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Labour have made a wide range of promises to improve the lives of claimants in their manifesto published today. These include scrapping the current personal independence payments (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) assessments, ending the privatisation of assessments and reinstating the work-related activity component of ESA.

The main undertakings given to claimants in the manifesto are:

Scrap the sanctions regime.

Scrap the Bedroom Tax.

Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group.

Implement the court decision on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so that there is real parity of esteem between those with physical and mental-health conditions.

Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers.

End the privatisation of assessments.

End the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.

Reinstate Housing Benefit for under-21s.

Scrap cuts to Bereavement Support Payment.

Reform and redesign universal credit (UC), ending six-week delays in payment and the ‘rape clause’.

Repeal cuts in the UC limited capacity for work element.

Increase Carer’s Allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.

Commission a report into expanding the Access to Work programme.

Change how Jobcentre Plus staff are performance-managed.

You can read the full details of Labour’s offer to claimants on pages 56-57 of the Labour Party manifesto

Comments  

+1 #23 tintack 2017-06-04 00:40
If you're fed up with the torrent of hard-right propaganda masquerading as journalism spewing forth from the usual suspects in the press and would like some light-hearted relief, fear not - Tory Jesus is just what you're looking for:

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2017/05/17/10-commandments-tory-jesus/

Praise be!
+1 #22 Matata2011 2017-06-02 01:24
Election 2017: Coalition of 80 charities unite to pressure party leaders over disability benefit cuts
Paralympians Kadeena Cox and Anne Wafula Strike and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills among those signing cross-party open letter
Jon Vale Thursday 1 June 2017
+1 #21 Matata2011 2017-06-01 05:49
Pauline ,you are right but that was a different so called "New Labour "then in 2008,under Tony Blair/ Gordon Brown & co, in fact Yvette Coper & their consecutive DWP Ministers are the ones who pushed it through,' Today's Labour we have a different compassionate leader who may have voted against it from history including the Iraq war where like many, he was right about the consequences,ho pefully just like Scotland he will get rid of Atos and Co.
+2 #20 tintack 2017-06-01 00:10
Quote:
Labour are the ones who brought the assessments in ,in the first place back in 1999 , they are the ones who employed ATOS in the first place.
That was New Labour and its Tory-lite drones like Yvette Cooper and James Purnell. Corbyn was opposed to the WCA and Atos at the time. He's now leader and has pledged to scrap the WCA and sack the corporations profiting from disability assessments. The Tories will do none of that.
-1 #19 Pauline 2017-05-31 16:35
Labour are the ones who brought the assessments in ,in the first place back in 1999 , they are the ones who employed ATOS in the first place.
+2 #18 Drizzle 2017-05-30 22:46
The choice is stark: if you want more of the same and worse vote Conservative; if you want hope for a better future for you and your children vote Labour*. They really are polar opposites now Jeremy Corbyn leads Labour.

* or vote tactically if you're in a Conservative safe seat
+2 #17 dabs1971 2017-05-30 10:21
Labour really are the party for the disabled. I'm glad they are going to raise carers allowance if they get in. They save the government millions and get pittance for it. The only thing I wonder is, as my partner is my carer, we live on ESA; if the carers goes up will the ESA money be reduced? If so we will be no better off but it will be nice that he will be recognised as a valuable member of society.
+2 #16 Littlebipolar 2017-05-28 08:59
labour all the way ! We need to stand together and make changes ! Vote labour !
+6 #15 TraceZee 2017-05-24 11:28
Labour 2017 is a very different party from the past. Don't judge them on mistakes made in 2009. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have long records in supporting disabled causes and disability rights. A new breed of Labour MP is replacing the Blairite blue Labour of the past and they too recognise the barbarity with which we've been treated. Don't believe the right wing press that have slated Corbyn from the off and trust in him and Labour. All May has done in this campaign is trot out two well worn phrases and hold closed meets with carefully chosen audiences... Mr Corbyn and co have at least gone to talk to real people! All disabled people need to vote Labour as they way it's going more and more will be denied support. Even if they don't win at least May won't get the whitewash she craves and Draconian Tory attitudes towards those​ on benefits won't get such an easy ride.
Postal vote came today. Will be a big tick for Labour and returned post haste!
+8 #14 lesley 2017-05-23 15:57
Already did my postal vote. Am proud to say that I voted Labour.
+9 #13 GodHelpUsAll 2017-05-21 01:15
So many thousands of people have committed suicide because of the satanic Tories... And I know how it feels to always live in the fear that the evil Tories will always be there to terrorize me... And I feel like I'm only just barely living with their permission.

