Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disabled Are Being 'Left Behind' Says New Report

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disabled Are Being 'Left Behind' Says New Report

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DISABLED people continue to face barriers in employment, transport, housing and health, so are being "left behind" in society, a report warns.

A study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found a lack of opportunities in areas including education and employment, deteriorating access to justice, a widening pay gap and welfare reforms hitting their already low living standards.

The commission said it has highlighted the problems to the United Nations for a forthcoming study of how the UK measures up to international standards on the rights of disabled people.

Fewer than half of disabled adults are in work, compared with 80% of non-disabled, and the gap has widened in recent years, said the report.

There was a widening "disability pay gap", particularly affecting young people and women, said the EHRC.

Chairman David Isaac said: "While at face value we have travelled far, in reality disabled people are being left behind in society, their life chances remain very poor, and public attitudes have changed very little. …

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