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9th October 2018

UK Independent Mechanism report on Disability Rights in the UK

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The UK Independent Mechanism has published its update report exploring the progress made by the UK government to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK.

The UK Independent Mechanism has published its update report exploring the progress made by the UK government a year on from the recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK.

The report was examining the steps taken to implement the CRPD Committee recommendations on: independent living, work and employment, and an adequate standard of living and social protection.

Below is a summary of the progress made by the UK:

  • Independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Increase in the number of disabled people in employment and slight decrease of the disability employment gap
  • Government initiatives to further improve disabled people access to employment across UK
  • Significant increase of the Access to Work payment cap
  • Proposals to introduce targets for the number of disabled people employed in the public sector in Scotland
  • Welsh Government’s Supporting People programme, and proposed measures to tackle online hate speech, harassment and abuse in the UK

However, the report highlights that the UK has taken limited steps to address the concerns and recommendations of the CRPD Committee. Below are some of the main concerns from the report:

  • No evidence of a comprehensive UK wide strategy demonstrating how the UK will implement the CRPD Committees recommendations
  • Disabled people across the UK continue to face serious regression of many of their rights
  • Social protections have been reduced and disabled people and their families continue to be some of the hardest hit
  • More and more disabled people are finding it difficult to live independently and be included, and participate, in their communities on an equal basis.

To read the full report, ‘Progress on disability rights in the United Kingdom’, please click here