Response to UN Committee report on UK government policies towards disabled people

11 September 2017

In response to UN Committee report on UK government policies towards disabled people our chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘This report brings into sharp focus the huge difficulties and barriers thousands of disabled people in the UK face every day. Vital support is often just not there.

‘Lack of basic help, including for things like washing or cooking, has a huge impact on the well-being of disabled people and their families.

‘Half of disabled people who say they need social care don’t receive it, leaving many trapped at home, isolated and unemployed.

‘Meanwhile, reductions in independence allowances and payments compound obstacles around accessing employment, volunteering, education or other opportunities.

‘These can transform lives and enable disabled people to fulfil their potential.  

‘An independent cross-party commission is urgently needed to find a long-term solution to the social care crisis, which is perpetuating disabled people being side-lined and marginalised.’

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