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Labour Promises ‘A Better Future For Disabled People’

Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party’s manifesto for disabled people.

Some of the key policies include:

  • We’ll expand opportunities for young disabled people. We’ll work with teacher-training providers to ensure teachers receive better training in working with disabled children or those with special educational needs. We’ll make sure our reforms to vocational education work for young disabled people, and that they have the same chances as non-disabled young people to go to university.
  • We’ll integrate our health and social care systems to provide better support for independent living. Labour will invest in our NHS, with a fully funded plan for 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, and 5,000 more home care workers. We’ll integrate our health and social care systems, and offer disabled people an entitlement to a personal care plan, the option of personal budgets where appropriate, and a single named person to integrate care. And we’ll make sure that local authorities have clear guidance about how to protect users of the Independent Living Fund.
  • We’ll ensure the social security system treats disabled people with dignity and respect: we’ll overhaul the failing Work Capability Assessment, ensuring that disabled people have a say in how its run, imposing stricter penalties where those making decisions get them wrong, and guaranteeing that the tests will always be accessible. We’ll get a grip on delays in vital benefit payments, and we’ll abolish unfair targets for sanctions in Jobcentre Plus.
  • We’ll give disabled people who want to work more support: the government’s failing Work Programme is letting down disabled people who want jobs, with just one in ten finding work. So we’ll replace it with a new specialist programme, commissioned jointly with local authorities. We’ll make sure that the vital support from Access to Work is widely publicised, working with disabled people to ensure that everyone who needs it can get the support they need to take up, stay in or progress in a job.
  • We’ll help disabled people with the cost of living: thousands of disabled people have been hit by the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax. Labour will abolish it. Disabled people often face extra costs to heat their home, so we’ll give them more support, freezing energy bills until 2017, and ensuring that bills can fall but cannot rise. We’ll help get bills down in the long term too, reforming the energy market and offering at least 200,000 free energy efficiency improvements a year to households in or at risk of fuel poverty.
  • We’ll promote the participation of disabled people in public life. The worrying rise in disability hate crime in recent years is adding to a climate which makes it harder for disabled people to make their voices heard. Labour will introduce a new offence of disability hate crime, ensuring that abuse of disabled people is never tolerated. We want the voices of disabled people to be heard at the heart of government, so we’ll ensure that they are represented on the cross-government committee that develops disability policy.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Do not vote for the smaller parties, you will be wasting a vote they will never get in, concentrate only on Labour and conservatives, because one of them will win, and I hope it wont be the Tories!!! Blair did make mistakes in the last election, and he knew it, prob why he stood down, but if a lot of people who knew Thatcher, would realize, she brought this country to its knees and labour were supposed yo fix it in less time, impossible in a broken country, now the Tories have broken it again. Look at the bigger picture, disabled and working class people and families were better off under a labour government. There was no food banks, hardly any unemployment, businesses were thriving, town as well, our town looks like there’s been an evacuation taken place since Tories were in.there’s more homeless now, disabled people are targeted our NHS has gone down and will be privatized kik most of our dentist have under a Tory government there are huge waiting list for council properties, with the Tories not paying out for social housing, and people have lost their homes, lively hood, families and there have been huge amounts of suicide, Education had slipped terribly and its even worse for Children with Disabilities, in mainstream schools. My son is Autistic and isn’t coping in mainstream we ate fighting for a specialist school why should we fight for a place due to cut backs, he should have the right to be in a school that can meet his needs! Cut backs on all our much needed services is disgraceful , I could go on forever VOTE LABOUR,PLEASE DONT LOOSE A VOTE BY VOTING THE LITTLE PEOPLE, LIB DEMS OR CONSERVATIVE, OR NOT AT ALL, VOTE LABOUR WE NEED TO GET BACK CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY, AND ITS PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT. VOTE LABOUR I KNOW I WILL BE ❤

  2. Dear Ed Miliband, As a registered disabled 74 year socialist pensioner I can well understand your ambitions. However I find your promises on Disability issues somewhat shallow & lacking in substance. I believe that you are a man who wants something different as do most of the 5 million disabled & 11 million pensioners . To prove to people that you are different, I firstly beseech you to start with those disabled people in greatest need who receive & rely on the ILF. Secondly we need something more than a Older People Commissioner or a Disability Minister In Government. Yes, I accept your apology that your holding up a copy of the Sun in Liverpool was a mistake. Learning by our mistakes is a life changing process. Hillsborough being the one the Police Force tried hard to remove. May I suggest that you do not need such learned political advisers who have such little understanding of socialist ideals & principles. I am delighted that you are now more able to recognise that this country requires leadership which can offer & be recognised as a guardian & protector for those less able to protect themselves.
    Removing your support for the replacement of Trident would place you high in regard at the pinnacle of humanity.
    Your Decision David !

