UK DDPO’s publish latest report to the UN

Inclusion London and other UK Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations were recently in Parliament to launch our latest report to the United Nations disability committee.

Last year following the public examination of the UK Government under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the UN disability committee asked the UK government to report back every twelve months on what progress they have made in implementing the committee’s recommendations. These recommendations were outlined under Articles 19,27 and 28 from both the Special Investigation Report  published in November 2016 and the Concluding Observations  published in August 2017.

In September, the Government published the progress report and  covering letter  they have submitted to the UN and last week the Equality and Human Rights Commission published their alternative report.

On 25 October at an event in Parliament hosted by Lord Colin Low and chaired by Inclusion London CEO Tracey Lazard, UK DDPOs published their  alternative report. Marsha de Cordova, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, and Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Work and Pensions, spoke alongside representatives from the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales, Disability Action (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor and User Network, the Alliance for Inclusive Education and the British Deaf Association as well as Melanie Field from the Equality and Human Rights Commission speaking on behalf of the UK Independent Mechanism.

Key concerns raised in our alternative report include further regression of Deaf and Disabled people’s rights, lack of engagement by Westminster Government with DDPOs, lack of strategic implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD, lack of transparency and escalation of future need caused by adverse impacts of current policy.

Minister for Disabled People Sarah Newton has sent apologies for the event and agreed to meet with representatives from the UK Coalition later this year.

Read the  Inclusion London / DDPO Alternative Report from Civil Society  – launched 25 Oct 2018. Evidence supporting the report can be found here

Background information:

UNCRPD-Report-Oct-2016

UNCRPD-Concluding-Observations-Aug-2017

UK-Gov-Response-to-Concluding-Observations-Aug-2018

UK-Gov-Response-Covering-Letter-Aug-2018

UKIM-EHRC-Report-Oct-2018

See also our CEO Tracy Lazard speaking about the issues on Newsnight in Sep 2017 UN condemns-uk-governments-austerity-measures-media-coverage-concluding-observations/