The War on Disabled People

The War on Disabled People Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe

Paperback (18 Jun 2020) | English

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Synopsis

In 2016, a United Nations report found the UK government culpable for 'grave and systematic violations' of disabled people's rights. Since then, driven by the Tory government's obsessive drive to slash public spending whilst scapegoating the most disadvantaged in society, the situation for disabled people in Britain has continued to deteriorate. Punitive welfare regimes, the removal of essential support and services, and an ideological regime that seeks to deny disability has resulted in a situation described by the UN as a 'human catastrophe'.

In this searing account, Ellen Clifford - an activist who has been at the heart of resistance against the war on disabled people - reveals precisely how and why this state of affairs has come about. From spineless political opposition to self-interested disability charities, rightwing ideological myopia to the media demonization of benefits claimants, a shocking picture emerges of how the government of the fifth-richest country in the world has been able to marginalize disabled people with near-impunity. Even so, and despite austerity biting ever deeper, the fightback has begun, with a vibrant movement of disabled activists and their supporters determined to hold the government to account - the slogan 'Nothing About Us Without Us' has never been so apt.  As this book so powerfully demonstrates, if Britain is to stand any chance of being a just and equitable society, their battle is one we should all be fighting.


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Book information

ISBN: 9781786996640
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Imprint: Zed Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.40941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 470g
Height: 136mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 26mm