    • Don’t expect anything from Labour Andy Burnham was in charge when the first debate on CRPS the Worlds Most Painful Incurable Condition took place in 2006 and he did nothing he also did nothing when he was approached in 2013 and 2014. If labour won’t do anything to help sufferers of a condition that drives 25% to suicide why would you think they will do anything for you

      • IF YOU THINK THE TRIES ARE BETTER FILL YOUR BOOTS THE MEN IN WHITE COATS WILL BE AROUND IN THE MORNING LABOUR WILL NOT BE PERFECT BUT THERE WOuLD BE A HELPFUL SMALL%change in emphasis aweay from the very wealthiest

      • You are joking there is not one party that’s any better than the others all the leaders are the same they want power and will do or say anything to get it

    • He’s said repeatedly he doesn’t want to overpromise and underdeliver, instead he’s aiming to do the opposite. I’d rather he promises less and actually does it, and then tries to do more, than gets in on a fairy tale then screws us all.

  3. Increase Housing Benefit to the median of market rents where a need can be proved, otherwise disabled cannot afford suitable homes to meet complex needs , no matter whether or not they are entitled to a spare room – rent in the private sector is Not affordable at a third of market rates and leaves disabled condemned to worst housing stock and no quality of life!

  4. DLA turning in to PIP is the biggest nightmare. Unless Labour reverses that we will be living with the same old Tories after a Labour win. I don’t think they will reverse it, so I am not going to bother voting.

    • Not voting is exactly what the Tories want you to do, it increases the chance of them returning as the next government, whatever else you may not do, vote as your life, and many others depend on it

      • I might consider it if Labour gave me something to vote for. But it looks like all they are offering is what the Tories have just give, with a few nice slogans about how Labour cares.

      • Looks like the Tories are proposing a 30 billion cut in services, you know who will be paying that, us, not the rich, and labour are saying 1 billion in cuts, you take your pick but I think the labour proposals are a lot better for the poor, sick, disabled and older people who need care, as there wont be anything for us under a tory government

      • In which case, vote for a smaller party, at least then you’re sending a message that you won’t vote Labour or Tory, but would if they could persuade you. Enough people do this and it also sends the message that we’re not going to put up with it just being the second worst party getting into power each time, we’ve now got real choice.

      • My no vote sends a message. The message is, I have no respect for any of the parties. I did vote spoil once. My message was the swear words I wrote on the ballet paper. But I don’t think I’d bother this time round, no one is listening and no one cares.

      • Cuts are cuts.
        Let me put it this way.
        The Conservatives have just kicked me in the Testicles. It really hurt. Labour have asked for my vote, and have promised me they will kick me in just one of my testicles, and leave the other one alone. I don’t really think their alternative is worth voting for even if I believed them. But all politicians lie anyway so I kind of think it will be just as painful whoever wins the election.

        I am one of the people who felt the cuts worst. I have a child who has machines to breath for him. It means I have to stay up all night to make sure they he stays alive. Before the cuts people like me were entitled to three nights of sleep a week. A nurse would come so I could sleep. They cut that to two nights. And Labour have stated if they win things wont go back to the way they were. They will make further cuts. Whoever wins people like me have to endure further pain, even if what we are going through isn’t painful enough. If I had the time it takes to cast a vote to spare, I think I could make better use of it having a quick nap, then choosing amongst a bunch of people who have already promised to make my life a while lot worse, on the basis that some have stated they will make my life worse, just not as worse as the others.

      • I did, and I found they are no different to the Tories. I would say it is all the same shit, just different arseholes.

  5. What will you do about sending OAPs for
    medicals for their DLA to PIP? SOME OF US WILL BE 67 YEARS OLD IS THIS FAIR?

    • I agree it is not fair at all, I sand to loose my car as well as my income, the mad part is i will still be disabled

    • YOU CAN INSIST THEY COME TO YOU!ASATOS AND OR THEIR SUCCESSOR RUN FOR PROFIT YOU’LL PROBABLY BE PASSED WITHOUT A VISIT GET YOUR SOCIAL WORKER TO SPEAK TO THEM

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