The Tories will today come under fire for cuts to disability support, as MPs debate the UK government's record of violating the rights of disabled people.
SNP MP Deidre Brock will lead the debate at Westminster, after the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities criticised UK government austerity and welfare cuts for creating a "human catastrophe", with "grave and systematic violations" of disabled people's rights.
The MP for Edinburgh North and Leith will challenge the UK government to respond to the UN Committee's damning report with meaningful action, including by committing to:
- Repeal the Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations
- Review the conditionality and sanctions regimes on the Employment and Support Allowance, to tackle the negative impact on disabled people
- Engage with disabled people when developing policy which impact upon their lives
Commenting, Deidre Brock MP said:
"The UK government should be ashamed of the damning criticism it has received from the UN for systematically violating the rights of disabled people.
"Deep Tory welfare cuts, and benefit sanctions, have had a hugely damaging impact on the living standards of disabled people – cutting support, restricting mobility and independence, and driving many people into poverty, destitution, and emergency aid.
"The dangerous approach of the UK government stands in stark contrast to the progressive action taken by the SNP Scottish Government and praised by the same UN report. Actions include incorporating the views of disabled people – including building a Scottish social security system based on dignity and respect, incorporating the Convention on the rights of disabled people, and adopting the Accessible Travel Framework.
"Tory ministers must now finally show they are listening to the concerns of disabled people – by rethinking their disastrous welfare cuts, and responding to the recommendations being made by the UN and disability organisations to overturn these harmful policies.
"If they are not prepared to change course, they must give the Scottish Government the full powers over welfare it needs to make different choices, and support not neglect communities across Scotland."
'Upholding the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities' debate - Deidre Brock MP: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmagenda/fb171011.htm
Government cuts have caused 'human catastrophe' for disabled, UN committee says - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-spending-cuts-human-catastrophe-un-committee-rights-persons-with-disabilities-disabled-a7911556.html
UN report available in full here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRPD%2fC%2fGBR%2fCO%2f1&Lang=en
'UN: 'Grave' disability rights violations under UK reforms' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37899305
'Bedroom tax appeal ruling: Supreme Court says Government acted unlawfully towards disabled campaigners' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/bedroom-tax-appeal-ruling-disabled-campaigners-government-acted-unlawfully-iain-duncan-smith-a7406951.html
'Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-defeated-in-court-again-over-unlawful-retroactive-benefit-sanctions-a7006466.html
'Tory Government's benefit cap is unlawful and causes 'real misery for no good purpose', High Court rules' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-cap-judicial-review-welfare-payments-government-loses-lawsuit-court-case-judge-misery-a7802286.html