About Us

Kester Disability Rights is a mixture of free and fee-paying services to fill gaps caused by Government cuts.  It is not-for-profit with all money raised from cases being reinvested to maintain and grow services.

All resources and advice and information are free. The only time the question of a charge arises is if we take on your case and then only if we win.  We use the money we make from cases where we get new cash the claimant wasn't expecting to fund free advice as well as the website.

To access the different sections please check the "What we do" menu above where you can find an expanding range of useful information and template letters.

Here is one example of why just getting benefits back through the appeals process is not always enough, hence our involvement in discrimination claims.

Oral appeal tribunals are by no means the only way of getting decisions overturned.  Sometimes decisions can be overturned more quickly and/or without the stress of an oral hearing and, if an oral hearing is necessary, a telephone hearing may be more suitable. 

If you wanted us to help you with your case, and we win a lump sum, you pay 25% (one quarter) of your benefits arrears and/or compensation. So if, for example, you are awarded £2,000 you will receive £1,500. If we do not win you pay nothing.

Our Director has over 20 years experience of disability rights work. His last job was as manager of a legal casework service for a national disability charity. Before that he was chief officer of a Citizens Advice Bureau.  Also, previous to that he worked in various casework and supervision roles for various Citizens Advice Bureaux and Age Concern.  He also worked for three MPs. Kester set KDR up because the charity model of advice provision doesn't work very well because services funded in such a way are too limited and there can be unhealthy influence when funding comes from the Government or Local Authorities.

Here is our Director dealing with benefits sanctions in Salford, again showing the need for independent rights-based advice and his track-record of providing it.

There are strict time limits for remedies – sometimes as little as one month from a bad decision by the DWP, so please don’t delay in making contact.

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