The following letter was published in the Guardian today, written and signed by a group of academics, professionals, campaigners and grassroots activists who work together cooperatively.
We collaborate to fulfil our mutual aims of achieving a progressive, civilised, just and safe society for all. We hope to do this by ensuring that the society we are a part of is democratic and fully inclusive: we want a civilised society that observes and meets its human rights obligations on behalf of all social groups. This isn’t happening currently. (See: UN’s highly critical report confirms UK government has systematically violated the human rights of disabled people).
As an independent researcher, writer, campaigner, and as a disabled person, I am very proud to be included among them.
Many disabled people see Labour’s policies as a lifeline, say the 30 signatories to this letter.
For chronically ill and disabled people, recent years have been a disaster. The UN recently found “reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met” (Report, 8 November 2016).
We have been forced through a work capability assessment that the government’s own expert adviser described as “inhumane”, and which in 2015 was found to be associated with an additional 599 suicides.
Many needing help are now forced through another persecutory assessment – the personal independence payment – designed to reduce the numbers qualifying for help by half a million.
Social care has been so savagely cut that some young disabled must wear incontinence pads for lack of toileting assistance. People can’t take any more of this.
Many disabled people are not party-political, but see Labour’s policies for disabled people as a lifeline – envisioning a society where people are treated as human beings deserving of respect, equality and a decent life. Please, don’t endorse recent human-rights abuses; endorse the human rights of disabled people by registering, and by voting Labour on 8 June.
Paul Atkinson Jungian psychotherapist
Stef Benstead Spartacus Network
Peter Beresford Co-chair, Shaping Our Lives
Gary Bourlet Founder, People First Movement in England
Dr Emma Bridger Research fellow in psychology
Professor Woody Caan Journal of Public Mental Health
Dr Kelly Camilleri Registered clinical psychologist
Dr David Drew Labour Parliamentary candidate for Stroud
Nick Duffell Psychohistorian
Dr Simon Duffy Centre for Welfare Reform
Dr Dina Glouberman Skyros Holistic Holidays
Catherine Hale Chronic Illness Inclusion Project
AC Howard DWPexamination.org – For The UK’s Disabled Community
Chris Johnstone General practitioner
Sue Jones Psychologists Against Austerity, researcher and writer, campaigner
Jayne Linney Disability activist
Alec McFadden TUC Salford
Helen McGauley Trainee clinical psychologist, Lancaster University
Beatrice Millar Person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist
Rev Paul Nicolson Taxpayers Against Poverty
Gavin Robinson Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Professor Andrew Samuels University of Essex
Nicola Saunders Psychotherapist
Martyn Sibley Disability blogger
Mike Sivier Vox Political
Professor Ernesto Spinelli
Mo Stewart Independent researcher, disability studies
Dr Jay Watts Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Claudia Gillberg Senior Research Associate in Education; Fellow at Centre for Welfare Reform and Disability Rights Activist
Dr Richard House Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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11 thoughts on “Vote Labour to uphold the rights of disabled people – our letter to the Guardian”
LABOUR ALL THE WAY. CRYING OUT FOR HELP. SEVERE DISABLED. AND NOT REACHING CRITERIA FOR DIRECT PAYMENTS IN ELECTRIC CHAIR WITH MAJOR PROBLEMS. MY PARTNER GIVEN UP FULL TIME JOB AND IS MY CARER ON 9P A HOUR. WE CANT GO ANYWHERE .SPECIALISED DIABETES . NO SPECIAL DIET AS CANT AFFORD GOOD FOOD. ITS A JOKE.
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Vote Labour to get justice and decent treatment for everyone, particularly the disabled and weaker members of society.
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As a disabled person myself, I’m hoping and praying that people see what’s in front of them if they waste a vote with the Tories.
I have nightmares over the form-filling I had to do in their changeover from my Indefinite DLA, to the new, made just for us to fail it, PIP. Nothing I have wrong with me will ever get better – only worse – but they took me off of my indefinite award (that had given me some say in how I lead my life), and have left me wondering when the next axe will fall 😦
My only hope for any kind of security, is with a Labour Party government – this Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party – where there are men and women in it, who have honesty, hard work, and persistence in the fight to help those in need, writ large in their backgrounds!
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This is the Tories for you. but you’ll know this.
Tory deputy mayor: Best thing for disabled children is the guillotine.
The retired GP made his sick suggestion to fellow councillors as they discussed sending the youngsters to a £3,000-a-week care home
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Enigma, it was noted by other councillors at the time….but as the gentleman was on a Tory council, it was quickly brushed under the carpet…excused away….to save others from being tarred with the same brush.