensure that everyone who wishes to speak is given the
                encouragement and opportunity to do so.

        Racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist or disablist language will not be
        tolerated.

        We expect that delegates will adhere to the principles underlying
        these guidelines so that we can all feel relaxed and secure and can
        get as much as possible from meetings between the Standing
        Orders Committee and delegates and above all enjoy ourselves.


3.11 THE BUSINESS OF CONFERENCE

        At the start of Conference on Sunday morning, the Standing Orders
        Committee report will be put to Conference and voted on. That will
        agree the timetable and order of business for Conference.
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        At the start of each debate the Conference Chair will explain how
        the debate is to be conducted. Usually a single motion and its
        amendment are debated.           At other times a group of
        motions/composites on the same subject may be taken together.

        The following explains how a motion without amendments is
        debated:

        1)      The mover speaks to the motion.
        2)      Speakers are taken against and for the motion.
        3)      After all the speakers are finished or after a successful move
                to close the debate, either by someone moving the question
                be put, or moving next business, or on the advice of the Chair,
                the mover of the motion has the right of reply.
        4)      Vote.

        The following explains how a motion with amendments is debated:

        1)      The mover of the motion is called to speak.
        2)      The mover of the first amendment is called to speak.
        3)      The speakers are called against and for the amendment.
        4)      After there are no more speakers or a successful move to
                close debate, the mover of the motion may take the right of
                reply.
        5)      Vote on amendment.
        6)      If there is another amendment points 2-5 are repeated.
        7)      Once all amendments have been voted on there is the
                opportunity for a debate on the main (or substantive) motion.
                There is then the final opportunity for the right of reply to be
                used, if it has not been taken before.
        8)      Vote on main (substantive) motion.

        The right of reply lies with the mover of the original motion in all
        debates. The mover may use the right of reply before the vote on
        any amendment or before the final vote.

        Where, in the view of the Standing Orders Committee, separate
        debates on specified motions and/or amendments dealing with the
        same subject would lead to undue repetition in the debates, a
        grouped debate and/or sequential voting may be adopted by
        Conference.

        For Grouped Debates, the following procedure applies:

        1)      All motions and amendments are moved in order.

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        2)      General debate, for and against anything in any motion or
                amendment.
        3)      All movers of motions have a right of reply.
        4)      Vote in order, amendments then motion.


3.12 WHO MOVES A MOTION/COMPOSITE?

        Delegates from within the region decide who will move the regional
        motions. Branch delegates decide who will move their branch's
        motion. Caucuses will decide who moves a caucus's motion. Those
        involved in composites choose someone to move the composite.


3.13 IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK

        An officer will be in charge of the rostrum and can advise those
        wishing to speak, and where to wait.

        If you are moving a motion or speaking in the debate, then please
        come to the front of the Hall in good time so you are ready.

        A row of seats are kept free for this purpose. Seats are reserved for
        those wishing to speak 'for' or 'against' the motion. A seat is also
        reserved for the delegate with the right of reply.

        The Conference Chair will call speakers in turn.

        When you speak please give your name, branch and region, say
        which motion you are speaking about, and whether you are moving,
        supporting or opposing it.

        Lights/buzzers will be operated to indicate the end of speaking time.

        Please note that racist, sexist, disablist or homophobic remarks will
        not be tolerated.

3.14 SPEAKING TIMES

        The mover of a motion or amendment may speak for up to five
        minutes. Subsequent speakers to a debate may speak for up to
        three minutes.

        The right of reply lies with the mover of the original motion in
        all debates. The mover may use the right of reply at any time, at
        her/his discretion.

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3.15 RAISING A PROCEDURAL MOTION OR A POINT OF ORDER

        A delegate may at any stage in the Conference raise a point of order
        if she/he considers that the business is not being conducted in
        accordance with the Union's Rules or Conference Standing Orders,
        or wishes to move a procedural motion.

        If you wish to raise a point of order, indicate to the officer in charge
        of the rostrum and you will then be shown where to wait.

        The Chair will call you to speak, after the current speaker has
        finished. The point of order must be moved without making a
        speech.

        A delegate may move the following procedural motions at any
        time:

        *       That the question be now put.

        *       That Conference proceeds to the next business.

        *       That the debate be adjourned.

        Each of these motions shall be put to the vote without discussion
        and no amendment is allowed, but in the case of the motion that the
        question be now put, the Chair may advise Conference not to
        accept the motion if she/he feels that the matter has not been
        sufficiently discussed, and if the motion is carried it will take effect
        only after an existing right of reply has been exercised.

        No one who has already spoken in a debate may move any of these
        procedural motions.

        A delegate may also move at any time that Conference move into
        private session.

        Points of Order relating to the conduct of Conference and queries
        about whether things are being done according to the rules should
        be raised as soon as possible by the same method.

3.16 REFERENCE BACK

        There is no provision in the Standing Orders for reference back.
        However, for the purpose of the Annual Report, delegates may
        move reference back of a paragraph of the report they do not agree
        with. If accepted by Conference, the effect of moving reference

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        back in this case is not to accept the particular paragraph of the
        Annual Report.

