Brilliant piece.

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I reported last year that the UK has become the first country to face a United Nations inquiry into disability rights violations.A formal investigation was launched by the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Officials from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are to visit  Britain after the Tories announced a wave of new austerity measures, including slashing disability benefits by £30 a week.

Thousands of sick and disabled people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are having their weekly payment cut from £102.15 to £73.10, which is the same amount as jobseekers’ allowance, if they are assessed as being able to undertake “work-related activity”.

We signed up to this Convention under the last Labour government. On 8 June 2009, the UK government ratified the Convention, signaling its commitment to take concrete action to comply with the legal rights…

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