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TOPIC: Most people say Labour have the most humane welfare policies – but only just

Most people say Labour have the most humane welfare policies – but only just 08 Jan 2019 00:24 #12657

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Exclusive: There is also strong support among benefit claimants for the SNP's approach to social security.

The majority of people, including benefit claimants, believe the Labour Party has the most human approach to social security benefits, Welfare Weekly can reveal.

Our exclusive poll surveyed the opinion of thousands of Twitter users, and the results should serve as wake up call to politicians from across the political divide about how the public perceive their treatment of the poor and vulnerable.

Our poll found that 49% of respondents felt the Labour Party has the most humane approach to welfare policy, with only 2% backing the Conservatives and a further 2% siding with the Liberal Democrats.

However, Labour should not rest on their laurels because the Scottish National Party (SNP) are just two percentage points behind on 47%.

Unfortunately, we were unable to include other political parties in the poll because Twitter only allows for a maximum of four options.

Strong support for the SNP may be partly due to the fact they are in government, and have already introduced some progressive welfare policies such as increasing carer’s benefits and all but abolishing the hated ‘bedroom tax’ north of the border.

But if Labour wish to convince peole of their commitment to improving the lives of the poor – the lives of disabled people in particular – then they will need to demonstrate a willingness and solid commitment to reversing most (if not all) welfare cuts and changes introduced since 2012.

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