3.17 WITHDRAWING MOTIONS/AMENDMENTS

        If branch or regional disabled members' groups or the National
        Disabled Members' Committee wish to withdraw motions or
        amendments they should notify the Standing Orders Committee who
        will put the request to Conference. Conference decides whether to
        accept the withdrawal. A withdrawal form is available from the
        Standing Orders Committee.

3.18 EMERGENCY MOTIONS

        Emergency motions will only be considered by the Standing Orders
        Committee if they are signed on behalf of the submitting body and
        provide details of the meeting of disabled members at which the
        motion was adopted. The subject matter giving rise to the
        emergency must have occurred after the deadline for motions and
        amendments. The deadline for 2011 Conference is 9.00 am, Friday
        28 October 2011. The Standing Orders Committee will apply strict
        criteria to proposed emergency motions.


3.19 HOW IS THE VOTE TAKEN?

        Voting is restricted to branch delegates and regional delegates.
        Members of the National Disabled Members‟ Committee do not
        vote.

        Decisions are taken by a simple majority vote, except on certain
        procedural motions. Appointed tellers will take a count if the vote is
        close.


3.20 WHAT HAPPENS TO MOTIONS AFTER CONFERENCE?

        Motions that are carried at Conference form the basis for action by
        the National Disabled Members' Committee until the next National
        Disabled Members' Conference.        They are also referred to
        UNISON's other national committees where appropriate.

        Motions that are not heard, because time does not allow, are also
        referred to, and considered by, the National Disabled Members'
        Committee at its first meeting after the Conference.

3.21 COLLECTIONS
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        The only official collections which take place at Conference are
        those which take place within the Conference venue with the
        approval of the Standing Orders Committee.         Any approved
        collections will be announced to Conference and organised by
        UNISON staff.




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STANDING ORDERS FOR NATIONAL DISABLED MEMBERS’
CONFERENCE
      (as amended at 2003 National Disabled Members’ Conference)


SO1 Standing Orders

1.1     Why is there a Standing Orders Committee?

        The Standing Orders Committee exists to assist Conference in the
        running of business. It is independent of the National Disabled
        Members' Committee and accountable to Conference.

1.2     Membership

        Four members elected by the National Disabled Members'
        Conference (plus two reserves);
        two members elected by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
        (LGBT) Caucus (plus two reserves);
        two members elected by the Black Members' Caucus (plus
        two reserves).
        At least half the members from each constituency must be women.

1.3     The Committee will be advised by a UNISON staff member.

1.4     Members hold office from the end of the Conference at which they
        are elected until the end of the next Conference.

1.5     The Committee elects two co-chairs, at least one of whom must be
        a woman.

1.6     What does the Standing Orders Committee do?

        The Standing Orders Committee

1.6.1 ensures that UNISON's Rules and these Standing Orders are
      observed, notifying the Conference Chair of any infringements;

1.6.2 draws up the preliminary and final agenda and order of business in
      accordance with the timetable agreed by the National Disabled
      Members' Committee;

1.6.3 considers all motions and amendments submitted for debate at
      Conference and, to enable Conference to transact its business
      effectively, the Standing Orders Committee:
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        i)      decides whether such motions and amendments have been
                submitted in accordance with these Standing Orders;

        ii)     groups together motions and amendments relating to the
                same subject, decide the order in which they should be
                considered, and whether they should be debated and voted on
                separately or debated together and voted on sequentially;

        iii)    prepares and revises, in consultation with the movers of
                motions and amendments, composite motions which in the
                opinion of the Committee best express the subject of those
                motions and amendments;

        iv)     refers to another representative body within UNISON a motion
                or amendment which in the opinion of the Committee should
                properly be considered there: the mover of the motion or
                amendment shall be informed of the reason for so doing;

        v)      takes such actions as are necessary to give effect to these
                Standing Orders.

 1.7     How to withdraw an item from the Order of Business

         A mover of a motion or amendment who wishes to withdraw that
         motion or amendment shall inform the Standing Orders Committee,
         who shall report this request to Conference. Conference shall
         decide whether or not the motion or amendment is withdrawn.

 1.8     Any decisions of the Standing Orders Committee to be reported to
         Conference shall be announced by one of the Co-Chairs of the
         Committee and shall be subject to ratification by Conference. The
         Standing Orders Committee Report, or any section of the Report,
         can either be accepted or referred back.


SO2 Application of Standing Orders

2.1     These Standing Orders apply to the National Disabled Members'
        Conference only.

2.2     They can only be changed by a motion or amendment published in
        the Conference agenda to that Conference with a two-thirds majority
        vote of the delegates present and voting.


SO3 Motions and Amendments
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3.1     Who can submit Motions and Amendments?

        Branch Disabled Members' Groups
        Regional Disabled Members' Groups
        National Disabled Members' Committee
        National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus
        National Black Members' Caucus
        National Women‟s Caucus
        National Deaf (native British Sign Language Users) Caucus.

3.2     The caucus groups set out in SO.3.1 shall be entitled to meet in
        accordance with the Disabled Members‟ Conference timetable to
        submit motions and amendments of concern to their respective
        member groups.

3.3     How Many?

        The following may submit up to three motions each:
        Branch Disabled Members Groups
        Regional Disabled Members' Groups
        National Disabled Members' Committee
        National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus
        National Black Members' Caucus
        National Women‟s Caucus
        National Deaf (native British Sign Language users)‟Caucus.

