Tories face pressure to look at impact of welfare cuts on 11m disabled people after House of Lords report identifies series of failures
The government is failing in its duty of care to Britain’s 11 million disabled people, peers have said, in a House of Lords report published on Thursday.
It identified a series of government failures, from inaction on long-standing provisions of the Equality Act designed to help disabled people, to repealing others that favour reducing business regulations over their rights, to the impact of spending cuts, as having a “hugely adverse impact” on those with disabilities.
Coming less than a week after Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation sparked a U-turn by the chancellor over budget proposals to save £4.4bn through disability benefit changes, the report will put further pressure on the Conservative government to examine the impact of welfare cuts on disabled people.
It recommends the Treasury produce an analysis of the cumulative effects of “budgets and other major initiatives” on disabled people. And it calls for the minister of disabled people to be given a seat at the cabinet’s social justice committee, to ensure they have a voice at the centre of government.