Labour in government will make a huge difference to the lives of people with disabilities.
Our country will only succeed when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Over the last five years much has got worse. For instance, the disability employment gap has flatlined after falling consistently throughout the last Labour government. Disabled people have experienced a cost-of-living crisis, with energy and housing costs leaving their budgets increasingly squeezed. Thousands have had their incomes hit further by the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax.
There has also been a worrying rise in the incidence of hate crime against disabled people, creating a climate in which it is harder for disabled people to make their voice heard.
This is unacceptable and the next Labour government will turn this around.
We will restore the concept of independent living to the heart of our public services, tailoring our health, education and care systems to disabled people’s needs.
We will ensure that our social security system always treats disabled people with dignity, and does more to support those who can to work. Our plans to address the cost of living crisis will raise the living standards of disabled people across the country. We will take action to realise the long held goal of the disability movement of ‘nothing about us without us’, ensuring that disabled people can participate fully in public life.
In government, Labour will make sure that young disabled people have the same chances as non-disabled people to study for the vocational or degree qualifications that lead to decent jobs.
Mental health will have the same priority as physical health and all NHS staff will have mental health training.
Health and social care will be brought together, offering people with disabilities an entitlement to a personal care plan, the option of personal budgets where appropriate, and a single named person to co-ordinate care.
We will set up a new specialist Work Support programme to help disabled people into jobs and protect the role of specialist Employment Advisers. We will deliver a new, locally commissioned specialist employment programme for sick and disabled people.
We will overhaul the failing Work Capability Assessment and get tough on failing contractors with penalties if they get assessments wrong, while offering disabled people a real say in how Work Capability Assessments are improved. Alongside this we will get a grip of the Tory-led government’s huge Personal Independence Payments backlog.
The cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax imposed on hundreds of thousands of disabled people and carers will be scrapped.
We will make disability hate crime a specific criminal offence.
Our manifesto for people with disabilities can be read online by clicking here. You can download a copy of the manifesto by clicking here.
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Our manifesto makes clear that people with disabilities will in future have a voice at the heart of government sitting on the cross-government committee that develops disability policy.
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