        There is no limit on the number of amendments which may be
        submitted.

3.4     How?

        Motions and amendments must be submitted on the correct form, to
        the designated member of UNISON staff, by the deadline set by the
        National Disabled Members' Committee.

3.5     Prioritising Motions

        If, in the opinion of the Standing Orders Committee, there is a need
        to prioritise business for the Conference agenda, the Standing
        Orders Committee may conduct a ballot to assist in determining the
        Order of business.         All those eligible to submit motions to
        Conference will be included in the ballot.


SO4 Private Sessions

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4.1     How does Conference decide to hold a Private Session?

        Conference may vote at any time to hold all or part of Conference in
        private session. The following procedural motion must be moved:

        "That the Conference (or part of Conference) be held in private
        session."

4.2     Who can attend a private session?

        The only people permitted to attend a private session of Conference
        are:

        i)      delegates

        ii)     members of the National Disabled Members' Committee

        iii)    members of the Standing Orders Committee

        iv)     personal assistants working with any of the above

        v)      members of staff who have been authorised by the National
                Disabled Members' Committee or the UNISON General
                Secretary to attend Conference

        vi)     any other people as the Conference Chair shall determine.


SO5 Who Can Speak at Conference?

5.1     Delegates
        Members of the National Disabled Members' Committee
        Conference Co-Chairs
        Co-Chairs of the Standing Orders Committee
        Staff called to speak by Conference Chair

5.2     No one else shall speak except with the approval of the Standing
        Orders Committee.


SO6 Who Chairs Conference?

6.1     A disabled person or persons determined by the National Disabled
        Members' Committee chairs or co-chairs the Conference.

6.2     How?

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        The Conference Chair decides on any procedural motions and
        points of order. Her/his ruling is final and binding.

6.3     The Conference Chair may at any time propose that Conference be
        adjourned for a specified period. Conference will immediately vote
        on this proposal.


SO7 Voting

7.1     Who has the Right to Vote?

        Delegates from regions
        Delegates from branches.

7.2     Voting Procedure

7.2.1 The Conference Chair declares the result of a vote.

7.2.2 If the Chair cannot make a clear declaration she/he may call for a
      count.

7.2.3 At least 20 delegates present may also call for a count.

7.2.4 The count takes place before Conference proceeds to the next item
      of business.

7.2.5 The count is conducted by tellers, who are appointed at the start of
      Conference.


SO8 Who can submit an emergency motion?

8.1     Branch Disabled Members Groups
        Regional Disabled Members' Groups
        National Disabled Members' Committee
        National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus
        National Black Members' Caucus
        National Women‟s Caucus
        National Deaf (native British Sign Language users) Caucus.

8.2     How Many?

        There is no limit on the number of emergency motions which may be
        submitted.

8.3     How?
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        An emergency motion must be submitted on the correct form, with
        the correct signatures, indicating the date of the meeting at which it
        was agreed. It must be sent to the designated member of UNISON
        staff, by the deadline set by the National Disabled Members'
        Committee.

8.4     If the Standing Orders Committee gives its approval to the
        Emergency Motion being considered by Conference, copies will be
        made available to delegates at least one hour before Conference is
        asked to decide whether to consent to the Emergency Motion being
        added to the Conference agenda.

8.5     An Emergency Motion will not be given a higher place in the order of
        business over other motions and amendments on the agenda
        except where the Standing Orders Committee decides that its
        purpose would be frustrated if it were not dealt with earlier in the
        Conference.


SO9             Procedural Motions

 9.1     The following procedural motions may be moved at any time and
         without previous notice on the agenda:

 9.1.1 "That the question be now put"

         This depends on the Conference Chair being satisfied that the
         matter has been sufficiently debated.

         If this is carried it means that it shall take immediate effect, apart
         from any right of reply.

 9.1.2 "That the Conference proceed to next business".

         If this is carried it means that the matter being discussed
         immediately falls from the agenda and Conference proceeds to the
         next item of business.

 9.1.3 "That the debate be adjourned".

 9.2     Procedural motions are put to the vote immediately without
         discussion and no amendment is allowed.
 9.3     A person who has already spoken on the motion or amendment in
         question shall not move one of the procedural motions above.


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SO10           What is a Point of Order?

10.1 A Point of Order draws Conference's attention to a breach of the
     Rules or Standing Orders.

10.2 A Point of Order may be raised at any stage during Conference if it
     is considered that business is not being conducted in accordance
     with UNISON's Rules or the Conference's Standing Orders.

10.3 The Point of Order must be raised as soon as the alleged breach
     occurs, or at the earliest practicable moment.

10.4 The Point of Order shall not be debated or amended, and the
     Conference Chair shall make an immediate ruling.


SO11           How Debates are Conducted

11.1 The mover of a motion or an amendment may speak for no more
     than five minutes, and each subsequent speaker may speak for no
     more than three minutes.

11.2 When an amendment to a motion is moved no further amendment
     may be moved until the first one is disposed of, except during
     grouped debates.

11.3 When an amendment is defeated a further amendment may be
     moved to the motion.

11.4 When an amendment to a motion is carried, the motion, as
     amended, becomes the substantive motion. A further amendment
     can then be moved to the substantive motion.

