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Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) submit report to UN, finding government failings in upholding the rights of disabled people.

What:  A highly-critical report finds that government ministers are failing to uphold the rights of disabled people, ignoring the need to engage with disabled people’s organisations, and do not understand the UN’s disability convention. The report was compiled by disabled people’s organisations across the UK and submitted to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Among its concerns, it highlights the continuing rollout of universal credit (UC) and says DPOs are “gravely concerned” at the failure to assess the access needs of disabled people due to be moved onto UC and the lack of the necessary data to monitor its impact.

Why significant:  Raises further concerns about the impact of the government’s welfare reforms on disabled people, including the impact of the new universal credit.


Ministers ‘failing to uphold a UN disability convention they do not understand’, Pring, 2018