New EHRC report says prospects for disabled people have worsened

Wed,24 October 2018

Is Britain Fairer? 2018 report: published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Is Britain Fairer? report

Is Britain Fairer? 2018 is the biggest evaluation of progress on equality and human rights in Great Britain, covering 6 areas of life: education, health, living standards, justice and personal security, work, and participation in politics, public and community life.

As the last review before the UK leaves the EU, and with nearly a decade of data to reflect on, this assessment provides a baseline to measure progress on equality and human rights after Brexit.

The latest report has found that prospects for disabled people, some ethnic minorities, and children from poorer backgrounds have worsened in many areas of life.

Commenting on the report, Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK said:

“The EHRC’s comprehensive report demonstrates what we are hearing daily; that in almost every aspect of life, the chances for disabled people are getting worse.  It is now urgent that the Government looks at the cumulative impact of their policies and acts to restore the opportunities for disabled people to be equal citizens in today’s Britain.”

This inequality risks becoming entrenched for generations to come, creating a two-speed society where these groups are left behind in the journey towards a fair and equal country. The report also reveals a downturn in access to justice and the conditions experienced by people in detention since the last review in 2015.