The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued their report on the state of equality and human rights in Scotland, which has revealed disabled people are less equal in Scotland compared to when the last report was published three years ago.
The report has confirmed that disabled people continue to face “significant challenges across all areas of life, and the disparities with non-disabled people have, in many cases, increased rather than reduced.” It adds that young disabled people and disabled children are more likely than their non-disabled counterparts to leave education with fewer qualifications, and are also less likely to progress to university.
It also showed that disabled people in Scotland are less likely to be in employment and that the rate of disabled people in employment is decreasing, along with confirming the disability pay gap in Scotland. Disabled people are also more likely to be living in poverty, and have less access to accessible housing, which coupled with lengthy waits for adaptions to be made to disabled people’s homes, means they are less likely to live independently.
The study highlighted the difficulties disabled people face when wanting to enter the world of politics and civic life, which is reflected by the low number of openly disabled people standing in public government and falling number of disabled people who are appointed to positions on public boards.
Dr Lesley Sawer, the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scottish commissioner, said: “Scotland is facing a defining moment in tackling inequality. While we have seen progress in education, a narrowing pay gap, and more disabled people in work, there are still too many people who face exclusion.
“Disabled pupils are twice as likely to be excluded, ethnic minority graduates get lower class degrees, and the type of work that women do is less valued than men’s. Facing an uncertain future Scotland needs to harness all of the talents of its citizens.”
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