Debbie Abrahams, Labour's excellent Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has long spoken up to defend the sick and disabled from Conservative persecution.

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s excellent Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has long spoken up to defend the sick and disabled from Conservative persecution.

This is for those of us who have spent years campaigning against the fatally-flawed assessment regime for sickness and disability benefits: Labour will end them.

It is a major departure from the party’s policy under recent right-wing leaders – before the general election last year, policy was to retain the hated work capability assessments, despite the fact that they are based on nonsense and have contributed to thousands of deaths.

It is therefore all the more welcome.

Remember: The work capability assessment – along with all the death and misery that it entails – will only continue as long as we have a Conservative government. If you vote Conservative, you are contributing to that harm.

Don’t vote to persecute the sick. Don’t vote Conservative.

Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the government’s announcement of  consultation on the Work Capability Assessment, said:

“Whilst I welcome the Government’s acknowledgement that their callous Work Capability Assessments cause needless misery and stress for thousands upon thousands of sick and disabled people, Theresa May needs to take responsibility for her part in these disastrous social security reforms. To suggest that these have been a success is derisory.

“This cruel Tory approach is ideologically driven with the sole purpose of targeting the most vulnerable in our society to pay for their austerity plans, painting disabled people as scroungers and shirkers, whilst making no impact on the disability employment gap.

“Rather than tinkering at the edges, I have announced that Labour will scrap the Work Capability Assessments and replace them with a holistic, person-centred approach, based on principles of dignity and inclusion. This will be a key policy under our plans to transform the social security system.”

Source: Labour Press — Theresa May needs to take responsibility for her…

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