The Labour Party has published its manifesto today.  Astonishingly, its 136 pages provide not a single concrete action relating to welfare benefits – the issue has been almost entirely airbrushed from the document, leaving disabled claimants with no idea what Labour has in store for them.

The closest thing to an actionable idea relating to benefits is on page 78 of the manifesto, which says:

“Labour is committed to reviewing Universal Credit so that it makes work pay and tackles poverty. We want to end mass dependence on emergency food parcels, which is a moral scar on our society.”

So, a review will take place at some undefined time, but with no hint of whether the intention is to increase or reduce UC for disabled claimants, increase or reduce sanctions or anything else.

The document does say on page 42 that:

“We will tackle the backlog of Access to Work claims and give disabled people the confidence to start working without the fear of an immediate benefit reassessment if it does not work out. We believe the Work Capability Assessment is not working and needs to be reformed or replaced, alongside a proper plan to support disabled people to work.”

 But this tells readers nothing concrete. When will reform or replacement of the WCA happen and what form will it take? It sounds like Labour has no clear ideas on the subject, just a vague aspiration.

There is, though, the obligatory threat on page 42 to people who are not in work but, in the view of the Labour Party, should be:

“Labour will reform employment support so it drives growth and opportunity. Our system will be underpinned by rights and responsibilities – people who can work, should work – and there will be consequences for those who do not fulfil their obligations.”

On child poverty, the document says on page 79:

“Labour will develop an ambitious strategy to reduce child poverty. We will work with the voluntary sector, faith organisations, trade unions, business, devolved and local government, and communities to bring about change.”

This suggests that there is no intention to increase benefits payments related to children or to remove the two-child benefit cap introduced by the Tories in 2017, which has been such a driver of child poverty.

Aside from that, there is an undertaking to retain the triple lock for the state pension and a stern warning that Labour “will not tolerate fraud or waste anywhere, whether in social security or the excessive use of consultants”.

And that’s all we could find, please do tell us in the comments section if you discover anything else.

This is a cruel manifesto from the point of view of disabled claimants. 

The Conservatives put in motion some ferociously anti-disabled claimant plans, including moving forward the forced migration to universal credit, making the WCA harder to pass, consulting on replacing PIP with vouchers and spying on bank accounts.

But it will be Labour, not the Conservatives, who are virtually certain to be in charge of claimants’ fate after the election. 

Labour’s decision to give no hint of which Tory plans they will reject and which they will adopt will leave many claimants in a state of real distress for weeks to come.

You can download the Labour Party manifesto from this link.

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    William · 4 days ago
    Will they keep the bedroom tax
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    Lisa · 8 days ago
    IT all STINKS! Because whatever party you vote for always renege on their promises. And of course disabled people are either INVISIBLE or just another TARGET for reduction in numbers of whatever cutbacks they want to enforce. 
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    Denise · 11 days ago
    They will just carry on from the Tories, I knew this would happen with Stammer's Labour party, it's nothing different from what the Tories were planning anyway, not once on his election campaign, has he ever mentioned the sick/disabled, the most persecuted under the Tories, he could stop the migration of legacy benefits claimants onto UC, at least until it is a fair system, and claimants are treated with respect, not like common criminals, who have done something terrible, 14 years of hell, and now has I suspected, years more of hell, and I am Labour socialist though and though, but no way is Stammer any way near being a true Labour man, his party is T Blair's mark 2, Labour colours but tory values, when has being sick/disabled in this country been a crime.
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      natalie · 9 days ago
      @Denise I agree im dissabled and i am worried sick at what is to become of us,i have  through no fault of  my own ended up living on  benefits .I  have worked since I left school at 15 and not stopped until I became ill at 48,I dont claim benefits and pip for the fun of it but out of neccasity. I voted labour because I thought they would be different to the conservatives but there the same. being sick or dissabled is not a crime but benefits are a neccesary evil and should not be up for negotation
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    Ms C. A. B. S. · 12 days ago
    Will they scrap pips? Will esa lose support group. Sending unfit persons into the workplace to be unproductive and possibly disruptive members of staff, needing all sorts of adaptations and possibly causing the employee further pain and exacerbations of their health issues conditions. Where they may be off sick too much. Maybe for months following treatments and surgeries. It may fulfil a narrative of toughness and frugality. But is totally counter productive. Stop the reforms for now until your spending reviews when you can sort it more effectively. 
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    Gemma · 14 days ago
    I don't know who to vote for on 4th July.
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    Shirley moss · 14 days ago
    I am 90 percent voting for labour I'm disabled can't we Ork I'm 60 years old I have carers as my husband has not been well and is 70 years old I have to pay carers amount of money which I don't know how I can keep on paying so I'm worried how I will be looked after when I run out of money how will you help me  
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    Cathy Wells · 14 days ago
    I'm disappointed by Labour's silence about sickness and disability benefits. But I'm voting for them because I'm impressed by their stance on the NHS. Whether or not it would get any of us back into work (which isn't my point) I think all of us on sickness and disability benefits are suffering from a lack of proper decent healthcare. Even if our benefits situations aren't improved, getting better healthcare should improve the quality of our lives. 

