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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  

+4 #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!
+7 #14 lesley 2017-05-23 15:57
Already did my postal vote. Am proud to say that I voted Labour.
+8 #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.
+6 #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!!
+3 #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. :-*
+6 #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.
+13 #8 Hmf 2017-05-18 19:12
Labour for me. Can't be worse than current PIP cuts.
+3 #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?
+9 #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.
-6 #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?
+6 #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.
-12 #3 J330MSD 2017-05-18 08:36
Another load of tosh from Labour.
-3 #2 denise 2017-05-17 08:20
All benfits still frozen first Uturn.
+13 #1 tintack 2017-05-17 00:09
I hope this puts to bed the idea that there's no point voting because "they're all the same". These policies are what many of us on here have been crying out for. The Tories will do very few if any of the above, and seem to be preparing to make things worse for people with mental health and musculoskeletal conditions.

But hey, strong and stable leadership, etc..

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