The Conservative party manifesto contains no real benefits surprises, instead it is laden with already well-publicised threats to claimants, rather than promises.  In all, the Tories plan to cut a massive £12 billion from the cost of benefits, almost all of this coming from a crackdown on personal independence payment (PIP).

The manifesto includes a pledge to tighten up the work capability assessment from 2025, which the Office for Budget Responsibility said in January will mean 600,000 claimants will be placed in the LCW group rather than the LCWRA group by 2028-29.

The fit note process will be overhauled, with GPs no longer playing a part in the process, something Sunak highlighted in a speech in April.

Sanctions will also be toughened up, something else Sunak spoke about in his April speech.

The forced migration of legacy benefits claimants to universal credit is to be brought forward, a process which the DWP has already announced will begin in September of this year.

A crackdown on fraud, which will see the DWP given police powers to search and seize, as well as post office type powers to carry out prosecutions.  This is something else Sunak already threatened in April of this year.

It is the proposed changes to PIP, set out in the Green Paper currently being consulted on, which will be relied on to provide over £10 billion of the £12 billion in savings, however.

But the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has cast doubt on the Conservative claim that they can cut spending on benefits by this much by the end of the next parliament.

They argue that changes to the WCA would only save £1.4 billion.  Other measures, such as harsher sanctions and changes to fit notes would save very little.

So the vast bulk of the savings would have to come from changes to PIP.  The IFS point out that spending on PIP is forecast to be £30 billion in 2028-29, so a cut of anything like £12 billion “would be a huge proportion of the existing bill, meaning a lot of people losing significant sums”.

Previous attempts to cut spending on disability benefits have failed and unless any changes apply to existing claimants, rather than to new or reassessed claimants, then any savings will take many years to realise.

But, as it now seems extremely unlikely that the Conservatives will form the next government, it is Labour’s attitude to reform of the disability benefits system that is of most importance for claimants outside Scotland.

Thursday’s Labour manifesto publication may tell us more.  But based on Labour’s tight-lipped approach to any changes it may have planned, we probably won’t know much until after the election.

You can download the Conservative party 2024 manifesto from this link.

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    shirleyp · 1 hours ago
    Anyone remember George Osborne’s magic wand? He said 500,000 of us would miraculously recover and stop being disabled! He created PIP, to replace DLA, and announced that 500,000 of us would not receive PIP. We’d be healed!

    This manifesto is more of the same; they want to cut the PIP budget by £10 billion. £10 billion!!! Why not simply say that disabled people should starve, go without medication, die?

    Nye Bevan was right, the Tory party are scum.
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    SkyB · 3 hours ago
    Same old, same old. Punish and deprive the most vulnerable in society to gift extra money to their wealthy friends and donors. And they wonder why there is a mental health crisis in the UK?
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    BirtyB · 14 hours ago
    It would be a disaster 
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    Clare · 16 hours ago
    With everyone and its dog knowing the path the Conservatives were on We all knew the majority of the things which were going to be in their manifesto So it has come as no surprise that there is little change from the path they had stated before the election At least we know where we stand with them unlike others But whether we like it or not that is a different issue  Many would say treating the sick and disabled this way is not a good look I understand that the benefits bill for the sick/disabled is increasing and there are somethings could help that But anyone trying to claim these benefits would tell you of the hoops needing to be jumped through to get these benefits So help and understanding is required With the use carrot not stick As well as the NHS being able to help to reduce some of the long term sick waiting for treatment Which could  in turn help to reduce people claiming benefits As well as change there lives for the better
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    Valerie Egan · 20 hours ago
    This will not work as I am an example of that before it even starts. I have just undergone a Universal Credit Health Assessment to see if I am able to work and they have told me I do not have to look for work anymore as I have limited working capability. Once I got this result I have received a PIP Review to reassess me for this so I have included the decision made by the UC team to prove that I am unfit to work, despite wanting all disabled people into work. It will never happen. Employers need to be trained on how to manage disabled people as Epilepsy Actions magazine says that Morrisons Supermarkets have been fined 3.5 million for an employee with Epilepsy which is what I have having admitted to 4 health and safety charges. The employee fell down a staircase during a seizure and died 12 days later. This was in Tewkesbury , Gloucs. They did not carry out suitable risk assessments knowing that he suffered with the condition. Put this before the Government and see what they have to say.?
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    Andrew Currie · 20 hours ago
    Sunak said he will cut welfare benefits to give tax cuts for the wealthy. What sort of person votes for this?
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    Fred · 20 hours ago
    This deluded bunch never get my vote again. Idealisms off the scale and out of touch with the realities everyday people face whether them being in work or out of work. As for their PIP voucher scheme I find that incredibly annoying. 
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    Jo · 20 hours ago
    Sorry they will not be getting my vote - they have caused more hardship and anguish for disabled people than any other party and they certainly haven’t helped the NHS or the Pensioners.

