We have developed our Manifesto for Inclusion for the General Election on Thursday 12 December.
Inclusion Scotland works to ensure that policy affecting the everyday lives of disabled people in Scotland is informed by and reflects their views. We work for the removal of barriers to the inclusion of disabled people into all aspects of civic, social and economic life.
Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world the United Kingdom is scarred by poverty, inequality, discrimination and exclusion. One of the groups worst affected is disabled people. We are still largely excluded from many areas of British economic, political and social life. At every stage of our lives we face barriers to inclusion. All of the evidence suggests that disabled people are becoming more excluded and pushed into deeper poverty by recent policy changes at a UK level.
Though many policy areas are devolved to Scotland, the money that the Scottish Government gets to deliver them reflects cuts made by the UK Government. Other areas crucial to the lives of disabled people continue to be reserved to the UK Parliament. These include Equalities and Human Rights Law; 85% of the Social Security budget; key benefits such as Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance; Benefit Sanctions; and Access to Work support.
Hard fought for rights are under threat. We need guarantees that important equality and access rights originating from the European Union will be protected and respected when we leave. And much needs to be done by the UK Government to respect and realise our human rights.
The “Asks” in this Manifesto for Inclusion are based on priorities that disabled people themselves have set. We call upon candidates to commit to protecting our human rights, to reversing damaging policies that have compounded our exclusion, and to supporting essential new policies to promote our inclusion.
Manifesto for Inclusion 2019 (Word doc.)
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