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Labour Manifesto for Disabled People 04 Jun 2017 11:46 #3013

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Over the last seven years disabled people have borne the brunt of the
cuts inflicted on them by the Conservative Government and the
Coalition before them.
The cuts have had a detrimental effect on the lives of disabled people, cutting
living standards and undermining their access to education, social care and to
Two years ago the United Nations (UN) convened a committee to investigate
state violations of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(UN CRPD). Last year the UN published their report and concluded that the
Conservative Government had committed ‘grave, systematic violations of the
rights of persons with disabilities.’
This is a damning indictment of the treatment of disabled people by the
Conservatives, one which shames us as a country.
We believe in a social model of disability, a society which removes the barriers
restricting opportunities and choices for disabled people. As such we will build
on the previous Labour government’s commitment to disabled people in 2009 as
signatories to the UN CRPD. A Labour government will incorporate the UN CRPD
into UK law.

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Labour Manifesto for Disabled People 06 Jun 2017 16:26 #3047

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Just read a few of the statements in this paper and it sounds refreshing. Scrap sanctions, scrap the work capability assessments (as we know them) and replace them with a more holistic approach and also scrap the bedroom tax. Those alone would get my vote for Labour and I know Labour need every vote this time to oust the Tories, but I`m SNP because I`m in Scotland and this has really torn me. The SNP also vow to do a lot for people out of work facing these same challenges and I know they are preparing a new social security programme for Scotland which is all good, but would the SNP have the powers to scrap sanctions and the other atrocities mentioned above? That, I don`t know and that`s my dilemma. The Scottish government have dragged their feet somewhat but they are trying. I just wish getting changes made happened that bit faster.

Labour are offering a real change in direction, but they have to win it to implement these changes. Lets keep everything crossed that they get in.
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