The Liberal Democrats have published their election manifesto today, including their promises in relation to welfare benefits.  These include an undertaking to bring the WCA back in-house, stop unnecessary PIP assessments, end sanctions and increase carer’s allowance.  The manifesto says:

We will:

  • Tackle child poverty by removing the two-child limit and the benefit cap.
  • Set a target of ending deep poverty within a decade, and establish an independent commission to recommend further annual increases in Universal Credit to ensure that support covers life’s essentials, such as food and bills.
  • Support pensioners by protecting the triple lock so that pensions always rise in line with inflation, wages or 2.5% – whichever is highest.
  • Ensure that women born in the 1950s are finally treated fairly and properly compensated.
  • Give unpaid carers the support they deserve by increasing Carer’s Allowance and expanding it to more carers, and stop pursuing carers for old overpayments of Carer’s Allowance.

In addition, we will:

Repair the broken benefits safety net by:

  • Reducing the wait for the first payment of Universal Credit from five weeks to five days.
  • Scrapping the bedroom tax.
  • Replacing the sanctions regime with an incentive-based scheme to help people into work.
  • Ending the young parent penalty for under-25s by restoring the full rate of Universal Credit for all parents regardless of age.

Increase Carer’s Allowance and expand eligibility for it by:

  • Raising the amount carers can earn and introducing an earnings taper to end the unfair cliff-edge.
  • Reducing the number of hours’ care per week required.
  • Extending it to carers in full-time education.

Reverse the Conservatives’ cut to support payments for parents whose partners have died.

Establish an Independent Living Taskforce to help people live independently in their own homes, with more choice and control over their lives.

Make the benefits system work better for disabled people by:

  • Giving disabled people and organisations representing them a stronger voice in the design of benefits policies and processes.
  • Bringing Work Capability Assessments in-house.
  • Reforming Personal Independence Payment assessments to make the process more transparent and stop unnecessary reassessments, and end the use of informal assessments.

Give everyone the chance to enjoy a decent retirement by:

  • Developing measures to end the gender pension gap in private pensions and ensure working-age carers can save properly for retirement.
  • Improving the State Pension system by investing in helplines to ensure quicker responses to queries and resolution of underpayments.
  • Ending the scandal of lost top-up payments by overhauling the processing system and providing proper receipts.

 Fix the broken Statutory Sick Pay system.

 Require pension funds and managers to show that their portfolio investments are consistent with the Paris Agreement.

Ensure that military compensation for illness or injury does not count towards means testing for benefits.

You can read the full manifesto here.

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    Markorollo · 1 days ago
    "Bringing Work Capability Assessments in-house." not scrapping them altogether means no chance of a vote from me. in house or not they will still be used to harass disabled people, like me (spina bifida and other things)
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    Moses · 2 days ago
    I'm sorry (not sorry), but lib dems you guys leave me with bad taste in my mouth because you lot (lib dems) went into political bed with Tories all those years ago. I can never trust lib dems ever again for the rest of my life after that (14 yrs wasted and lib dem were part of that chaotic part of my life). Totally unforgivable.


    So.....no! Lib dems you will not (never get my vote or support)
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    mrfibro · 2 days ago
    Lib dems a waste of space, remember they hopped into bed with the Tories, and were simply Tory lapdogs helping prop up a Tory government.

    Now Lib dems want to go it alone.  There's only 2 runners in this race.  Labour or the NASTY PARTY.
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    wibblum · 4 days ago
    Promises, promises...

    Provided they could even be trusted to not betray those who vote for them in the first place (see the 2010 election), the only way the Lib Dems will be able to wield any kind of power is if there is a hung parliament and as 'the third party' they enter into a coalition as the junior partner propping up one of The Big Two.

    History proves that they are most likely to do that with the tories - although of course it seems there's so little real difference now between the tories and Starmer's Labour that even that's no longer a given. History has also proven that as junior partner, they'd be little more than a convenient scapegoat for their senior partner's less popular policies and then receive nothing in return for that dubious privilege.

