The UK General Election and the Future of Disabled Artists Part 1. By Abbe Brown

The results of the UK General Election were a surprise to some and do seem to have introduced yet another new political landscape in Scotland. Since the result was (rather speedily known), we have seen the appointment of the new cabinet and indications as to the priorities new UK Government.

At InVisible Difference, we are interested and highly concerned at proposals for repeal of the UK Human Rights Act and the introduction of some new human rights framework. A compelling comment is here and we note indications as to the stance of the Scottish Government is here. The prospect of the UK’s ultimate withdrawal from the European Union is also highly concerning, particularly from the human rights perspective.

In terms of the cabinet reshuffle/new appointments, the list of appointments which could be relevant to this project and its future work bears testament to the project’s multi-faceted and interdisciplinary nature:

Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice for Justice, Under Secretary of state Dominic Raab
Justin Tomlinson Under Secretary of State Department for Work and Pensions (Disabled People)
Nicky Morgan Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities
Caroline Dineage Under Secretary of State Department for Education (Equalities) and Under Secretary of State Ministry of Justice
Sajid Javid Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Ed Vaizey Minister, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and for Culture, Media and Sport
Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Under Secretary of State Business, Innovation and Skills (Intellectual Property) and Culture, Media and Sport
John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

It is interesting to note a number of joint roles – does this reflect wider recognition of the links between fields or more disappointingly the lack of value accorded to them so they are combined with others? We hope for the former and look forward to engaging with the new poster holders and their team in our impact and policy engagement work.

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