    From someone who is on sickness and disability benefits more because of medical trauma and nearly being killed by medical errors and neglect twice in the last 5 years, plus the total absence of any mental health support afterwards (all of which I blame entirely on NHS cuts), than because of my actual medical conditions themselves. 
    Pretty sure a lot of you have been through/are going through the same, sending sympathy and respect x
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    Shadowes · 15 days ago
    If they didn’t outsource assessments that always seem to report things you didn’t actually say, that then go to MR for the same report to be upheld, that are then looked at again at tribunal… three expensive and unnecessary stages could be cut from the process. So much is duplicated, whether it’s this, WCAs and PIP assessments or simply not answering phones. Cutting duplication, not benefits, would be a better plan. 
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    Anders · 15 days ago
    During the election debate last week.. Kier Starmer told Rishi Sunak that cutting welfare and and benefits will not save the economy a penny. That tells me nothing will change under Labour 
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    Sean · 16 days ago
    The Tories are already snooping on bank accounts - we're a disabled couple, and we've just had our Universal Credit benefit stopped because we refused to show them our private and confidential bank statements! Nothing to hide, but it's humiliating enough having to claim benefits without having Joe Bloggs snooping through your private documents. This Tory government needs kicking into touch altogether, we've now been left without an income - despite paying into the system all our lives!! 
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    James · 17 days ago
    It may be a throw away vote to some people but im voting green. 


    Im having to wait 16 weeks for a response for mandatory reconsideration. Which i know means waiting almost a year for tribunal to have it all reinstated in the first three minutes, like the last time.


    In the meantime, after all the basic keep myself alive expenses, i have £30 to my name each month. I cant even afford the private counciling that makes life managable and can barely afford the medication it takes to get me out of the house.


    The DWP are useless when it comes to securing employment. As are the myriad private companies set uo to deliver 'employability training' which acounts to, 'have you got a cv?' and 'no, theres no way to afford higher education' or 'self employment? Make over £2000 and we will maybe consider you self employed' and perhaps the best 'reading information readily available from the .gov website off of a powerpoint in a zoom call'.


    Labour was willing to overlook the decade of abject missery, poverty and death caused by the DWP. Even though to have said anything about it would have secured them more votes. Which just says to me that we arent gonna have it any better. Or address the real drain on unemployment and disability sepending, the terminally useless private companies lead by conservative backers, paid millions to do nothing but say no.








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      Denise · 11 days ago
      @G Great manifesto by the greens, but the trouble is, they can't get into power, because people can only see the 2 biggest party's, and this manifesto should be Labour's as well, it's shameful what the Labour party as become over the years, it's defo not a party for the sick/disabled and unemployed anymore.
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    Andrew breeze · 22 days ago
    What are vouchers going to replace we still need to pay bill buy clothes etc government treating us like sheep as usual
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    Jonathan Hodge · 24 days ago
    I won't vote for anyone, the country is in such a mess that nobody can fix it. I hate being British, i hate the country and looking to leave the place at the earliest opportunity.
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      Denise · 11 days ago
      @Jo Can't they, looked what they have planned for the unemployed, no different from the Tories.
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      Jo · 12 days ago
      @Jonathan Hodge That is silly, surely it would be better to vote Labour just to get the Tories out. Labour might not be much better but they can’t be worse than the Tories and I don’t believe Labour would be as cruel as Tories are.
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    Claire · 24 days ago
    I live in Scotland and to my great relief have had my PIP changed over to the Scottish version ADP but my heart goes out to all those on PIP who are rightly terrified by the changes the Tories plan to make and unsure if and how different things will be under the Labour Party. It is an absolute disgrace that genuine claimants are treated as though we are all liars and crooks trying to steal from the government when it's the government who steals from the people of this country.
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    helen shakles · 27 days ago
    I feel like I'm being deleted from the timeline phased out of existence, surplus to requirements ,and my mental health,the illness that caused me to have to retire from work because of it's severity is being made out to be something I just conjured up because I'm  a poor excuse for a human being and I can't cope with life.ive had endless trauma in my life and now not only will I have no independence but no quality of life,I'll likely lose my home my expenses can't really be quantified any other way other than the cost of what it is to live these days.an insult to injury I'm on disbelief I may aswell just end it
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      Helen · 14 days ago
      @Helen Liberal Democrat’s and the Green Party seem the two parties that will those with disabilities and for the carers also behind getting rid of the intrusive pip forms. Ed Davy also is a carer but reform is more on the lines as the Conservatives
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      Katy · 16 days ago
      @Phil Dear Phil please, please don’t even think about voting for Reform. 
      If you think things are bad now:
      Reform are committed to dismantling the NHS 
      They’ve promised to come down hard on welfare 

