Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era on 6th July 2014

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Report: A report published today by Just Fair finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people. (Click here for full report).

The report is the first comprehensive analysis of the extent to which the UK government is meeting its international obligations to realise the rights of disabled people in the austerity era. It examines the rights to independent living, work, social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living.

Combining legal analysis with testimony-based evidence, the report concludes that government policies are compromising disabled people’s enjoyment of these fundamental rights, causing significant hardship.

The report - Dignity and Opportunity for All: Securing the rights of disabled people in the austerity era - analyses the impact on disabled people of public austerity and the reform of social security.

Evidence Evidence and case studies from disabled people and people with a long term health condition were provided via an online survey or sent directly to Just Fair. Three areas of social security policy were of concern to the greatest number of those who responded: * Employment and Support Allowance (long term sickness benefit) and the Work Capability Assessment, * Personal Independence Payment (for support with disability-related costs), and * The housing benefit size criteria for claimants in social housing (reduced housing support for households with a ‘spare’ bedroom).

Please find the survey results and anonymised case studies below.

Acknowledgments: This report was authored by Jane Young. Aoife Nolan authored Chapter 2 and provided input throughout the report. Neil Crowther provided advice and support. Alice Donald provided editorial and overall support.

We are extremely grateful to the organisations that provide funding for our vital monitoring and advocacy work: Barrow Cadbury Trust, Clifford Chance Foundation, Henry Tinsley Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Network for Social Change.

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