Disability news service blog post, by John Pring, 1 June 2017: UK’s Zero rating puts it near foot of European league table on disability rights

The UK is one of the worst-performing countries in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN disability convention, according to an influential new report.

The Zero Project details the progress made by 121 countries around the world on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Every year, the project’s results – and examples of good practice – are shared internationally, including at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and UNCRPD’s Conference of State Parties in New York.

Four years ago, the results of a previous Zero Project report were used – misleadingly – by the then minister for disabled people, Esther McVey (pictured), to try to defend her government from accusations that its Paralympic legacy hung in the balance because of cuts to disabled people’s support.

But the latest report suggests that the UK is now one of the worst performers in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN convention.

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