Jeremy Corbyn is indeed a good man. Please vote Labour!

God Bless.
+8 #12 Matata2011 2017-05-20 21:26
What a glimmer of hope,the sooner people learn to vote for a party and not just the leader the better.Cobyn really speaks with compassion and love for society,our very vulnerable youth the future of our nation have really been hit very badly by this Government some are homeless after turning 18 from Care because gov won't fund till they are 21,the bar raised again to 25, even the pensioners have too been tabled for asset robbing Calling these policies above " a load of tosh" is saddening!!
+4 #11 Blackcat 2017-05-20 19:55
Hi
I have autism
Any body in government needs to control the media,radio and TV. Guess who is running the TV and Radio and what is put out.? Haven't seen much coverage of disabled issues on the TV or Radio during this election.
I cannot name anybody,but we all know what is going on. :-*
+7 #10 tintack 2017-05-19 13:20
Quoting J330MSD:
Another load of tosh from Labour.


By the way, while you're explaining why Labour's policies are a "load of tosh", perhaps you could also tell us which other party has better policies for sick and disabled people?

Unless of course this "argument" gets no further than "load of tosh", which is nothing more than a derisive dismissal with no substance or evidence to back it up.
+3 #9 Thomas Scott 2017-05-19 10:34
Amazingly people can not let go of the past !
Imagine if we were not aloud to change our opinion in life.
We are all able to change our minds in a free society.
Sheriff Hamond and Robin May have not fulfilled any promises so you don't think they are going to leave it as it is, they have already said they will reduce even further the existing benefits for ill people .
Without this website even more peo0le will not be getting any money.
I personally am lucky that my wife works because my pip claim started in January and have just got zero ,I have entered the mandatory appeal and that will go to be processed in the next 28 days.
A lovely government's helping me in my hour of need.
+14 #8 Hmf 2017-05-18 19:12
Labour for me. Can't be worse than current PIP cuts.
+4 #7 tintack 2017-05-18 16:17
Quoting J330MSD:
Another load of tosh from Labour.


Can you explain what you object to in that list of policies?
+11 #6 tintack 2017-05-18 16:12
Quote:
whilst it is true that the tories are making life worse for claiments and there is no doubt they have little care or sympothy for sick/disabled people, but i have a long memory, it was labour that actualy introduced ESA and they also planned to totaly scrap DLA with no replacement, after an outcry i remember andy burnham the then dwp secretary saying 'you can all be very happy now' after reversing the plans.....actualy the original WCA descriptors i thought were very fair, they covered fairly all aspects of disability but it was labour that introduced ESA, i suppose it dont matter who you vote for really, its a case of do you want to be hung or shot?
It's true that the WCA was introduced under Labour, but that was in the era of New Labour and its drones like Cooper and Purnell. This is Corbyn's Labour, which could hardly be more different. Remember, the 2010 Labour manifesto described the WCA as "tough but fair". Corbyn has pledged to scrap it and sack the corporate vultures who profit from it.
-8 #5 stuart52 2017-05-18 12:45
whilst it is true that the tories are making life worse for claiments and there is no doubt they have little care or sympothy for sick/disabled people, but i have a long memory, it was labour that actualy introduced ESA and they also planned to totaly scrap DLA with no replacement, after an outcry i remember andy burnham the then dwp secretary saying 'you can all be very happy now' after reversing the plans.....actua ly the original WCA descriptors i thought were very fair, they covered fairly all aspects of disability but it was labour that introduced ESA, i suppose it dont matter who you vote for really, its a case of do you want to be hung or shot?
+8 #4 Karl bedson 2017-05-18 11:30
Quoting J330MSD:
Another load of tosh from Labour.


If that list is tosh, why are you here, stick with the party now targeting the elderly.

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