When times are hard, it is all too often the voices of vulnerable people which are ignored. Essential services which disabled people rely on are cut to the bone, and the pressures of austerity mean that harsh decisions are made without thought for the knock-on effects on people who are already struggling.
We saw this recently when Caerphilly County Borough Council decided to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre. This decision was overturned in the High Court, after the judge ruled that the council had failed to meet its obligations under the Equality Act. The judge said: “It is striking that in 2019, the position of elderly and disabled persons was not addressed in terms.”