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Conservative government policies have forced nearly two million people – in families that have a disabled member – into poverty, according to figures published by the Labour Party.

Its report, Poverty Britain, highlights government figures that show the number of individuals in families that include a disabled person and were in relative poverty (after housing costs) increased from 4.3 million in 2010-11 to 5.5 million in 2017-18, an increase of 1.2 million.

And the number of individuals in families that include a disabled person and were in absolute poverty (after housing costs) rose by 700,000, from 4.3 million to five million people, over the same period.

It also quotes Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) research that found disabled people had been disproportionately affected by austerity measures introduced by successive Tory-led governments between 2010 and 2017.

It found that the impact of tax and benefit changes on families that included a disabled adult would reduce their income by about £2,500 per year, on average; if the family also included a disabled child, the impact would be more than £5,500 per year.

It also referred to a report by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which found in November 2016 that the UK government was guilty of “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s rights.

Labour has promised a series of measures to end the political impoverishment of disabled people.

For further information, see: Election 2019: ‘Tories forced a million members of disabled families into poverty’ – Disability News Service

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