There may be an alternative universe in which it troubles the UK government to find itself accused by the United Nations of “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. Sadly, it isn’t this universe. A UN report published this week documented multiple violations of disabled claimants’ rights, including the way that they are portrayed as being lazy and a burden on taxpayers, the harm to health caused by unfair assessments, the cuts to legal aid, the imposition of the bedroom tax and the ending of the Independent Living Fund. The secretary of state for work and pensions, Damian Green, however, gave not a moment’s consideration to the detailed and carefully worded report. Instead, he dismissed it as “outdated”, “patronising” and “offensive”, insisting that it’s not “the amount of money poured into the system”, that counts but “the work and health outcomes for disabled people”. Likewise, the plot to force many, probably most, support group claimants to take part in work-related activities - even though they are in the support group precisely because the DWP doesn’t think they are able to undertake work-related activities – is enthusiastically supported by Green.
Claimants Rights Systematically Violated Says UN, Plus Support Group Under Attack