A report by the Institute of Public Policy Research North shows the multiple inequalities faced by disabled people in the north of England.
Disabled people in the North East are being let down badly and it is nothing short of a scandal!
In the North East we have:
- The worst health outcomes in the UK
- The lowest levels of happiness and life satisfaction in the UK
- The lowest average spend on social care in the UK
- The second biggest disability pay gap
Our region’s politicians and policy makers should look at this report and ask themselves ‘What are we doing to put this right?’
Many of them will be involved in recovery planning so we need them to make sure those plans tackle these issues. Without action, these gaps will widen and outcomes for disabled people will be worse.
Difference’s own Manifesto for a Better Normal shows the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Disabled people.
We believe that the recently announced National Disability Strategy does not go far enough. The strategy will not adequately address the multiple inequalities faced by disabled people.
Nor do we believe that local authorities are taking the needs of disabled people seriously. Around 1 in 4 people in the North East are disabled and face discrimination across key areas of their lives.
Therefore, we call upon all of our local authorities to come together with regional disability organisations to agree a response to the findings of the IPPR North’s report.
Richard Boggie, firstname.lastname@example.org 07498 317352