Making rights make sense

The Labour Party-commissioned taskforce on breaking the link between disability and poverty, of which I was a member, concluded in its final report published today that Britain can and must invest public resources more effectively than at present to create the infrastructure of support that will enable disabled people to escape and remain resilient to the poverty.

This is especially so in these tough economic times when, despite public spending cuts, millions of pounds of public money is being wasted on poorly designed, ineffective and bureaucratic systems and approaches such as the Work Capability Assessment, the Work Programme and fragmented public services.  Disabled people frequently face more red-tape than the average small business in securing the support just to lead lives everyone else takes for granted.  This contributes to, rather than helps relieve, poverty, undermining people’s life chances.

So we call for reform of assessments which should focus on people’s interaction…

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