Debbie Abrahams speaking to the Labour conference [Image: David Gadd/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar].

Debbie Abrahams speaking to the Labour conference [Image: David Gadd/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar].

This is promising:

“The Labour Party has already pledged to get rid of the discriminatory and unfair Bedroom Tax. But I want to go further.

“I want to scrap the discredited Work Capability Assessment and replace it with a system based on personalised, holistic support, one that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers, whether skills, health, care, transport, or housing-related.

“This Government’s punitive sanctions system must go too, so Job Centre Plus and employment support providers’ performance will not just be assessed on how many people they get off their books.

“I want to see disabled people better supported into and at work. We will halve the Disability Employment Gap – and when we say it we mean it. And we will tackle other labour market inequalities too.

Source: Labour pledge to scrap ‘discredited’ fit for work tests and ‘punitive’ benefit sanctions

But this is deeply worrying:

Six weeks today the reduced overall benefit cap policy begins.  It will place at least half a million children into poverty and probably evict and make the same number homeless irreparably damaging their life chances.

According to Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all we have a left wing opposition in the Labour Party and one whose left wing views are a danger to the country (blah blah blah!) and so I sat down to watch the conference speech of Debbie Abrahams the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary for this radical left wing party.

Oh dear what a huge disappointment and not a mention of the Benefit Cap at all and despite Corbyn himself saying over 12 months ago at the TUC conference that it must go.

Source: Same old craven right wing Labour benefit policy – SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Now, I know that Debbie Abrahams is a good shadow minister who has worked hard against punitive Tory policies.

So I cannot account for the omission of the Benefit Cap from her speech.

Is Labour ignoring it? I find that hard to believe. The SPeye Joe article states that Jeremy Corbyn himself spoke up against it, 12 months ago.

Clarification please, Ms Abrahams.


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