2013-10-28

Poverty has ‘profound’ impact on disabled children’s rights – DisabledGo News Blog

Poverty has ‘profound’ impact on disabled children’s rights

office of the children's commissioner logoLiving in poverty has a “profound” impact on disabled children’s ability to secure the rights they are entitled to under three UN conventions, according to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC).
A new OCC report, We Want to Help People See Things Our Way, paints a “disturbing” picture of the lives of many disabled children and young people from low income families, according to Dr Maggie Atkinson, the children’s commissioner for England.
Her report calls on the government to commission an “urgent” review of the adequacy of support for every disabled child in England, a request dismissed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Researchers found some families with disabled children were too poor to heat their homes properly, while some disabled young people living independently did not have enough food and clothes.

Poverty has ‘profound’ impact on disabled children’s rights – DisabledGo News Blog

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