Is The Government Doing Enough To Protect Disabled Rights?
This is a very prominent question on the lips of many people in the UK but in reality, the UK Government has been found to be failing to support and sustain the rights of disabled people in a number of different areas.
This was found following a UN inquiry and it was concluded that the UK has not done enough to maintain the convention that supports disabled people to live an independent life, work and be protected socially without being discriminated against. Therefore, the UK law and policies do not reflect this.
While the Welsh and Scottish government have received praise it seems as though the UK Government is falling short because of inconsistencies and the way in which they approach disability rights. The government has also been criticised for not acknowledging the impact the austerity policies would have on those who live with disabilities. Alongside this, it looks as though Government has not considered the impact leaving the EU will have and so, they are failing to protect disability rights here.
The findings have brought home a harsh reality for the UK government and it is clear to see that Conservative austerity policies are affecting disabled people and this is where the problem lies.
The government is not doing enough in a wide range of areas. Education is one area where disabled children are being educated in special schools as opposed to being educated in mainstream schools that have the correct facilities to be able to include disabled children. As well as this, welfare reforms and benefit cuts are also resulting in increased levels of poverty for disabled people and this has highlighted the need for a review of benefit sanctions as this is clearly having a negative impact. The lack of protection from the government is also seen in the way in which it is failing to support disabled people to live independently within the community. The correct resources are required to support individuals and this could be seen as one of the biggest failings.
It is not right that disabled people are bearing the brunt of these austerity policies and it is clear to see that things have to change and quickly at that. It is almost unbelievable when you consider just how badly the government are protecting disability rights, particularly as we are moving into a time where disabled people are now starting to see progress in terms of how they are perceived and treated within society.
So, what do the government plan to do?
There is no clear cut answer to this but only time will tell but the findings reveal a lot. However, the government has responded by saying that the report is accurate and that the progress it has made has not been recognised. The government spends £50bn per year to support disabled people which is a considerable amount but perhaps this is not enough. Despite this, how the government react to these findings will be one way of determining just how far they are willing to go to support disabled rights but right now, are they doing enough? The answer is simple, no.