UK Government In Breach of UN Guidelines On Disabled People

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A report in today's Independent :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 00176.html
Government accused of breaching UN convention in its treatment of disabled people

'The Government will claim we’re world leaders in disability rights, but actually things have gone rapidly backwards in the last 10 years,' disability organisations will tell major UN committee
A taster :

The poor supply of accessible housing, the rise in the number of children educated in special schools and cuts to health and social care services, among other issues, place the UK in breach of the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, according to evidence submitted to the committee.

In another case, a young woman was unable to meet with researchers from Disability Rights UK because her care package had been cut and she wasn’t able to pay a carer to bring her, she said.


A whole host of " Injustices " mentioned in this report ... take your pick ... as carers , we see many through the eyes and ears of our caree.

Comments section towards the bottom ... I expect that it will be buzzing during the course of the day.
More on this one from today's Guardian :

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... les-rights

UN panel criticises UK failure to uphold disabled people's rights.

Charities say report is grim reality check and Labour says it highlights how disabled people are bearing brunt of austerity

Kamran Mallick, the chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “The committee’s final observations and comments represent a grim reality check for the UK government and its record on ensuring the human rights of disabled people.”

Ellen Clifford, of the campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts, said the report showed the UK government was going backwards on disability rights. “It is utterly shameful that this should be happening in one of the richest nations in the world. We all now need to take a stance that enough is enough and demand that the government acknowledge reality,” she said.

Debbie Abrahams MP, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said: “The UN committee has found that this Tory government is still failing sick and disabled people. Their damning report highlights what many disabled people already know to be true: that they are being forced to bear the brunt of failed Tory austerity policies.”

A government spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed that this report does not accurately reflect the evidence we gave to the UN, and fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives.

“We spend over £50bn a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7.

“We’re committed to furthering rights and opportunities for all disabled people, which is why it is encouraging that almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work in the UK over the last four years.

“We’re also a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.”


The usual accusations and rebuttals ... from our specific viewpoint , difficult for the Government to defend ?

One comment from the buzzing comment section :

Wait for the comments from government ministers saying the report that was compiled by speaking to disabled people themselves, is wrong.
Damian Green described the report as presenting a 'patronising and offensive' view of disabled people. Patronising and offensive that when disabled people can't work or need support they should expect to be able to live with dignity and basic rights. UK govt find this offensive!


Similar type report and comments in today's Independent :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 23006.html

Speaking DIRECTLY with disabled people ?

Whatever next ?

Speaking directly with carers ???
I would like to see a breakdown of the £ 50bn a year, as I suspect that figure includes the cost of reassessing folk for PIP, funding the disagreements, reassessments for PIP and ESA for people who should be on indefinite awards etc a lot of it wasted expenditure.

As an aside, re more children being educated in special schools - I teach in a special school and the children we have, need the very small classes, high staff ratio and specialist support. Equality doesn't necessarily mean giving each child the same experiences, but rather giving them the individualised opportunities they need. Some of our children have failed in mainstream and those of our children who would thrive in mainstream, we assist them to transition there.

Melly1
A little more from today's Guardian :

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... government

Austerity has trampled over disabled people’s rights. But the UK won’t admit it.

The UN has found that current policies violate both a UN convention and UK legislation. There is little hope for change when the government simply denies it.


However, the most shocking aspect of the UN report is what it reveals about the UK government’s increasing non-compliance with existing UK legislation. For example, it is obliged by law to carry out impact assessments and gather necessary statistics concerning any policies likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on disabled people. But its replies to UN requests for data repeatedly demonstrated that it is in breach of this public sector equality duty. As a result, the government’s schools green paper, published a year ago, failed to conduct the legally required impact assessment, even though this policy would undoubtedly have affected the life chances of many disabled children.

The report contains 60 recommendations for the UK government to bring it closer to implementation of the CRPD. But the UN has no enforcement power and the UK government has already struck a pose of indignant denial. “We’re disappointed that this report does not accurately reflect the evidence we gave to the UN, and fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives,” said a government spokesperson. With statements such as this it is hard to have much hope. In fact, with the government increasingly acting outside the law, it is likely that the situation for the human rights of disabled people in the UK will continue to deteriorate.

As a result, the government’s schools green paper, published a year ago, failed to conduct the legally required impact assessment, even though this policy would undoubtedly have affected the life chances of many disabled children.


Stretch that a little bit further ... carers denied further education through the 21 Hour Rule ???

Answer ... no problem for any carer IF they are prepared to lose CA ....

Usual comments section ... a few " Unfriendly " one as one might expect ?