The Labour Party manifesto, released today (May 16) has confirmed what we all saw in the leaked version last week – a bonfire of the cruel legislation that has led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands of vulnerable people.
But remember – this is only what Labour would do, if elected back into office on June 8.
With the mass media lining up to attack Labour over any slightest quibble, that will be hard to achieve.
So please make sure all 12 million sick and disabled people, and all of the unemployed and under-employed get to see this.
As I wrote last week:
This Writer has no problem whatsoever with a document written by an organisation that promises to “Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process which provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers”.
I applaud the (draft) announcement that Labour will “End the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions“.
I welcome the plan to “Scrap the punitive sanctions regime“.
And I salute the promise to “Scrap the bedroom tax” (yes, the bedroom tax! “Spare room subsidy” – what an insult).
Anybody who expressed doubts that Labour would follow through on its promises can start eating their words.
And there’s more. Labour would:
- Increase ESA by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group and repeal cuts in UC LCW.
- Uprate carer’s allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers Allowance.
- Implement the court decision on PIP so that there is real parity of esteem between those with physical and mental health conditions.
- Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s.
- Scrap bereavement support payment cuts.
- Review the cuts to work allowances in Universal Credit.
- Review the decision to limit tax credit and Universal Credit payments to the first two children in a family (the so-called “rape clause”).
- Commission a report into expanding the Access to Work programme.
Perhaps crucially, the party would “change how Jobcentre Plus staff are performance managed” – so DWP employees are no longer encouraged to find spurious ways of pushing the vulnerable off their books?
“Labour supports a social model of disability. People may have a condition or an impairment but are disabled by society. We need to remove the barriers in society that restrict opportunities and choices for disabled people,” the draft document states.
“We will change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises people to one that is supportive and enabling.”
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary is Debbie Abrahams. This Writer has known her for several years now, and always considered her to be a person of strong professional integrity who would act on her promises.
This proves it.
If YOU have a long-term illness or disability, this is all the reason you need to vote Labour on June 8. If you don’t, but know somebody who does, please share this information with them.
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