Labour demands answers after UN described Tory cuts as a ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people

Work and Pensions Secretary called to appear before Parliament and answer for the UK Government’s “failure” to uphold disabled people’s rights.

The Labour Party has called on the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), David Gauke MP, to come before Parliament to explain why the Government has failed to implement recommendations from a United Nations report into the rights of disabled people.

The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities described years of cuts to social security benefits, social care, and other public services, as a “human catastrophe” for disabled people living in the UK.

Following the first ever investigation into a breach of their convention protecting disabled people’s rights last year, the UN found that the UK Government has committed “grave and systematic violations”, and set out a number of measures they needed to take to improve.

The UN Committee said implementation of the initial recommendations has been ‘uneven’ and ‘insufficient’.

Despite having months to improve, the Government is still failing to understand, adapt to or apply a human rights model of disability, and has urged the UK Government to properly consult disabled people in the implementation of the convention and address concerns about the impact cuts are having on disabled people’s lives.

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “Yesterday’s damning report highlights the complete failure of this Tory Government to listen to the UN, and to take action to guarantee the basic rights of disabled people.

“Their lack of progress across almost all of the UN Committee’s recommendations reflects the Government’s refusal to accept the misery faced by disabled people as a result of their failing austerity agenda.

“The Secretary of State must come before the House at the earliest possible opportunity to explain why the Government has refused to listen to the UN, and instead continues to violate disabled people’s rights.

“The next Labour Government will incorporate the UN CRPD fully into UK law.”

Source: Labour Party UK

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