The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has launched an investigation into the UK’s measures to support the rights of disabled people.
Despite signing up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, there is concern that the UK is not putting this into practice. According to an article in The Independent, the UN has asked disability rights groups to create a report on the UK’s progress on implementing the convention.
The report by Disability Rights UK (DRUK), Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales, highlights cuts to benefits and support available to disabled people since the Coalition government. It criticises the lack of enforcement of legislation that is supposed to ensure equal rights. The report also looks at the shortfall in public housing for people with disabilities, the delays in implementing requirements for employers to make reasonable adjustments to allow disabled people to work and use services, as well as the sensitive case of unexplained deaths of disabled people in care.
Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “When the UK ratified the convention in 2009, millions of disabled people hoped for a new era of equality, fair treatment and the opportunity to take full part in society, like all other citizens. Sadly, successive governments have often failed to take account of disabled people’s rights when making policy, and have introduced some policies that actually make things much worse.”
Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, led the charity’s report. She said: “We have drawn on the experiences of disabled people across the UK to present a full picture of our daily lives and the impediments that prevent so many fulfilling their potential and living full, independent lives.”
The committee’s recommendations and conclusions on the UK’s progress in supporting those with disabilities, including wheelchair and mobility scooter users, is due later in 2017.
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