11.5 A delegate may not move more than one amendment to any one
     motion. The mover of a motion may not move an amendment to
     their own motion.

11.6 No delegates shall speak more than once on a motion or
     amendment, except that the mover of the original motion may
     exercise a right of reply for not more than three minutes. No new
     material may be introduced during a right of reply.


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12.1 The Standing Orders Committee can propose grouped debates or
     sequential voting on motions or amendments which deal with the
     same subject matter.

12.2 Procedure for Grouped Debate

        A Grouped Debate is run in this order:

        i)      The Conference Chair advises Conference of the order of
                business and of the sequence in which motions and
                amendments will be moved and voted on following a general
                debate, and of the effect of certain proposals on others;

        ii)     All motions and amendments included in the debate are
                moved;

        iii)    The general debate takes place;

        iv)     The Conference Chair again states the order of voting and
                advises Conference which, if any, motions and amendments
                will fall if others are carried;

        v)      Voting takes place on motions, preceded by relevant
                amendments, in the order in which they were moved.

12.3 A Grouped Debate may not be adjourned until all the motions and
     amendments have been moved.


SO13           National Disabled Members' Committee at Conference

13.1 At the start of each Conference the National Disabled Members'
     Committee presents its report for the past year, which is circulated
     prior to Conference.

13.2 Any report which contains proposals or recommendations requiring
     approval and adoption by Conference must be submitted in advance
     in the form of a motion, in accordance with the timetable.

13.3 The National Disabled Members' Committee will indicate its policy
     on all items to delegates, in advance.

13.4 Motions not reached

        Any motions not reached on the agenda are referred to the National
        Disabled Members' Committee and reported on in due course.

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SO14           Suspension of Standing Orders

14.1 Any one or more of these Standing Orders may be suspended by a
     resolution of Conference in relation to a specific item of business
     before the Conference or to the proceedings of Conference,
     provided that at least two-thirds of the delegates present and voting
     vote for the resolution.




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           5. ELECTION AND
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5.      ELECTION AND BALLOT ARRANGEMENTS

Elections for representatives from the National Disabled Members‟
Conference to various bodies and the selection of motions from the
Conference to the 2011 National Delegate Conference will take place over
the course of the weekend.

These are:-

1.      Two delegates to National Delegate Conference 2012.
2.      Three representatives for the Newssheet Team to National Delegate
        Conference 2012.
3.      Two delegates to each Service Group Conference 2012.
4.      Four representatives for the 2012 Disabled Members‟ Conference
        Standing Orders Committee.
5.      Two representatives to the Trade Union Congress 2012.
6.      Two delegates to UNISON‟s Labour Link Forum and Labour Party
        Conference 2012.

7.      Two motions to National Delegate Conference 2012.

Nominations:
A nomination pack, also containing guidance on the work of the
representatives is contained in the delegates' mailing.

If you wish to be nominated, complete ONE relevant nomination paper
and place it in the ballot box at the delegate enquiry desk by the closing
time.

Closing time for nominations                12.30 pm Sunday 6th November 2011

Ballots

Ballot papers for contested elections and the ballot for motions to NDC
2012 will be available for collection for collection from the delegate enquiry
desk from 8.30am next morning. These should be completed and placed
in the sealed, ballot box before the close of ballots.

Elections for Service Group Conferences and Labour Link Forum and
Labour Party Conference will take place at the relevant meetings during
conference.

Conference will be advised at the end of business on Monday which
motions agreed by Conference are relevant to forward to National

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Delegate Conference. Complete the relevant ballot paper and place it in
the ballot box at the delegate enquiry desk.

Ballot papers available                     From 8.30 am
                                            Monday 7 November 2011

Ballot boxes open                           From 8.30am 7 November 2011

Close of ballots                            1pm Monday 7 November 2011




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             6. CODE OF CONDUCT

          Guidelines for Delegates at
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                        6. CODE OF
      CONDUCT FOR DELEGATES ATTENDING UNISON NATIONAL
               DISABLED MEMBERS CONFERENCE


6.1     INTRODUCTION

        UNISON is committed to the fullest possible participation of all its
        members in the activities of the trade union. We want to ensure that
        no disabled UNISON members are put off from participating
        because of the actions, attitudes or language of other members. In
        particular disabled lesbian gay bisexual or transgender members,
        disabled black members, and disabled women have the right not to
        be made to feel angry or distressed as the result of other delegates‟
        behaviour during this Conference.

        As disabled people we have probably all at one time or another
        been at the receiving end of others discriminatory or abusive
        attitudes, actions or language. It is therefore particularly important
        that during this weekend we are all aware of our own attitudes and
        actions as they affect others and are willing to constructively
        challenge each other and are ourselves open to challenge.

        The following guidelines have been draw up to help all delegates
        meet UNISON's commitments to the full participation of all its
        members in a practical and constructive way. Underlying these
        guidelines is a commitment to the principle that all delegates have
        an equal right to benefit from this weekend, to contribute to debate
        and discussion and to enjoy the Conference.

        We expect that all delegates to Conference will accept these
        principles and will assist in putting them into practice.

6.2     HARASSMENT

        There must be no sexual, racist, disablist, ageist, homophobic,
        biphobic or transphobic harassment at any time.

