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UK politicians launch inquiry into development department’s disability inclusion strategy

28th December: UK politicians have launched an investigation to find out whether the Government’s spending and strategy are adequate to address the challenge of including persons with disabilities in development.

Parliament’s International Development Committee is calling for evidence to allow it to assess the adequacy of commitments in DFID’s recently launched disability inclusion strategy, which includes social protection as one of four ‘pillars’.  The Members of Parliament also want to find out how effectively the Department is implementing these and other commitments made at the Global Disability Summit, and how it can best be held accountable. And they are asking what role the UK should play on disability inclusion within the global development community.

DFID says in the new strategy that it will support the 14 national governments that committed to building inclusive social protection systems at the summit. It will also “increase the global and national focus on, and support for, disability inclusive social protection,” seeking to increase the coverage, adequacy and quality of social protection systems.

DFID’s strategy chimes with the message from our Senior Social Policy Specialist Stephen Kidd, who, in a video we published earlier this month, pinpoints the need to compensate for additional costs in accessing education and employment and allow lives of dignity.

The UN’s new global flagship report also underlines the additional costs faced by persons with disabilities, estimating that having a moderate disability increases the cost of living worldwide by around a third of average income, a severe disability by more than 40%. The solution of better coverage of social protection is recommended so that persons with disabilities can overcome these hurdles. 

The House of Commons committee is calling for written submissions on DFID and disability inclusion of no more than 3,000 words in length on these issues by 22 February 2019. More information is available by clicking here.

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