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Progress on disability rights in the United Kingdom

This report has been jointly produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland as part of the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM).

After the damning assessment by UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) of the failure to protect disabled people’s rights across many areas of life in the UK in August 2017, the UK governments were asked to report back on progress on a number of areas one year on. 

The UKIM report focuses on the following issues raised by the CRPD Committee:

  • living independently and being included in the community
  • adequate standard of living and social protection
  • work and employment
  • prejudice and negative attitudes
  • access to justice
  • involving disabled people and their organisations

The CRPD Committee is currently reviewing the update reports. 

UKIM has long urged UK governments to strengthen disability rights, and is disappointed by the overall lack of commitment and action from the UK governments on the UN’s recommendations. 

The report is available to read at:

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/progress-disability-rights-united-kingdom