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Government questioned by UN over austerity measures

June 14, 2016

The UK government is being questioned by a United Nations committee this week regarding its austerity measures and approach to anti-discrimination.

From 6 to 24 June, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is holding its 58th session to address specific issues in a number of countries including the United Kingdom.

Its list of issues for the UK includes requests for our Government to explain

  • “steps taken by the State party to ensure that austerity measures introduced through the Welfare Reform Act of 2012 do not disproportionately affect the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, in particular by disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups”
  • “whether the different anti-discrimination legal frameworks available in the State party, including the Equality Act 2010, provide an equal level of protection and access to an independent equality body with regard to all grounds of discrimination”
  • “to what extent the measures taken to combat discrimination in all jurisdictions of the State party, including its overseas territories and Crown dependencies, have improved the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, by marginalized and disadvantaged individuals and groups.”

UK representatives will be quizzed today and Wednesday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

As documented by our report on PIP in Scotland and findings from other charities, welfare reforms have reduced the level of support available to people with disabilities and long-term conditions, including M.E.