Disabled people could be forced from homes and into care, group warns

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There are fears that disabled people could be forced to move out of their homes and into care homes if Brexit prevents EU carers from moving to the UK.

That’s according to a report seen by The Independent, which warns that a change in immigration laws resulting from Brexit could see disabled people forced back into institutions, unable to live independently at home.   

Given that the number of non-British EU nationals working in the social care sector has risen 40% in three years, the Disability Rights UK (DRUK) charity is concerned over the repercussions Brexit will have.

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“If you can’t get access to support and services then people slide back into institutions rather than living at home, or living at home without adequate support,” Anna Lawson, professor of law and director of Centre of Disability and co-author of the report, told The Independent.

She added that leaving the EU could see a regression in disability rights: “Currently, travel on board a plane or ship disabled people are protected from discrimination and have a right to assistance only in EU law. There’s nothing specifically in UK law.”

“Unless action is taken to ensure these laws are transferred onto the UK statute book, this could see a return to a time where, for example, you could be assisted up to the boarding gate, but not have help getting onto the plane.

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