Continued lack of action from the UK Government on the UN Committee’s recommendations undermines its position as a global leader on disability rights. This is one of the concerns expressed by the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) in their June 2018 briefing on the Government’s response to the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.
If slow growth in productivity is the ‘new normal’, the same will be true for living standards growth. This is according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies June 2018 report; Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK.
At least 12 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010. This is according to a May 2018 report by the Care and Support Alliance which reveals the impact of the failing social care system.
‘Disability rights are not always seen in practice, with disabled people still facing many barriers; material and attitudinal.’ The final report of ‘Getting Thing Changed’, a research project by the University of Bristol and Disability Rights explores how social practices can exclude disabled people, and how this can be changed.
Brexit attempts to shed minimum standards of justice and equality. This will disproportionately affect access to justice and the rights of women, BAME communities, LGBTQI, those with disabilities, workers and third country nationals. This is according to Dr Kimberley Brayson from the University of Sussex in a May 2018 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have published their response to the consultation on transforming the response to domestic abuse (pdf), in May 2018.
The rate of change in the positions of the Minister for Women and Equalities and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) is unsatisfactory and unsustainable. It is a source of disruption and confusion, both within the Civil Service and among stakeholders.
This is from the June 2018 report (pdf) from the Women and Equalities Committee on the role of Minister for Women and Equalities and the place of GEO in government.
Employers must do more to meet their Equality Act obligations to put in place reasonable adjustments for disabled workers.
This is from the May 2018 report (pdf) from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) which looks at the disability pay gap and the difference between the average hourly pay of disabled and non-disabled people.
With a disability employment gap of 38.5%, London is wasting huge opportunities to make the economy bigger and fairer. This is according to the May 2018 publication by Trust for London and Social Market Foundation on disabled people and employment.
‘60% of people underestimate the number of disabled people in Britain today.’ This is according to a May 2018 report by Scope on attitudes towards disability in the UK.