STOP-PIP is a national group that has come together to put an end to the failings that are causing serious harm to people with disabilities in the UK.
The issue is a blazingly-hot topic at the moment, after the United Nations found the UK’s Conservative Government guilty of systematic violations of the human rights of people with disabilities.
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“It is a very somber reality, when a target driven government department will sit in judgment over another person regarding their attainment in life,” according to a spokesperson for the group.
“The safety net that is meant to protect and support is now failing and has been destroying the people it is there to protect.
“It is failing to enable independence and failing to maximize the ability of thousands of amazing people whose only crime, so to speak, is to become unwell, ill, disabled or require some support.
“Not taken into account are problems, restrictions, medicines, condition complications, social difficulties, health difficulties, housing and mobility difficulties.
“To state that disabled people and caregivers have been at the hard edge of so called reforms would be a massive understatement.”
The group said the government has cut funding for disabled people in order to balance its books, but: “Even with all these cuts, the national debt has gone up under this government, while taxpayers money is handed to third party companies who are continuing to fail many under this agenda of Austerity.
“We feel there needs to be a Independent Disability Commission and an organisation to regulate provision for disabled people and caregivers – able to bridge the gaps in service provision, encompassing the views of disabled people, care-givers, charities, the government, local government bodies, justice, employment sectors, the health sector, the NHS, well-being and social care agencies, education and advocates within the UK.
“This would provide a positive national platform in addressing, establishing and supporting the rights of disabled people and carers.”
The spokesperson added: “A public review of failings in the current service, and other failings, should be conducted by independent bodies, and money misspent by companies found at fault should be repaid to the taxpayer, to be reinvested into society.
“Our view is that a person’s value is not what they hold in their bank account, and that no person should have to prove their integrity when the difficulties they are facing are clearly shown and are well-documented in medical evidence.
“The repeated testing of people with disabilities must stop and a new system must be put in place.
“In the interim we should return to the DLA and lifetime awards system. We say Universal Credit should stop and the cuts should stop.
“We hope that wider community can come together to call for this change that is needed.
“There is a crashing wave of dispair being forced upon disabled people, their families, their carers and the wider community.
“The stress that has been placed on vital services due to systemic failings is unacceptable.
“We need our whole community to come forward in a positive way to be the change that is needed.
“Demand that this stops now, that no more lives are lost due to these failings.
“Understanding and kindness really cost nothing.
“There is no problem that cannot be resolved, overcome or bettered with time, peace, support, acceptance, unity, solidarity, and resilience.”
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