Politics and Insights


I reported last year that the UK has become the first country to face a United Nations inquiry into disability rights violations.A formal investigation was launched by the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Officials from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are to visit  Britain after the Tories announced a wave of new austerity measures, including slashing disability benefits by £30 a week.

Thousands of sick and disabled people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are having their weekly payment cut from £102.15 to £73.10, which is the same amount as jobseekers’ allowance, if they are assessed as being able to undertake “work-related activity”. Bearing in mind that in order to claim ESA in the first place, prior to assessment, a doctor has already deemed these people unfit for work, the move to cut lifeline benefits further is…

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