Government short-sighted on disability

By Press Office
January 31, 2011

Commentiing on key elements of the government's Welfare Reform Bill, and a report from the RNIB and other charities, Simon Barrow, co-director of the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, said:

"Before the May 2010 General Election, David Cameron was challenged on his party's policies and attitudes to people - including children - living with physical disabilities or having other special needs.

"Politicians of all parties often make the right noises about inclusion, but the litmus test is action.

"Promoting voluntary action without backing it up through genuine empowerment and economic resources, while implementing cuts that hit the most vulnerable worst, is contradictory and unfeasible.

"The 'More Than Meets the Eye' report from Britain's major sight loss charities illustrates the huge gap between rhetoric and reality in current government policy and performance."

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