By Jack Sommers in The Huffington Post.
Disabled people’s ability to live independent lives has been eroded by years of cuts to social care and payments, a leading human rights body has warned.
Changes to benefits and care under austerity have led to the disabled being “increasingly marginalised and shut out of society”, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warns as a UN committee meets to evaluate Britain’s track record on their rights.
It meets on Wednesday in Geneva to re-evaluate how well Britain is implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, which the UK government ratified in 2009.
Last year, the same committee concluded that changes to social security had led to “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, blaming cuts to housing benefits, changes for the criteria for parts of the new Personal Independence Payment and the Independent Living Fund’s closure.
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