        Harassment consists of unwanted and unsolicited, physical, verbal
        or non-verbal conduct for example:

        distasteful jokes and abusive comments;
        displaying offensive materials e.g. pornographic pictures, pin-ups;
        unwanted comments on dress and/or appearance;
        repeated requests for dates;
        demands for sexual favours;
        asking intimate questions about someone's personal life;
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        gossip and speculation;
        verbal and physical abuse and using threatening behaviour;
        making assumptions based on stereotyping;
        exclusion from workplace social events;
        excluding someone from a conversation.

        This list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive and other forms of
        behaviour can also constitute discrimination, harassment,
        intimidation or victimisation.




6.3     LANGUAGE

        The language we use is extremely important and reflects deep
        rooted and longstanding societal power structures and beliefs.
        Racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist or disablist language will not be
        tolerated. This type of language can and should always be avoided.

        Generalisations are seldom helpful and seldom true. Please avoid
        making them.

        Jokes or comments based on sexist, racist, disablist, ageist or
        homophobic ideas or prejudices should not be made.

6.4     JARGON

        Jargon is a barrier to good communication. The more we become
        involved in trade union work the more likely we are to use jargon.
        Please take care to explain any jargon or initials that you use which
        others may not be familiar with so that everyone understands what
        you are talking about.

6.5     WORKING TOGETHER

        This Conference has been organised in order to bring together
        disabled members from throughout UNISON. We have between us
        a wealth of experience and ideas. It is important that everyone feels
        equal and able to make a contribution if they wish, so please:

        *       listen to others and avoid being dismissive of their contribution

        *       wait until a speaker has finished and do not interrupt their train
                of thought

        *       aim to have reasoned discussion, not argument
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        *       try to make criticism constructive so that it helps others
                develop confidence, skills and knowledge

        *       make your own contribution as clear and concise as possible
                and do not dominate the discussion

        *       ensure that everyone who wishes to speak is given the
                encouragement and opportunity to do so.

6.6     ACCESS ISSUES

6.6.1 Smoking

        National Disabled Members‟ Conference is a no-smoking
        Conference. Smoking is an access issue. Smoking is only
        permitted in designated areas or delegates' bedrooms (if smoking is
        permitted). Smoking is not allowed in corridors, toilets and other
        communal areas.

6.6.2 Flash Photography

        The National Disabled Members‟ Committee has indicated an
        access issue with flash photography. It can cause visual impairment
        and disorientation and interferes with signed communications.

        Therefore the National Executive Council has decided that there will
        be no flash photography at National Delegate Conference.

        This will also apply to National Disabled Members‟ Conference, at
        all times during the Conference, and in the Conference environs, at
        social events and in shared events.

6.6.3 Mobile Phones

        Mobile phones can interfere with access equipment, therefore
        please turn your mobile phone off while in the Conference Hall

6.7     SOCIALISING

        The time during Conference that we spend informally socialising is
        extremely important. We hope that everyone finds this time
        valuable and enjoyable. This means on the one hand ensuring that
        everyone feels free to join in if they want and on the other not
        putting pressure on individuals to fall in with a group if they don't
        want. Remember that there may be some people who are
        recovering from alcohol problems, so please do not put pressure on
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        others to drink. Also we would ask that everyone respects each
        others differing needs for sleep. If you choose to stay up late please
        try not to disturb others.

        Also remember that if everyone is going to feel comfortable during
        social occasions then the above guidelines, particularly that
        regarding harassment, must be adhered to throughout the whole
        weekend.

        We would also like to remind delegates that all the hotel staff and
        managers are aware that we represent disabled members in
        UNISON. Because of this we are in a sense in the public eye this
        weekend and any adverse behaviour may reflect not only on the
        individual involved but also may affect the reputation of disabled
        members generally and of UNISON.

6.8     CONCLUSION

        We sincerely hope that all delegates will understand the principles
        underlying these guidelines and will adhere to them in order that we
        can all feel relaxed and secure and can get as much as possible
        from the whole Conference and above all enjoy ourselves.


UNISON reserves the right to ask any delegate to leave the Conference
whose behaviour does not conform to the guidelines. Conference will be
advised from the platform of the named senior officer with responsibility
for dealing with alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct.




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                                       JARGON SHEET


SELF-ORGANISATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Self Organisation                       Groups facing discrimination meeting and
                                        organising to determine their collective
                                        agenda and feeding it into the union's
                                        structure

SOGs                                    The four Self-Organised Groups: defined by
                                        UNISON national rules as women members,
                                        black members, disabled members, and
                                        lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT)
                                        members

NDMC                                    National Disabled Members' Committee

National LGBT Comm.                     National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
                                        Committee

NBMC                                    National Black Members' Committee

NWC                                     National Women's Committee

Positive Action                         Action to combat the prejudice and
                                        discrimination experienced by members of
                                        the self-organised groups

Self-Definition                         Right of people to define themselves, e.g. as
                                        a disabled person

Proportionality                         The representation of women and men in fair
                                        proportion to the relevant number of women
                                        and men members - UNISON has a rulebook
                                        commitment to proportionality

