Disability Rights UK is a membership organisation representing over 500 organisations across the country. We supported the amendments made to the Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords, overturned by the Government in the Commons today.
Neil Coyle, Disability Rights UK Director of Policy and Campaigns, says:
‘The Government’s removal of protections for some disabled people from the Welfare Reform Bill ignores the hundreds of thousands of disabled people directly affected, the hundreds of charities who have highlighted the potential devastating impact for disabled people and their families, the House of Lords who proposed additional protections and the Joint Committee on Human Rights who suggested the Bill will cause destitution.’
Disabled people are disproportionately represented amongst benefit claimants due to lower educational attainment, higher poverty and a lack of accessible work (including through employer discrimination). The Bill