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

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 itLike a lot of other disabled people, I’ve been eagerly following the progress of the United Nations’ inspection into the UK’s record on disability rights. Last month in Geneva, a UK delegation faced questioning by a UN committee based on 2,000 pages of evidence gathered during the course of its inquiry. The UN’s final report, published on Thursday, as widely expected, is a 17-page-long catalogue of shame, and highly critical of the UK’s record on almost every area covered by the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).

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