Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have raised

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised ongoing concerns about the government’s failure to comply with basic principles of the UN disability convention at a long-awaited meeting with the minister for disabled people.Representativesof six of the UK’s leading DPOs met with minister for disabled people SarahNewton and senior civil servants last week to discuss the government’s trackrecord on engaging with disabled people and their user-led organisations.It was the first time that Newton (pictured) had met with the group of DPOs – members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations – since she took up her post in late 2017.Representativesfrom coalition members Inclusion London (which was also there on behalf of theReclaiming Our Futures Alliance), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland,DisabilityAction (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor User Network andEqualities National Council attended the meeting.Thecoalition also used the meeting to share its ideas for monitoring the UK’simplementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).The meetingfollows a series of failings by the government which appear to demonstrate itsreluctance to accept key rights and principles laid out in the convention.They includeplans to allow non-disabled people and organisations not led and controlled bydisabled people to be part of Newton’s new Regional Stakeholder Network – whichaims to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to sharetheir views and experiences about policies and services that affect them” – andNewton’s reluctance to pay those people taking on roles in the network fortheir time.There wasalso frustration at the decision of the Cabinet Office to host aworkshop on the barriers facing disabled people withoutinviting any DPOs to take part.Andin November,the Department of Health and Social Care wrongly insisted that it had beencomplying with the UN convention by only consulting on its mental capacity(amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.Last week’smeeting came after the coalition was forced to write to Newton last August aftershe refused to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UNconvention.But thelong-awaited meeting ended last week without easing concerns among DPOs at theapparent ongoing confusion among senior civil servants in the Office forDisability Issues (ODI), and Newton herself, about the convention’s principles aroundengagement.A meetingearlier in the day between three members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (RoFA)– which is part of the coalition – and two senior civil servants from theOffice for Disability Issues was also marked by frustration at the government’sapparent ignorance of the UN convention.MarkHarrison, from RoFA, said they had hoped to come out of their meeting with astrategy for how the government would engage with DPOs and resource them inthat work, but left disappointed.He said Newton’sregional network was set to be a “disability free-for-all”, with disabilitycharities and other organisations “all in the tent on an equal footing” with disabledpeople and DPOs.He said he hadasked the civil servants why they did not understand the principles on engagingwith disabled people and DPOs that had been clearly laid out by the UN.He said thecore of the issue was the failure by repeated governments – including the lastLabour government – to provide infrastructure funding for DPOs to do this work,which he said was “absolutely shameful”.Tara Flood,director of TheAlliance for Inclusive Education, who was also at this meeting, saidthe civil servants became “very, very uncomfortable” when she and her twocolleagues made it clear they thought the new regional network was “a joke”.She saidthere was “no understanding of the difference between DPOs and disabilitycharities. Shame on the ODI for not understanding that.”It is nowhoped Newton will agree to three key requests: for both the regional networkand any similar UK-wide engagement to be restricted to representatives of DPOs;for there to be funding for DPOs to take part in that engagement; and for thosenetworks to work with the government on implementing therecommendations made 18 months ago by the UN’s committee on therights of persons with disabilities.TraceyLazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who waspresent at both meetings, said there appeared to be ongoing confusion withinthe government about the difference between DPOs and non-user-led charities.She said:“We put forward what we think are key minimum asks in order to have meaningfulengagement going forward.“We will nowsee whether the government has listened to us and taken the opportunity toclarify, improve and extend engagement with us so it reflects and promotes theprinciples and practice of the UNCRPD and general comment number seven*.”She added: “Itis slightly dismaying having to reiterate principles of engagement withdisabled people and DPOs that were recognised and acted upon 10 years ago, andhaving to re-argue them as if they were radical new ideas descended fromanother planet.” *The UNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its general comment number seven, which was adopted in September.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. 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SIA Soliola and Mose Masoe will line up to face Pa

first_imgSIA Soliola and Mose Masoe will line up to face Papua New Guinea at Craven Park (8pm) tonight.It is a crunch game for the duo after they lost their first Group B match against New Zealand last week.And teammate forward Mark Taufua wants to prove to the world Samoa’s international pedigree by getting back on track.“It is really good over here,” he Taufua. “For a lot of us it is our first time in England and we are all really enjoying it. In a tournament like this, every game is like a semi-final and hopefully we can stay a bit longer than what a lot of people have had us down for.“Our training has been positive since the New Zealand game. We went out there against them and wanted to be competitive against the world champions.“We thought our performance was good in the end. We had a slow start but the crowd really got behind us and helped lift our game.“We take it one game at a time, and now that the New Zealand game is over and done with and out of the way, we can concentrate on our next game, a tough match against PNG.“We are looking at the whole PNG team as a threat because they will be hurting after that really close game against France.“They will play with lots of enthusiasm and it will definitely give them an edge having played at Craven Park before. They know the ground and the pitch so we will have to get to know the stadium when it comes to the captain’s run.”Samoa:Leeson Ah Mau, David Fa’alogo, Pita Godinet, Tim Lafai, Joseph Leilua, Penani Manumalealii, Mose Masoe, Suaia Matagi, Anthony Milford, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Junior Sa’u, Michael Sio, Iosia Soliola, Sauaso Sue, Mark Taufua, Daniel Vidot, Antonio Winterstein.PNG:Josiah Abavu, Paul Aiton, Dion Aiye, Ase Boas, Jason Chan, Neville Costigan, Isreal Eliab, Richard Kambo, Enoch Maki, Larsen Marabe, Bosam Nene MacDonald, David Mead, Mark Mexico, Jessi Joe Nandye, Sebastion Pandia, Jason Tali, Ray Thompson, Charlie Wabo, Menzie Yere.last_img read more