Fair Representation                     The broad balance of representation of
                                        members taking into account the balance
                                        between part-time and full-time workers,
                                        manual and non-manual workers, different
                                        occupations,         skills,    qualifications,
                                        responsibilities, race, sexual orientation and
                                        disability - UNISON has a rulebook
                                        commitment to fair representation

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UNISON ORGANISATION

National Delegate Conference    Supreme decision making body of
                           UNISON - annual conference of branch
                           delegates, at which the self-organised
                           groups have representation


NEC                                     National Executive Council - elected body of
                                        lay members

Lay Member                              A member who is not also an employee of
                                        the union

Lay Structure                           A body that does not consist of employees of
                                        the union

Regions                                 UNISON is organised into 12 regions around
                                        the country, each with their own regional
                                        office and staff

Service Groups                          UNISON organises members in the following
                                        services - Energy, Healthcare, Higher
                                        Education, Local Government, Police Staff,
                                        Transport, Water and Environment.

                                        The service group has autonomy to decide
                                        the group's general policy and negotiate on
                                        behalf of their members. Each service group
                                        has an annual conference of delegates
                                        which sets the group's agenda for the
                                        following year

Sector                                  A sub-group of a service group, for example
                                        the Voluntary Sector of the Local
                                        Government Service Group or the Nursing
                                        and Midwives Sector of the Healthcare
                                        Service Group

Code of Good Branch Practice    A set of guidelines, including a chapter
                           on Self-Organisation, drawn up by the
                           National Executive Council which it
                           considers desirable for branches to follow

UNISON Focus                            Monthly magazine for stewards and activists

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U Magazine                              Magazine for all members

APF/Labour Link                         Affiliated Political Fund:      fund from
                                        contributions from opted-in members used to
                                        support the Labour Party

GPF                                     General Political Fund:           fund from
                                        contributions from opted-in members used
                                        for non party political campaigning

UNISON Centre                           UNISON Head Office, located between
                                        Euston and Kings Cross train stations in
                                        London




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DISABLED MEMBERS' ORGANISATION

Branch Regional Groups                  UNISON is working towards a network of
                                        disabled members in the union. Regional
                                        groups elect members to regional disabled
                                        members committees, where these are
                                        established. The regional disabled members
                                        group elects representatives to the National
                                        Disabled Members' Committee

Co-Chairs                               Two Chairpersons of equal status:        one
                                        women and one man

Caucus                                  Sub-group of committee/conference, for
                                        example disabled black members, disabled
                                        LGBT members, who meet to discuss their
                                        common concerns

National Officer                        The Officer who has the responsibility for an
                                        area or areas of work for the whole of the
                                        Union. The four self-organised groups each
                                        have a national officer. Gloria Foran is the
                                        National Officer with responsibility for
                                        disability issues.


CONFERENCE ORGANISATION

Standing Orders Committee Elected body of disabled members which
                          oversees the smooth running of Conference
                          business and ensures that the Standing
                          Orders are observed

Standing Orders                         The rules governing the conduct of business
                                        - agreed by Conference as a whole

Plenary                                 All delegates meeting together

Motion                                  A formal proposal to be debated and voted
                                        upon

Amendment                               A proposed change to a motion that deletes
                                        from or adds to it



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Grouped Debate                          Two or more motions on the same topic, plus
                                        their amendments, debated together, but
                                        voted on separately, to allow all the positions
                                        in a discussion to be presented.

Substantive                             Motion as amended

Composite                               Two or more motions or amendments on the
                                        same topic combined to make one
                                        composite motion

Competent                               To be 'competent' a motion or amendment
                                        must comply with Standing Orders and the
                                        guidance issued by the Standing Orders
                                        Committee, be appropriate and make sense,
                                        such as not demanding something which is
                                        already UNISON policy or instructing a body
                                        outside UNISON

Delegate                                Member sponsored by her/his branch with
                                        voting    rights.        Disabled   Members'
                                        Conference delegates are not directly
                                        mandated by their branches.           This is
                                        because      branch      disabled   members'
                                        structures are not fully developed around the
                                        country yet

Meeting Facilitator                     Person who enables discussion in small
                                        group meeting

Personal Assistant/Facilitator                Person who assists a disabled member

Service Providers                       Signers, interpreters,     speech     to   text
                                        operators



ABBREVIATIONS USED

ATWS                                    Access to Work Scheme

BCODP                                   British Council of Disabled People

BSL                                     British Sign Language

DDA                                     Disability Discrimination Act

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DLA                                     Disability Living Allowance

DRC                                     Disability Rights Commission

LGA                                     Local Government Association

TUDA                                    Trade Union Disability Alliance




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          8. HEALTH AND SAFETY
                            INFORMATION




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8.1    UNISON Conferences Health and Safety Policy Statement

        UNISON has in place a Health and Safety policy document (copy
        available in the Conference Office) which applies to all the activities
        that it undertakes including the organisation and administration of all
        its conferences.

        This means that UNISON is committed to its responsibility to provide
        delegates, sharers, visitors, and staff to conferences with a healthy
        and safe environment. UNISON will comply with all health and
        safety statutory requirements and codes of practice as a minimum
        standard.

