Disabled people are ‘collateral damage’ in government’s austerity war new report reveals

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Disabled people are ‘collateral damage’ in government’s austerity war new report reveals

Disabled people are losing four times as much of their income as the richest 20% of households.

17/09/2012

The poorest 20% of the 2.7 million households receiving disability benefits will lose 16% of their cash income plus benefits-in-kind, four times as much as the richest 20% of households, according to a report published by the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People.

The report researched by Chris Edwards, a Research Associate at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, analyses the impact of the cuts and changes to benefits and services on disabled people and their families. The findings indicate that disabled people are being unfairly targeted.

The government has refused to do a cumulative impact assessment, claiming that it is too complex to do. The report, suggests the real reason is that disabled people are being ‘unfairly targeted in what amounts to collective punishment – prohibited under 1949 Geneva Conventions’.

The report highlights that disabled people are being cast as welfare scroungers in the government’s austerity war. A war which will increase disabled people’s poverty and undermine the ability of disabled people, ‘to live independent, dignified lives and roll back the advances in human rights won by disabled people over the last decades’.
More information is available at: www.documents.ncodp.org.uk/news

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