UNITED Nations officials have arrived in Scotland to investigate allegations that Westminster welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights.
The Sunday Herald revealed in August that the Special Rapporteur and members of UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) were due to visit the UK to probe the complaints and take evidence from individuals and campaign groups, including in Scotland.
Officials arrived this weekend and will spend around two weeks visiting all four of the UK’s nations. All investigations are being conducted in private with participants being asked to sign confidentiality agreements.
The UN investigators will specifically examine whether the British government has committed “systematic and grave violations” of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UK is the first country in the world to be investigated in this manner.
Meanwhile the Scottish disability campaign group Black…