        UNISON will (so far as is reasonably practicable) pay particular
        attention to:

        (a)     The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work
                that are safe and healthy;

        (b)     Arrangements for ensuring safety and absence of risks to
                health in connection with the use, handling, storage and
                transport of articles and substances;

        (c)     The provision of such information, instruction, training and
                supervision to ensure the health and safety at work of staff
                and others attending conference;

        (d)     The provision of a safe means of access to and egress from
                conference;

        (e)     The maintenance of a conference working environment that is
                safe, without risks to health and provides adequate facilities
                and arrangements for welfare at work.

        To fulfil its commitment UNISON works closely with representatives
        of its staff, Conference Centre management, contractors and all
        service providers to produce agreed policies and procedures on
        health and safety issues and to monitor their application.

        In the event of any Health and Safety issues and problems arising
        they should contact the Conference Office.

8.2     Evacuation Procedures

        A pre-recorded message will be played before the start of
        Conference each day, with a summary of the evacuation procedures
        detailed on a large screen.
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9.1     Flash Photography

        The National Disabled Members‟ Committee has indicated an
        access issue with flash photography. It can cause visual impairment
        and disorientation and interferes with signed communications.

        Therefore the National Executive Council has decided that there will
        be no flash photography at National Delegate Conference.

        This will also apply to National Disabled Members‟ Conference, at
        all times during the Conference, and in the Conference environs, at
        social events and in shared events.


9.2     Mobile Phones

        The signal from mobile phones can interfere with access equipment,
        therefore please turn your mobile phone off while in the Conference
        Hall


9.3     Accessibility Summary of The Brighton Centre, Brighton

Parking

The Brighton Centre is well served by 3 multi storey NCP car parks.
Russell Road car park is sited in the same block as the Brighton Centre
and the pedestrian access from the car park is located at the corner of
Russell Road and Cannon Place.

Car parks Churchill 1 and Churchill 2 are located to the North side of
Russell Road.
Pedestrian access via lifts is located within the Churchill shopping centre.
For any delegates using wheelchairs and wishing to park close to the
Brighton Centre, the NCP Russell Road car park would be the most
convenient. The Russell Road car park has 16 dedicated disabled parking
bays sited close to the car park passenger lifts and 2 are located on each
floor.

Main Entrance to the Brighton Centre

The Brighton Centre comprises of 2 buildings which are interconnected;
the Brighton Centre and The Syndicate Wing. The main entrance to the
Brighton Centre is located on Kings Road and the main entrance to The
Syndicate Wing is located on Russell Road.

Access between each building is also available internally.
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Exterior Access

For delegates arriving by wheelchair, there is a dedicated wheelchair
access door on the West side of the new frontage, this has push button
facility. This allows access to a small foyer area servicing the Brighton
Centre Box Office and also FEED café. There is then another push button
activated door alongside the three revolving doors which facilitates access
to The Brighton Centre main foyer.

For delegates arriving on foot, there is a large revolving door to the new
frontage of the venue facilitating access to a small foyer servicing The
Brighton Centre Box Office and FEED café, there are then three revolving
doors allowing access to The Brighton Centre
main foyer. There is also access from FEED café into the Main Foyer
which is also fully accessible compliant

Please note that the 3 sets of double doors located to the East section of
the King‟s Road elevation are Fire Doors only and do not provide access
into the building.

Main Entrance to the adjacent Syndicate Wing

Exterior Access
The main entrance to the Syndicate Wing is located on Russell Road and
is accessed via 3 double door sets which are of manual operation. There
is no designated powered accessible entrance door, however a steward
should always be available to offer assistance if required.

Internal Access into the Syndicate Wing

The Syndicate Wing can also be accessed from the inside of the Brighton
Centre.

For delegates travelling by wheelchair, please travel to the rear of the
Brighton Centre at Ground Floor level. There are 3 lifts located at the rear
of the building. Take the lift furthest on the right as you face the lifts.
Travel one level up to the Mezzanine Level. When you exit the lift you will
see a series of Fire Exit doors located in front of you. Turn right and travel
to the far end of the Fire Exit doors. Behind the Fire Exit door at the far
end of the run, within the lobby, is a semi automatic powered door which
is operated by a metal push plate. Push the plate and the door will open to
provide access through to The Syndicate Wing, via a ramp sited within a
loading bay. This will lead either to a lift or through to Syndicate Room 2
on the Ground Floor.

If you require assistance at any stage, please ask a steward.
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For delegates able to use stairs, please use the internal stepped access
located at the rear of the Brighton Centre. This will take you straight
through into The Syndicate Wing.

Main Foyer
The Main Foyer area within the Brighton Centre is large and generally
easy to access.
2 Enquiry Desks will be provided at which portable induction loops are
located.

Communal Areas: Brighton Centre
All rooms where meetings are held incorporate perimeter induction loop
systems.
Ground Floor

The Ground Floor Box Office is located at the front of the building (Kings
Road side). It has a low level counter section located at the far end and
has a portable hearing induction loop installed.

The Ground Floor Information & Gifts counter is located to the front of the
building on the East side. It incorporates a low level counter section and a
portable induction loop.

Between the ground and the first floor the staircase is made up of 3 steps
to a 1500mm deep landing, then 16 steps to another landing then 12
steps up to the first floor. The treads measure 295mm approx. and the
risers measure 150mm approx. The unobstructed width of the stairs is
approx. 1920mm wide.

