Unity on disability

Chris Fry, Unity Law
Chris Fry, Unity Law
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Lawyers from Sheffield are challenging a bid by the Government to cut support for disabled people by £2 billion.

Unity Law, the disability discrimination and occupational health legal specialist, launched six months ago in Sheffield and led by former Wake Smith partner Chris Fry, has joined forces with the national charity, the Disability Alliance, to oppose the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill, currently before Parliament.

They are objecting to proposals in the Bill to abolish low rate care support, reduce disability living allowance spending by 20 per cent and cut mobility support for disabled care home residents and say the government hasn’t explained how it will ease the impact of lost support for disabled people and their families.

Fountain Precinct-based Unity Law has told the charity the Government could be in breach of both domestic and European legislation and has drafted a letter, which has now been sent to the Government and is the first step towards a challenge in the courts.

The letter says that Unity Law and the Disability Alliance believe the Government has failed to comply with its duties under the Equality Act and that its welfare reform plans will disproportionately disadvantage disabled people:

Unity Law’s Chris Fry said: “This is the most significant reform to welfare benefits of our generation, which is being driven through Parliament without due regard for legal process.

“It’s morally right that the people affected by the proposals have the right to test the way in which these proposals are being formulated.”

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