New report asks Government to undertake cumulative impact assessment on how spending and policy impacts on disabled people

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Landman Economics which shows the progress they have made in developing a model of the cumulative impact of Government spending and fiscal decisions on particular groups, including disabled people.

This research report examines the extent to which it is possible to use cumulative impact assessment techniques to analyse the equalities impacts of tax, welfare and spending policies. It considers the feasibility of cumulative impact assessment, details the impact of the tax, spending and benefits changes 2010 – 2015 and provides key recommendations.

The key finding from the report about disability was that the impacts of tax and welfare reforms are more negative for families containing at least one disabled person, particularly a disabled child.

This exploratory research was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as part of its work to examine ways of making financial policy-making fairer.

An impact assessment is any attempt to assess the effect of a particular policy or policy change on individuals or groups. Cumulative impact assessment therefore represents any attempt to sum, or ‘cumulate’, impact assessment of a set of policies or policy changes.

ecdp will continue to keep track of progress of this issue.

Read the executive summary of the Cumulative Impact Assessment Report

Read the full Cumulative Impact Assessment Report (PDF version)

Read the full Cumulative Impact Assessment Report (Plain text Word version)

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