    Their policies are as fake as their prime minister who wouldn’t understand what any of us are going through !!
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    Mazz · 21 hours ago
    After working in housing and the health and social care sector for many years before ending up as a claimant, there is NO way I will be voting Conservative. During the last 8 years as a claimant I have felt like a criminal, despite following all the rules re holiday forms etc. It has have been extremely stressful and certainly severely affected my health each time I have had to complete a claim or a review. Not helped by the ambiguous answers from DWP to questions trying to clarify rules.
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    Margo · 22 hours ago
    How about the Conservatives introduce a 'dying tax' whereby they can remove functioning organs prior to death and sell them on the open market?  They might as well; they are determined to remove everything else.
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    J Knox · 22 hours ago
    I feel they aren't letting us consult as you go on gov website and it keeps saying consultation closed 
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    Julia · 22 hours ago
    The Conservative Party has and always will be uncaring.
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    Gary · 22 hours ago
    Not voting Tory.!. Typical government give you a benefit, then increase it and the first sign that the country in is in financial crisis they attack those of society least able to defend ourselves benefit claimants. All parties should be ashamed of themselves. Disabled people didn’t ask to be disabled so why are we punished. I ‘ve paid my taxes for 47 years retirement this year and disabled with acute heart failure on ESA support group and PIP which is under review and this is the way we are treated 3rd rate citizens. Gary 
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    Cheshire Guy · 22 hours ago
    If Labour are staying tight lipped about benefits,then surely that says something about their intentions if they form a government.
    Wouldn't you think that Labour would say something so we can decide if they are worthy of our vote? 
    Seems to me that the tories have persecuted benefit claimants,and used them to divide the country against each other-pretty disgusting tories really.And yet Labour remain quiet when they should be saying something now and not later. 
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    Dinkydiver · 22 hours ago
    Anyone would be better than the conservatives. Just think of how many people they're making feeling suicidal because of their threats 
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      Trevor Synge-Perrin · 21 hours ago
      @Dinkydiver I know several people who have committed suicide directly in response to the Tories' bullying, unjust nd appalling treatment of then. Sadly, they;re not fraudsters, but genuinely vulnerable. What incenses me most is their treatment of 'special needs' people, those ones who are so cognitively impaired since birth or early childhood that years ago they'd have always lived with their families or in special caring homes - which while could be a bit dull, relieved them of form filling & the financial world which they were totally unfitted for - whatever else they could do - often quite a lot. So they could take part in a sheltered working environment, & partake in the 'outside world' as & when.
        This government wastes so much working potential because it refuses to help people into & keep jobs - even careers - which suit their particular abilities, taking account of disabilities or recurring illnesses or chronic conditions.
       Also it's the first time a Government  has discounted qualified medics totally in favour of totally ignorant pen pushers to sign off - or more likely not -  ill people from work.
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    Mike · 22 hours ago
    Hi All,
    It is all very well coming down hard on benefit swindlers, the Albanian £50,000,000 being a case in point. However what is often overlooked by politicians is how much extra benefits would increase if everyone that is due benefits was to claim them. For every cheat there is probably a hundred people with no idea and no one to guide them to what they are due. As for giving the dwp powers equal to or even exceeding the police to look at bank accounts and carry out seizures of property and goods I do not think any other western country would treat their citizens with such disdain.
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      Trevor Synge-Perrin · 21 hours ago
      @Mike you're quite right. why do you think Tories, Farage & other arrogant ***** wanted to leave EU? ''safety in numbers'', as my Grandma said after 2 world wars. 
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    Citymike · 22 hours ago
    Like all previous governments they pledge to reform the welfare bill but always hit the worse off and it never saves any money.
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    Emma · 23 hours ago
    Conservatives make my conditions worse, I have autism, ptsd, depression and anxiety. I have daily support. With there cuts I’m terrified I won’t be able to afford my support. My pip helps me pay for that. Being forced to work makes me feel suicidal. I wouldn’t cope. 
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    Carol · 1 days ago
    I'm certainly not voting Conservative this time , I'm not a fan of mel stride , they need to claw some money back so why don't they take a pay cut , my daughter inlaw broke her back   she was awarded enhanced pip she had a mobilty car because she cannot walk , her video call from capita was awfull the lady said il give you a good report , yes she certainly did that they have took her car off her saying she doesn't warrant 1 , so now she is house bound   she has bought  a 2nd hand mobilty scooter but doesn't help when she goes to hosp once a month for her injection in her spine , so no I'm not voting Conservative this time   labour not really said what there policy is but cannot be worse then these .
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    Lynn Sheridan · 1 days ago
    Whilst I don't see them having the MP numbers to form the next government, I am very concerned about the PIP recommendations under discussion presently. It would appear they will push to change the criteria to give them the ability to reassess people and not renew their benefits or reduce benefits paid. I believe those with severe mental health issues and veterans will suffer the most.
    A voucher scheme I believe would stigmatized, label people and I strongly believe it would be discrimination. How can someone pay an individual who they bring into their home to help with a little bed one and pay them with vouchers?
    Picking medication, food or other services 
    needed from a brochure who benefits from this? The companies/ individuals the government dictate surely this is not democratic and allows companies to make money on the back of the disabled? Will it be value for money? 
    Looking at medical treatments I believe it will just push the financial burden on to the NHS and local community services that are already stretched. It is not about creating a stressless  life for people but creating more stress and more people falling between the cracks. Carers having to go out to work full time to meet the basic needs of daily living whilst having to leave relatives alone for long periods of time. 
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      Trevor Synge-Perrin · 20 hours ago
      @Lynn Sheridan the voucher benefit can't possibly work - which is why they're wanting it. Thatcher brought in DWP so proplr were allowed ££ according to disabilities and levels of, but with the freedom wo spend it how they liked. for example you might go without transport for weeks & stay at home to afford something else, or a little holiday. One month you might need to spend more on home help than medical extras. We had RESPECT and the autonomy to live more independent lives.
       it would cost silly money to implement & will make social services even less efficient than they are now. They should be fighting against it.
       
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