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The Labour Party manifesto, published today, includes the most sweeping changes to social security law of any party so far. Many relate to provision for sick and disabled claimants.

Amongst the commitments given by Labour are:

  • “stop the dehumanising Work Capability and PIP Assessments, which repeatedly and falsely find ill or disabled people fit to work, and make sure all assessments are done in-house.”
  • “increase Employment and Support Allowance by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group.”
  • “increasing the Carer’s Allowance to the level of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.”
  • “raise the basic rate of support for children with disabilities to the level of Child Tax Credits.”
  • “ensure that severely disabled people without a formal carer receive extra support to enable them to meet the extra costs they inevitably face.”
  • “scrapping the benefit cap and the two child limit”
  • “scrapping the bedroom tax and increasing Local Housing Allowance”
  • “restore all early legal aid advice, including for housing, social security, family and immigration cases”

Labour say that they will scrap universal credit (UC). However, they also say that it will take time to design an alternative system.

In the meantime, the party says it will immediately:

  • stop moving people onto UC;
  • end the five week wait
  • introduce fortnightly payments
  • pay the housing element directly to landlords
  • end the digital only approach to claiming

You can download the Labour Party manifesto from this link.

Comments  

+2 #4 SusieQ 2019-11-27 14:14
After reading the Labour manifesto I can see a light at the end of the dark dreary tunnel that the Tories including the Lib dems have carved out. Not just for the disabled but for everyone of all ages.

I like many others have worked near on 40 years but have become too ill to work and it is a very frightening position to find yourself in when you still have a mortgage and bills to pay.

All I can say is please, please give JC4PM a chance and vote Labour as it is so scary to think of the future if the Tories continue with their heartless contempt towards the poor.
+1 #3 Angie 2019-11-27 13:15
I for one, will be voteing Labour. Jeremy is all for the people.
And UC needs scrapping NOW. It is causing mahem and not fit for puropse. It is costing more to put right, so paying out more to fix than in benfits.
I belueve carers who look after disabled people for 35 hours a weeķ are not paid enough because most cannot work.because of care roles.
PLEASE ALL VOTE FOR JEREMY TO RUN OUR COUNTRY.. IT IS A MESS. WE NEED DRSPERATE POSITIVE CHANGE NOW.
+4 #2 Debs424 2019-11-25 08:46
The Labour manifesto gives me hope. It includes many really well thought out changes to benefits. For someone chronically ill, like me, and obviously many others, it reads like a breath of fresh air.

I am sure the continuing feelings of impending doom, waiting for yet another assessment, and knowing the high chances of having to fight for my benefits, yet again, have caused me more stress than dealing with my disability.

I really pray that this time Labour will succeed and the heartless Conservatives will never be in a position to cause such dreadful harm to so many vulnerable people, ever again. Vote for hope!!
+6 #1 LadyHawk 2019-11-22 13:15
I love the Labour manifesto, It truly for the first time has given me hope for the future. The only problem I see now is those that have been without hope and in pain or just simply the disillusioned not getting out to vote. Please if you are reading this and you can enable just one other person besides yourself to vote you will have achieved much!. Lets vote for change!

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