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Being Disabled in Britain: A Journey Less Equal

Being Disabled in Britain: A Journey Less Equal

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new report, ‘Being disabled in Britain’, is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain, offering
comprehensive evidence on whether our society lives up to its promise to be fair to all its citizens.

The report, which covers six key areas of life, finds that disabled people in Britain are experiencing disadvantages in all of them, and sets out vital areas for urgent improvement. Despite significant progress in the laws protecting disabled people’s rights, they are still not being treated as equal citizens and continue to be denied the opportunities and outcomes non-disabled people take for granted.

You can download the full report,an Easy Read version and BSL Video on the EHRC website.

David Isaac, Chair of the Commission, commenting on the report said: “Whilst 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. This evidence can no longer be ignored. Now is the time for a new national focus on the rights of the thirteen million disabled people who live in Britain. They must have the same rights, opportunities and respect as other citizens. We must put the rights of disabled people at the heart of our society. We cannot, and must not, allow the next twenty years to be a repeat of the past.”

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