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Affordable: an economy that includes disabled people 2014

The seminar of December 15 2014 that led to this collection of research papers, tackled some of the big questions in disability politics

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These questions included:

  • is the austerity programme of cuts in welfare spending and provision necessary,
  • is it inevitable that disabled people are affected by austerity
  • what are the morbidity and mortality consequences of austerity    and
  • are there other or additional means of paying for welfare provision than redistribution through tax and spend policies.

The contributions also deal with other significant questions including:

  • are we getting the right research and at the right time,
  • are sanctions effective or even necessary and   
  • can human rights protect people from austerity.

Through engaging in these debates Disability Rights UK wishes to affect the context in which Government decisions are made such as the decision to extend the minimum number of days before benefits can be paid to people.  That context currently frames arguments and debates and acts to close off opportunities for disabled people to maintain their standard of living, obtain effective back to work support or be full participants in society. If we as disabled people fail to engage or lose the argument over what that context looks like we will be left with a debate over who we can afford to give support to and who we cannot rather than a debate on why we cannot afford to leave anyone out. If the contributions have a common theme it is that the wealth of our nation rests on the participation of all.   

Organisers: Disability Rights UK

Event kindly sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Disability Rights UK and Joseph Rowntree Foundation