The UK’s leading disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has attacked a government decision to set up an “alliance” of DPOs, charities, and private and public sector organisations that will be asked to produce new disability policies for the coalition.
Plans for the new Disability Action Alliance (DAA) were announced this week as part of the government’s Next Steps document, the latest stage in the production of its long-awaited disability strategy.
The alliance will be led – with government funding – by the DPO Disability Rights UK (DR UK), which has already come under fierce attack from many disabled activists for backing government plans to close sheltered factories run by Remploy.
DR UK’s chief executive, Liz Sayce, who will lead the alliance, wrote a report last year for the government on employment support for disabled people.
And in February this year, DR UK published new guidance on disability hate crime, with funding from the government’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI).
The UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) said tonight (Thursday) that it was “shocked and disappointed” by the government’s decision to appoint DR UK to convene and lead the new “alliance”.
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