New research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission sketches a troubling portrait of how disabled people across Britain are losing out financially under the Government’s welfare reforms.
Particularly disturbing is the sheer amount of money that families with disabled children are being deprived of – more than £5,500 per year. Such a stark statistic in isolation is concerning enough, but this is only half of the story.
When we marry this data with the continued cuts to services disabled children rely on, it couldn’t be clearer that the Government needs to intervene. We have seen more than one in 10 specialist teacher of the deaf posts lost to these cuts in the past five years, despite increasing numbers of deaf children on council caseloads.
With the right support, deaf children can do anything other children can. But at home and at school, support is being squeezed or suspended, or stopped altogether. Without an intervention from Government, a generation of deaf children are being let down and left behind.