UK Government urged to act on disabled people's rights

The UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has written to the UK Government calling on it to take action to tackle the violations of disabled people's human rights arising from changes to the welfare system, highlighted in a recent inquiry report by the CRPD Committee.

The letter comes ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December and calls on the UK Government to reaffirm its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of disabled people, and to urgently reconsider the inquiry's recommendations.

Read the letter and Annex from UKIM to Penny Mordaunt MP, UK Government Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland have also written separately to the Scottish Government, welcoming its commitment to put respect for human dignity at the heart of its approach to social security and drawing attention to opportunities to strengthen its own Disability Action Plan.

Read the letter to Angela Constance MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Justice and Equalities.