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UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reports ‘grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities’

A United Nations Committee report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has widely condemned the Conservative Government’s austerity welfare cuts.

The report states that drastic cuts to housing benefits, the Independent Living Fund and social services, has resulted in disabled claimants feeling “
high levels of stress, anxiety and depression as a consequence of the shortfalls in their budget”.

The report goes further to state that, based on these welfare cuts,
there is “reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met”.

Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has launched a Scottish Parliamentary Members’ Debate motion to condemn the findings of the report.

Commenting, Ms. McKelvie added:

“The findings of this report are what I and many of my parliamentary colleagues already knew – Conservative austerity welfare cuts are attacking the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.

“The Conservative Government should be rightly condemned for the ‘conscious cruelty’ of their welfare cuts. As the report signifies, there reliable evidence that the human rights of disabled persons’ have been breached as a result of austerity.

“Moreover, that the very same austerity has disproportionally and adversely affected the rights of disabled people over every other claimant. 

“I felt compelled to launch motion S5M-02407: ‘UN Report on the Impact of Welfare Cuts on Disabled People’. The motion has garnered cross-party support in The Scottish Parliament, rightly showing the strength of feeling on all sides of the chamber.

“I look forward to discussing these issues in Parliament, rightly holding the UK Government to account for their compliance in the systematic failures of their austerity programme."