There are no tonally contrasting nosings identifying the edge of each tread
and riser.

Mezzanine Level

There is a V.I.P. / Security Counter located at the rear of the building
(Russell Road side). This incorporates a low level counter section and a
portable hearing induction loop. This can be accessed by the lifts at the
rear of the building. Take the far left lift as you face them and travel up to
the Mezzanine level. The lift exits within the V.I.P. / Security area.

First Floor

The First Floor incorporates Auditorium 1 and Auditorium 2. Both halls
have a permanent induction loop installed. There are designated
wheelchair locations provided during both standing and seated concerts.

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The First Floor also incorporates a 2Bar, East and West bars, each have a
low level counter section.

The First Aid Room is situated to the rear of the West Bar.

Second Floor

This is a small floor area incorporating a Meeting Room 3, Office 4,
Meeting Room 5 and Kitchen and is located to the rear of the building.

Third Floor

The Restaurant located at the front (Kings Road side) and has a low level
counter section. This area is all at one level, is wheelchair accessible via
lifts 1 and 2 At third floor level, within the auditorium area a dedicated
platform area has been provided for any delegates using wheelchairs.
This wheelchair platform is located in a prime area on the South balcony.
There is no direct access between the South side of the building and the
North side of the building for any delegates.

2 public telephones are provided on a stair landing at the rear of the
Brighton Centre. There are currently no telephones which are considered
to be accessible.

On the Third Floor North side of the venue you will find Meeting Rooms 6,
8, 9 and 10 and Offices 7, 11, 12 and 13. These are all fully accessible for
wheelchair users via the lifts to the North side of the venue and are also
accessed via the North staircase which also takes
you to Syndicates 3 and 4

Communal Areas: The Syndicate Wing
The Syndicate Wing has Syndicate Rooms 1 and 2 located on the Ground
Floor and Syndicate Rooms 3 and 4 located on the First Floor. There is
also an accessible bar area located on the Ground Floor.

Lifts: Brighton Centre
There are 2 passenger lifts located to the front (King‟s Road) side of the
building and 3 passenger lifts located to the rear (Russell Road) side.


All lifts are considered to be adequately large enough to carry a large
wheelchair and companion. All lifts have wheelchair accessible control
buttons. The lift car measurements are approx. 1970mm x 1760mm.
There is a clear width opening of 1100mm approx.

Lifts: The Syndicate Wing

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The Syndicate Wing has one passenger lift which serves the Ground and
First Floor. The lift is considered to be adequately large enough to carry a
large wheelchair and companion. The lift car control buttons are located at
1200mm above the floor level and may not be easily accessible to some
users.

Toilets: Brighton Centre
There are wheelchair accessible toilets located on the Ground, First and
Third Floors.
The Ground Floor accessible toilets are located within the Male and
Female toilets.
The female accessible WC measures approx. 1950mm x 1740mm. The
male accessible WC measures approx. 1800mm x 1700mm.

There are 2 Unisex accessible toilets located adjacent to the Male and
Female toilets within the East and West Bar areas in the East and West
Balcony. The unisex accessible WC at the West Balcony is sited adjacent
to the general provision and the compartment measures 1740mm x
1570mm. The unisex accessible WC at the East Balcony is also
sited adjacent to the general provision and the compartment measures
approx. 1950mm x 1200mm. There is one Unisex accessible toilet located
near to the entrance of the Restaurant at Third Floor level on the East
side.

There are general Male and Female toilets located on every floor.

Toilets: The Syndicate Wing

There is one Unisex accessible toilet located within the Foyer area on the
Ground and First Floors and the compartment measures approx. 2020mm
x 1730mm.
There are general Male and Female toilets located within the Foyer area
on the Ground and First Floors.

Evacuation

The Brighton Centre and The Syndicate Wing are both well served by Fire
Exit routes.
Evac chairs are located within Emergency Escape Stairs. Stewards are
responsible for the safe evacuation of delegates from each floor level and
will check all toilet facilities on evacuation.




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Access in Brighton
On the Brighton and Hove Council web site there is a link to the website
by The federation of disabled people- centre for independent living .

This organisation in Brighton has produced information on blue badge car
parking, access on various city facilities listed in the A-Z link which may be
useful for conference attendees:

They state:
“The Accessible City Guide is the Federation's award-winning online guide
to what's accessible in the city. We feature everything from hotels,
restaurants, bars and cafes to parks and public buildings. Reviews are
conducted by our city guide volunteers, and feature information on a wide
range of access issues including physical access, lighting and noise.

Please note that our reviews are intended as a guide only and are
places that our volunteers like to visit - they don't imply any
recommendation. We also suggest for more detailed or specific
information, that you contact the venue direct to ensure it meets
your needs.

We work in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Council”
The link to the web site is: http://www.bhfederation.org.uk/accessible-city-
guide.html

The link to the web site A-Z page is: http://www.bhfederation.org.uk/a-z-
list-of-all-reviews.html

The above site includes all information on travel in the Brighton and Hove
area.




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                      CONFERENCE VENUE




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Floor plans

Ground Floor




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First Floor




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Second Floor




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Third Floor




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                                Check-In Time: 2:00 PM
                               Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM




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