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The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe
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The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe (Paperback)

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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.

Ellen Clifford is a disabled activist who has worked within the disability sector, for over twenty years. She currently serves on the National Steering Group for Disabled People Against Cuts.

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