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      Billy · 20 days ago
      @helen shakles Don't let yourself feel that way. That's why they are trying to push through assisted dying. Look up the increases and reasons in Canada. Don't let the b@st@rds get you down! xx
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      Helen · 23 days ago
      @Phil Reform will be worse, I promise you. 
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      Phil · 25 days ago
      @helen shakles Hi Helen, I just read your plight and feel the same myself, I'me try to decide who to vote for as this Tory government is driving us down, I looked at labour and there manifesto but seems to have no consise promises of plans to help the disabled, of people with mental health such as myself, how we stand with our befits, don't ever feel like that about yourself, theres thousands of us that are feeling unsure and very vulnerable, the conservatives are hell bent on picking on them with little and I genuinely thought the Labour party as a majority might have compassion but theres no clear awnser from them, I might vote reform yet but it seems like a heavy handed party, I feel lost about who to vote for and my only thought is that Labour, even with there faults could offer us a brighter light, nothing can be worse than the conservatives, we just have to live in hope that the next government will help them in need with disabilities and struggles 
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    Keith · 27 days ago
    Was it not under Blair/brown that  the WCA was brought in🤔
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      Dulcie · 21 days ago
      @Keith yes! They're the ones who got rid of incapacity benefit and DLA & started the process to reform to ESA & PIP, & then conservatives made it even harsher & introduced UC.
      Scoundrels the lot of em. 
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    CC · 27 days ago
    Sadly I have tried to meet up with Kendall who is my MP, but she holds no surgeries and dodges anyone who wants to talk to her about policies, she even refused attendance of a local hustings event.  I considered sitting on the bench all day opposite her office but that was perhaps too extreme so didnt go that far.
    However Labour have already said they plan to reduce eligibility by WCA reform, so I believe the mentioning of that in the manifesto is very likely related to that, it wouldnt surprise me if they end up being not too dissimilar to the already announced WCA changes by the DWP, PIP not being mentioned is hopefully good news.
    The current WCA qualifies many more people for LCWRA than when it was originally launched by Labour.  They targeted IB when last in power, and to me its not a surprise they targeting it again, still with the Tories going completely bonkers, its probably the lesser evil.
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      Kieran · 27 days ago
      @CC You as well? Liz has avoided speaking to me for a couple of months, 3 requests for an appointment gone unanswered and the local surgery she held near the King Richard road and Hinckley road has disappeared
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    SkyB · 27 days ago
    Starmer has broken every promise on which he sailed to leadership a few years ago.  I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. I'm a former Labour Party member, and still angry at how Jeremy Corbyn was ousted for this stuffed shirt who now wants a second lucrative career. Labour will win the election, but what it will mean for sick and disabled people goodness only knows. 
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    Marble · 28 days ago
    They introduced means tested benefits. They will do the same as the tories being disabled is now making you a target very 1938 where by Hitler targeted disabled ppl. Its utterly disgusting this singling out and abuse aimed at ppl who are vunrable. 
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      Bee · 23 days ago
      @Marble Exactly my thoughts . They just love degrading us ,belittle us . Trying to make our life even harder 
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      Bee · 23 days ago
      @Jan I was born in Germany  . I know for sure they did more . Anyone with a dissabilty ,chronic illness got locked up or worse .  Including people with MS .they just vanished  .and I had exactly the same thoughts .  Like us disabled made out scroutcher , costing too much money . We all just should pop it .   
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      Jan · 24 days ago
      @Marble It is not acceptable to use Hitler - in any posting.  The Nazi aim was for a 'pure' Arian race, and they did this by - among other horrors - sterilizing the incapable, vulnerable people.  I feel sure that you are not suggesting that the Labour Party intends to carry this out.  Please do not ramp up comments in this way.  It is disgusting and unnecessary.

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