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Election Day is Here! Last Look at Key Disability Manifesto Pledges!


Election day is here, so let's take one final look at what each of the parties is offering for people with a disability in their manifesto! Facts and figures are used from Disability Rights UK's fabulous election resource.

Labour

Contents of the Labour party disability manfesto

The disability manifesto is 28 pages and its chapters include:

  • Ensuring an adequate standard of living and social protection

  • Work and employment

  • Education and training

  • Accessible environments

  • Health and social care

  • Access to justice

  • Participating fully in political, public and cultural life

Contents of the Labour party main manifesto

Benefits

  • scrap the punitive sanctions regime

  • scrap the Bedroom Tax

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • end the privatisation of assessments (Atos, Maximus, Capita)

  • end the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions

  • repeal cuts in the UC limited capacity for work element

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

  • scrap cuts to Bereavement Support Payment.

  • reform and redesign UC, ending six-week delays in payment and the ‘rape clause’

  • guarantee the state pension ‘triple lock’ - throughout the next Parliament. It will rise by at least 2.5 per cent a year or be increased to keep pace with inflation or earnings, whichever is higher

  • Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes will be guaranteed as universal benefits

  • protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas in the EU or further afield

Education and Skills

  • scrap Conservative plans for schools to pay the apprenticeship levy

  • extend schools-based counselling to all schools to improve children’s mental health

  • deliver a strategy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) based on inclusivity, and embed SEND more substantially into training for teachers and non-teaching staff, so that staff, children and their parents are properly supported