As Labour promises to help the sick and disabled, Theresa May threatens even more harm

Theresa May during a visit to York Barbican on Tuesday while on the election campaign trail. It’s not quite a Nazi salute but she’s getting there [Image: PA].

Obviously Theresa May doesn’t think her policies have killed enough British people yet.

On the day the leaked Labour Manifesto revealed plans to restore fairness and dignity to the benefit system for people with long-term illnesses and disabilities, it is clear that Debbie Abrahams (quoted below) is absolutely right:

Only Labour will stand up for disabled people.

Theresa May has refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits in the next Parliament if the Conservatives are returned to government.

Asked by The Independent at a campaign event in Mansfield whether she would rule out any further cuts to support, the Prime Minister avoided giving a direct answer.

A £30-a-week cut to some new claimants of the Employment and Support Allowance came into effect last month despite opposition from more than 30 disability charities.

Disabled people put in the Work Related Activity Group will now receive £73 a week instead of £103 – the same rate as non-disabled people claiming jobseekers’ allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions says the lower rate of cash support will encourage disabled people to find work. Charities say the cuts do not incentivise work, make life harder for disabled people who face extra costs, and mean some people will be unable to afford basic necessities.

Labour slated Ms May’s position on further cuts.

“It should come as no surprise to disabled people who have borne the brunt of Government cuts that the Prime Minister has refused to rule out further cuts to their support in the next Parliament,” Debbie Abrahams, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, told The Independent.

“If the Prime Minister really cared about disabled people she wouldn’t have supported punitive and unjust cut including for PIP affecting over 160,000 people with chronic mental health conditions and ESA WRAG affecting half a million sick and disabled people. Only Labour will stand up for disabled people.”

Source: Theresa May refuses to rule out further disability benefits cuts

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9 thoughts on “As Labour promises to help the sick and disabled, Theresa May threatens even more harm

  1. rupertrlmitchell

    Anyone who votes for this person deserves all the help they won’t get when they need it. We all have the opportunity now to get back a decent living and environment for the future if we vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

  2. Steve Crathorn

    Of course the Labour party will. The tories have and always will try and kill it off

  3. Stella Atkins

    Plus, she will be driving us into depression for those who didn’t already have mental issues, those that do will already… More suicides as a result.

  4. Roy Beiley

    Still trying to sell to the Electorate the Daily Mail’s message that all disabled people are a group who are being paid a high level of benefits at the expense of “normal” people and are, by that definition, a drain on the countries resources. Cancerous hate filled rhetoric which unfortunately “appeals” to a certain group in society.

  5. blackghost55

    Hi all
    I watched live leak show last night i don’t usually but as he was talking politics I watched it
    It was quite interesting ok he had acouple of moans about JC but said there was no one else to vote for
    here is the link if anyone wants to watch it..
    It does contain bad language but it’s worth watching..
    he starts talking at about 20 minutes into the program..
    Amd Good Luck Jetemy

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