Those of you in the UK interested in the impact of funding restrictions on the right to independent living may be interested to know that the parliamentary Joint Committee of Human Rights (chaired by Dr Hywel Francis MP) is conducting an inquiry into the implementation of the right to independent living for disabled people, as guaranteed by Article 19, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Committee invites interested persons and groups to submit evidence on this issue and would welcome written submissions by Friday 29th April 2011.
The Committee particularly welcomes submissions from disabled people and their families about independent living and how Government policies, practices and legislation or the activities of public authorities and others can implement the right to independent living in practice.
Further information about the Committee’s inquiry, together with questions the Committee intends to address can be found here.
In other related news, as part of the recently published Welfare Reform Bill, the UK government has delayed its decision to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people living in residential care homes. Find out more about Mencap’s campaign to protect the DLA mobility component here.