14 March 2018
What: The Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes a report showing that the more disabled a person is, the harder they are likely to have been hit by the cuts and reforms that have been introduced by the government since 2010. The analysis shows disproportionately negative impacts on several protected groups, including disabled people, certain ethnic minorities, and women, as well as lone parents. The analysis looks at all the tax, national insurance, social security and minimum wage reforms made between May 2010 and January 2018. The report says that, on average, disabled lone parents with at least one disabled child will have lost almost 30 per cent of their net income, almost £10,000 per year, by the time the reforms and cuts are fully implemented in 2021-22.
Why significant: Shows it is feasible to carry out cumulative impact assessments in relation to the impact of the cuts and reforms on disabled people– something the government has consistently refused to do.