Disabled people will be ‘disproportionately affected’ by welfare reform

Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney (front row, far left) pictured with Sinn Fein party colleagues at Stormont.
Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney (front row, far left) pictured with Sinn Fein party colleagues at Stormont.
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Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said Tory welfare cuts would have a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities.

Speaking after reports that the British government breached the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, the Foyle MLA said people with disabilities would be “disproportionately affected’ by the cuts.

“There is no doubt that people with disabilities will be among the hardest hit by the punitive welfare cuts agenda of the Tory-led British government.

“While few would escape the ravages of the cuts, those with disabilities would be disproportionately affected.

“The scrapping of the Disability Living Allowance and its replacement with the controversial Personal Independence Payment has caused chaos in Britain where it has already been implemented with many claimants having difficulties accessing money.”

Mr. McCartney went on to say why it is important to protect the most vulnerable in society.

“Many people in Derry with illnesses and who rely on the benefits system fear what the future holds for them particularly around finances.

“The so-called ‘welfare-to-work’ policy being pursued by these Tory millionaires forces people with disabilities to seek employment as a condition of receiving benefits, regardless of the challenges they face.

“All of this, combined with reports that the British Government has breached the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, adds to the growing financial pressures faced by people with disabilities.

“That is why Sinn Féin is totally opposed to Tory welfare cuts. We will continue to protect the most vulnerable, including those with disabilities.”