    The only reason to vote Lib Dem is in a seat where there is no effective Labour opposition and they are the best option to oust the tories. Otherwise, it's just a two horse race unfortunately, with Starmer's Labour as nothing more than the least worst option.
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    Ah · 4 days ago
    They forgot the free Unicorn for every household.
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    Boris1 · 4 days ago
    All talk and no action as expected by a party who will never get into no' 10
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      mrfibro · 2 days ago
      @wibblum YES they were in bed with the Tory rats.  
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      wibblum · 4 days ago
      @Boris1 But they already have been in number 10.

      Although if I remember correctly Cameron always made them use the tradesman's entrance.
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    george · 4 days ago
    All sounds wonderful but too wonderful ! No way can someone fulfill all those changes ! Also like was posted below they won't get enough votes to get into number 10 , it's a two man race as usual 
    ( one day that may change who knows) So it's a choice you vote conservative who are going after people with health problems Worse than ever or labour who I don't like with Keir starmer in charge but it's a chance I feel I have to take .
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      gingin · 2 days ago
      @Simon I'm tactically voting as Labour have no chance of winning in my area, so Lib Dems will hopefully hold them to account on welfare
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      Simon · 4 days ago
      @george There's no point in doing a tactical vote, as your vote is one in tens of millions so won't make a difference. 

      What we ALL need to do is vote for what we believe in.  Lib Dems probably won't get in, true.  But if lots of people vote for them, then the other parties will take note and maybe move their policies more towards the Lib Dems. 

      If we vote Labour, they'll just have free reign to do what they want.  And right now, they're just Tory Lite. 
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    James h · 4 days ago
    Makes no difference really because lib dens won’t have no influence it’s the labour one that need to look at but I notice they still are going to keep universal credit and the wca and what does in house mean exactly is it you would be assessed by an nhs doctor this time that would actually write a truthful and fair report 
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      The dogmother. · 2 days ago
      @mrfibro @mrfibro I was assessed by four different NHS docs back in the day too. Each one passed me unfit for work. But I think mine was every 2-3 years . Frightening as it was it was fair, even if they did put us through a very rigorous 'test'.
      I never particularly felt tricked or coerced to say a thing that would go against me.
      I remember the last doctor i got was very senior, he said he'd no idea why I was ever sent for assessments to begin with. 
      I got paper based after that.
      And still do. Well,thus far. 5 times in total.  It def needs to cone back "In house".
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      mrfibro · 2 days ago
      @Boris1 A doctor who is worth his/ her salt would refuse to implement dwp's rules on assessments.

      This is why when one goes for assessment/s you rarely find an NHS or private doctor doing DWP assessments.

      Why ?  simple doctors know the DWP are all about causing misery and suffering to claimants, which then causes more illnesses, and subjectively causing claimants to have a shorter life span, resulting from the stress and additional illnesses that causes.

      End note the Tories know this, and they hope many claimants do not ever reach pensionable age.
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      mrfibro · 2 days ago
      @James h I think in house is when back in the day, when you got called up every 5 years.  A doctor would assess you, then he/ she notified the DWP and you either continued being off sick, or you were called in by the DWP to find a suitable job.

      Incidentally this was before ESA and the such a likes.  I for one used to be examined by an NHS  doctor.  If that same doctor was to see ,assess me again, he would only need to take one look at me, to park me up on life long disability be.

      The whole Tory fiasco was cleverly engineered by Tory rats, and their accomplices to simply kick ill  / disabled people of any benefits they possibly could.
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      Simon · 4 days ago
      @James h Still, vote for them if you like their policies.  That's what I'll be doing, even if they don't get in at least our votes count towards something we believe in, and it can influence the other parties to tailor their policies more in line with Lib Dems. 
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      Boris1 · 4 days ago
      @James h You don't need to be assessed by an nhs Doctor.
      Whether you agree or not, all disability assessors receive the same level of training required to assess claimants.
      They could be nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or paramedics.
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    mrfibro · 4 days ago
    Trouble is, LIB DEMS wont get in to number 10.
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    S123 · 4 days ago
    Do you really think they will be elected? Even if they gain some votes they cannot implement these changes. If only Labour spoke out 
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