Britain’s Hidden Crisis: The Tragic Story Of Disabled People in the UK

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Britain’s Hidden Crisis: The Tragic Story Of Disabled People in the UK

There are an estimated 650 million handicapped people in the world, most of whom live in poverty owing to a lack of access to basic necessities like education, health care, and employment opportunities. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly drafted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006. This convention aims to recognise and eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities as well as to ensure equal access to opportunities. The UN is concerned about its members’ performance in terms of disabled people’s well-being and the protection of their rights. In this regard, human rights are confined to a small number of people in the United Kingdom, and not to those with disabilities. Regardless of what British politicians claim, the citizenship principles have minimal impact on people’s lives, as human rights organisations in the UK report that their government does not believe in or respect human rights for all sections of society. Disabled people are often seen as second-class citizens in the United Kingdom, according to many people. This belief stems from the government’s inability to improve the living conditions of the handicapped. At least 14.9 percent of Scotland’s handicapped population has been a victim of crime at some point in their lives. According to a thorough study by the Commission on Human Rights and Equality, people with disabilities in the United Kingdom are left to their own devices. They do not have the same educational and career prospects as others, and they have limited public transit, minimal health care, and deplorable living circumstances. Even though wheelchairs are required by law to be transported on buses, they are seldom allowed to board them. In addition, only around one-fourth of London’s tube stations are accessible to those with disabilities. According to a review of British statistics and data, people with disabilities were disproportionately exposed to COVID-19 during the outbreak. Moreover, people with handicaps account for 59 per cent of COVID-19 fatalities in England and Wales, which astounds specialists. Many jobs in the United Kingdom and other European countries were impacted or closed as a result of the pandemic, and many individuals lost their jobs. However, twice as many people with disabilities are out of work as the general population, according to British Disability Statistics. Although the Corona crisis has put many people’s jobs at risk, Citizens Advice forecasts that one out of every four disabled people in the UK is now jobless. Researchers in the UK found that half of the people with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus and so need isolation are in danger of losing their jobs. In addition, two out of every five individuals who oversee handicapped people risk losing their jobs. However, this frightening information merely touches the surface of what handicapped people in the United Kingdom went through during the COVID-19 outbreak. Britain must prove its commitment to handicapped people’s rights as soon as possible by tackling the most serious difficulties they encounter.


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