Decades of progress for Scots disabled people “at risk” : THIRD FORCE NEWS


Decades of gains for disabled people could be wiped out because their needs are not being addressed.

Despite much vaunted government initiatives to tackle disabled inequality, a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said 20 years of progress could be lost.

Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in the UK. It builds on the commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, called Is Britain Fairer?.

Little is being done in the key areas needed to address inequality in Scotland such as educational attainment, disabled access, employment and housing, the report said.

Worryingly 15% of Scottish wheelchair users were “inadequately housed”.

Alastair Pringle, head of EHRC Scotland, said the report brought the disadvantages that Scottish disabled people faced into “sharp focus”.

“We have a large pool of skilled and talented people who are unable to fully contribute to Scottish society – economically, socially or civically – because of avoidable barriers,” he said.

“This isn’t just a problem for disabled people it’s a problem for all Scots – we need to harness this untapped potential.”

The report also highlighted a “persistent and widening” disability pay gap and deteriorating access to justice.


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