This cross-border Campaign aims at naming and shaming those colluding in the cuts to disabled people instead of addressing disabled people’s rights. We will be writing a series of letters asking for the resignations of those not defending our rights as appointed to do so.
This letter is to the Chair of EHRC.
Dear Lord Holmes of Richmond,
I wish to draw your attention to the functions that were delegated to the Disability Committee and the Commissions duties as they relate to “disability matters” in:
- Promoting understanding of the importance of equality and diversity
- Encourage good practice
- Promoting equality of opportunity
- Promoting awareness and understanding of rights
- Enforcing equality law
- working towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination and harassment
- Promoting understanding of good relations
Let me draw your attention to an article printed in the Guardian by the EHRC on 01.03.2016 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/01/equalities-watchdog-criticises-planned-cuts-to-work-support-allowance
The very body you are a Commissioner for, the EHRC, say that the proposed cuts to ESA will disproportionately affect disabled people, widen inequalities and undermine the UK’s Human Rights obligations.
How can you be seen to be promoting the above when you went on to vote for these cuts to both ESA and PIP as a Conservative Peer, your actions will have a detrimental effect on disabled people’s lives, to both Independent living and will undermine the UK’s Human Rights obligations.
As a disability rights campaigner I am calling for your immediate resignation of the position you hold as Disability Commissioner and Chair of the Disability Committee for EHRC as alongside my peers and other user led organization’s we think you are no longer worthy of this position.
Look forward to your reply
Disability Rights Campaigner.
Please sign the petition and support this campaign – Campaigners Demand For Lord Chris Holmes Resignation.
Dr Stephen Carty -Black Triangle Campaign
Professor Peter Beresford, Co-Chair, Shaping Our Lives
Mo Stewart –Disabled Veteran/Researcher
Dr Simon John Duffy – Centre of Welfare Reform
Gail Ward – Cross Border Alliance
John McArdle-Black Triangle Campaign
Pat Onions – Pats Petition
Rosemary ONeill – Carerwatch
Frances Kelly – Carerwatch/Dead Parrot Campaign
Linda Burnip – DPAC
Debbie Jolly – DPAC
Anita Bellows – DPAC
Merry Cross – DPAC
Rick Burgess – DPAC Manchester
Paula Peters – DPAC
Annie Bishop – Involve North East & Cumbria for deaf, blind and people with disabilities
Carole Robinson – Bolshy Divas
Tracey Flynn – Bolshy Divas
Catherine Hale – Disability Researcher
C Richardson – Disability Researcher
Stef Benstead – Disability Researcher
Jayne Linney DEAP
Sue Livett-Campaign for a Fair Society England
Rosemary Trustam-Publisher Community Living Magazine
Sue Jones – Psychologists against Austerity/Human Rights/Policy Researcher/Writer
Again, if you want to sign our petition please click the link here.