Following the UN Disability Committee report – it’s time to focus

Making rights make sense

“This dithering is unacceptable” Mark Harper, Shadow Minister for Disabled People on the then Labour government’s delay in ratifying the UN Disability Rights Convention, January 2009

At the heart of this report lies an outdated view of disability which is patronising and offensive. We strongly refute its findings.”  Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the criticisms of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities November 2016

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Some have concluded that the government has complacently dismissed an  inquiry report by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the devastating impact of austerity measures since 2010.   I believe they are wrong and the government is on the run.

The clue is in the government’s considerable efforts to pre-empt and then sink the report. The work, disability and health Green Paper had been in preparation for over 2 years and…

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