Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has blasted the UK Government following the findings of a damning report by the United Nations scrutinising policies towards disabled people.
The report, published last week by the UN’s Committee on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities, found that Government policies towards the disabled were causing a “human catastrophe”. The committee also stated that the UK was of greater concern than of any other nation within its 10 year history.
Chris Elmore MP commented: “Only one conclusion can be taken from this report: a reversal of the decisions which have led to half a million disabled people being between £2,000 and £3,000 is now a moral necessity.”
The report found that recent UK legislation has “failed to recognise living independently and being included in the community as a human right”.
The Ogmore MP continued: “This isn’t an equality tick-box exercise: this is about an individual’s ability to live rather than just be alive.”
The UN Committee stated that the UK Government was failing to uphold disabled people’s rights across numerous policy areas including: education, employment, housing, health, transport and social security.
Radical changes to disability benefits have been brought in by the Conservatives since 2010 including a £30 cut to Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the migration of claimants from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) over to the more stringent criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), and the introduction of Work Capability Assessments (WCAs).
Disability groups across the UK have condemned the Government following the report.