Story by John Pring in Disability News Service.
A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.
Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.
She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.
Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”.
She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.
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