With people with disabilities disproportionately impacted by austerity, London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has welcomed a call by the European Parliament for all European countries to do more to fulfil their commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
MEPs voted overwhelmingly in support of the conclusions of a progress report  on the EU’s implementation of the UN Convention. This was the first time the European Parliament has given an opinion on how well the EU is fulfilling its obligations to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights on an equal basis with all other citizens, since the EU and its members signed the convention in 2011.
The UK is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in its own right, so its obligations will be unaffected by its exit from the European Union.
Jean Lambert MEP commented:
“Today the European Parliament has sent a strong message regarding the EU’s commitment to equality and respect for human rights.
“I particularly welcome the call for governments to urgently take action to prevent and reverse the negative consequences of austerity policies on people with disabilities.
“With disabled people still significantly less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people governments must do more to help people with disabilities access jobs and training.
“Leaving the EU should in no way alter the rights of people with disabilities in the UK and the government needs to act on the recommendations of this progress report and uphold these rights fully, particularly given the harm caused by austerity measures.”