Disabled workers suffering more than any other group from coalition’s ‘ideological austerity’, union leader will say
The government will be accused on Wednesday of being “fundamentally dishonest” about its policies towards disabled people.
The TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, will tell a conference that workers with disabilities are being hit more than other groups by the coalition’s austerity cuts.
At the Disabled Workers Conference he will say: “No group of people is more affected by the government’s savage, ideological austerity than disabled workers. It’s no exaggeration to say that when it comes to disability, there is a fundamental dishonesty about government policy.
“The coalition is keen to promote the language of fairness and is keen to stress the opportunities available to disabled people, but the truth could not be more different. Nowhere is the dichotomy between rhetoric and reality starker than when it comes to benefits – a lifeline for so many disabled people.