EHRC report says benefit cuts are ‘significantly affecting the already low living standards of disabled people’.
Disabled people in Britain face an uphill battle for real equality and are more than twice as likely to be living in food poverty than non-disabled people, according to a damning new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Its report, ‘Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal‘, says people with disabilities “are being left behind in society” and warns progress towards real equality for disabled people is “littered with missed opportunities and failures”.
The report is described as the most “comprehensive” analysis of the rights of disabled people ever published, and calls for “a new national focus on the rights of the thirteen million disabled people who live in Britain”.
According to the analysis, disabled people living in Britain today lack equal opportunities in education and employment, and face significant barriers to accessing transport, health services and housing. Adding that the cumulative impact of several years of government welfare cuts is “significantly affecting the already low living standards of disabled people”.
The EHRC has forwarded the report to the United Nations, ahead of its examination of the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), which has been signed and ratified by the UK Government.