Labour has pledged to:
- Toughen up the law on disability hate crime
- Reform the Work Capability Assessment and introduce a specialist Work Support programme to provide tailored support to help disabled people get back into work
- Abolish the Bedroom Tax, which has hit an estimated 45,385 disabled people in the North West
- Give teachers better training on working with children with disabilities or special educational needs
- Give mental health the same priority as physical health on the NHS, giving people the same rights to psychological therapies as they have to drugs and medical treatment
- Invite disabled people to sit on a governmental committee that develops disability policy
Labour has published ONS figures which show the key role disabled people will play in deciding the outcome of the 2015 General Election. In Lancaster and Fleetwood, there are more disabled people, 16,519, than the majority at the 2010 General Election, 333.
Too many disabled people feel let down by the Tories, left behind by the recovery and left out of public life. The Tories’ have failed to support disabled people back into work, their Work Capability Assessment has caused stress and anxiety, and their Bedroom Tax has pushed disabled people into debt. Meanwhile disability hate-crime is on the increase.
Labour has a better plan for disabled people. We have listened to disabled people and this manifesto outlines our commitment to their full inclusion and participation in all aspects of our society. We will scrap the Bedroom Tax, making hundreds of thousands of disabled people better off. We will reform the Work Capability Assessment and give disabled people the right support to get back into work. And we will give disabled people a greater voice in public life, and a greater role in shaping the policies that affect them.