Government policy is disabling people

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Commenting on the publication of 'Responsible Reform: A Report on the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance', Simon Barrow, co-director of the beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia, said:

"This is an excellent and vital piece of research. There remains a gaping chasm between the government's rhetoric about maintaining support for disabled people and the actual evidence about the impact of the changes and cuts it is imposing.

"The voices of those at the sharp end are not being listened to in a way that shapes policy.

"The concepts of justice dignity and social solidarity are being eroded and replaced with a piecemeal approach to provision which sees care as essentially voluntary.

"The government is disabling people with its welfare reform policies. There is now a concerted demand for a rethink by those of different political persuasions, charities, churches and faith groups, and community organisations working in solidarity with disabled people."

* The full report, 'Responsible Reform', is being made available online at Ekklesia and elsewhere. See: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/responsiblereformDLA

* An easy-read version has been made available by United Response here: http://bit.ly/xy0elw

* Press release: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/16008

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* DLA coverage from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/disabilitylivingallowance