Disabled People’s Demands for the first 100 Days of Government

As we enter the final days before the general and local elections, many disabled people and their families will be weighing up what current and previous Governments have done for them. By the 2015 election,disabled people will be amongst the hardest hit with cuts to vital benefits and services, with reduced control over their own lives and pushed further to the margins of society. 
 
YILN, York’s disabled people’s organisation, believes that a new Government must reverse the unfair cuts and work with disabled people to ensure that they enjoy equal rights with non-disabled people. That is why we endorse ‘Disabled People’s Demands for the First 100 Days of Government’, by Equal Lives, Inclusion London, Disabled People Against Cuts and the Alliance for Inclusive Education.
We call on our local and national candidates to pledge their support for ‘Disabled People’s Demands for the First 100 Days of Government’.
Disabled People’s Demands for First 100 days of the new Government
  1. Reverse the decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in June and plan to open it up again to new recipients.
  2. Abolish the Bedroom Tax.
  3. Announce the scrapping of Work Capability Assessments and suspend assessments.
  4. Work with Dis­abled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to re-focus employment of disabled people to removing disabling barriers and ensuring workforces in public and private sector reflect the diversity of the community by age, disability, race, gender, sexuality, etc.
  5. Move the Office for Disability Issues out of DWP and into the Cabinet office and appoint disabled peo­ple from Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to key posts.
  6. Engage with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to co-produce an action plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Interpretative Declaration. Remove all reservations.
  7. Invite the UN inquiry team into the UK so they can carry out their investigation into human rights abuses of disabled people.
  8. Fund mental health based on parity of esteem to address the short term crisis while longer term solu­tions are sorted.
  9. Scrap benefit sanctions.
  10. Restore funding to the NHS and local authorities for children’s and adult social care to 2010 levels and up rated for inflation.
  11. Reverse cuts to Access to Work and expand its remit and scope.
  12. Stop all new Special Free Schools/Academy applications and begin a plan to revert existing Free Schools and Academies to Local Authority control.
  13. Stop the plan to cut Disabled Students Allowance.
  14. Review equality legislation and work with DPOs to draft disability civil rights legislation with real scrutiny and enforcement by DPOs.
  15. Plan a programme of affordable public house building and ensure all new homes are accessible to all disabled people.
  16. For disabled people renting in the private sector the level of Local Housing Allowance paid must reflect the costs of their additional needs and no longer be restricted to the 30th percentile of Broad Market Rental Area rents.
  17. Repeal changes to Legal Aid in England & Wales to ensure that Disabled people and all other groups have equal access to the justice system and all are equal under the rule of law.

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