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The Tories quietly announced Universal Credit won’t be rolled out to constituencies of Theresa May, IDS, David Gauke and Damian Green until the problems are fixed. The rest of the country will have to suffer it. Read more
Theresa May has had enough of the UN breathing down her neck for violating CRPD laws and has threatened to pull the plug on their funding.
The United Kingdom had signed up to CRPD optional protocols to protect the rights of disabled people. It’s a checkbox that gives an appearance the Tories respect disabled people.
In reality the Tories show contempt for the sick, disabled and the poor. They famously blocked a £3 million fund set up by the EU to help UK’s poor people.
Here is what they found..
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You can read the full initial UN report here: http://d.pr/f/dob2
TV news has not been completely silent over Tory treatment of disabled people..
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.
A United Nations committee will hear from British disability campaigners that the Government is breaching the rights of disabled people and ignoring requests for information on key issues.
On Monday activists will tell the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that their previous concerns have only been met with complacent or evasive answers.
In October the CRPD reported that welfare reforms have led to “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, findings the Government said it strongly disagreed with.
The committee is now conducting a much wider investigation to assess the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, as part of a periodic review all nations signed up to the convention must go through.
Kamran Mallick, the chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said many of the Government’s answers in its submission to the committee “have a tone of complacency at best and high-handed evasion at worst”.
He said it has provided no evidence to show how it is supporting people to lead independent lives, while its description of the Equality Act and the Care Act “simply don’t reflect the everyday experiences of disabled people in the UK”.
Mr Mallick added: “Many disabled people and their families saw the UK’s signature of the international convention as a vital milestone on the journey to true equality and the fulfilment that comes with leading independent, rounded lives.
“They now feel betrayed by the Government’s failure to adhere to either the spirit or the letter of the convention.
“Small steps forward are more than outweighed by a raft of significant adverse measures, such as cruel and demeaning benefit changes and the extension of compulsory mental health treatment to the community.”
Mr Mallick is set to tell the committee in Geneva that a range of Government policies and a lack of appropriate support and services from the NHS and local authorities mean the UK is breaching the human rights of many disabled people.
Many disabled people are unable to live the independent, fulfilling lives they could enjoy if the Government respected the convention, he will say.
CRPD’s review will look at issues such as detentions under mental health legislation, employment, education, transport and housing.
Disability Rights UK and other groups will give verbal evidence to the committee on Monday.
The committee will question representatives from the UK and devolved governments later this week.
The committee’s previous inquiry was instigated by the charity Disabled People Against Cuts, which contacted CRPD in 2012.
Other charities subsequently confirmed that they had also been in contact with the UN.
The UN’s report highlighted the impact of changes to housing benefit entitlement, eligibility criteria for personal independence payments and social care, and the closure of the independent living fund.
Backup to article here
“We were given lists of customers to call immediately and get them on to the Work Programme,” she recalls. “I said, ‘I’m sorry this can’t happen, this man is in hospital.’ I was told [by my boss]: ‘No, you’ve got to phone him and you’ve got to put this to him and he may be sanctioned.’ I said I’m not doing it.” – Angela Neville
Ken Loach talks about the reality in jobcentres as Iain Duncan Smith says “It doesn’t matter as these people don’t vote for us anyway” Watch video
Iain Duncan Smith refuses to be blamed over DWP deaths. Blame should be directed at his colleague Chris Grayling, he hinted. In case that wasn’t enough he tried to blame Labour for the deaths despite the fact that it was the Tories who rolled out the scheme nationally.