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Labour Manifesto #GE2017

Labour Party UK

Disability Wales have looked through the main political parties manifestos for the upcoming General Election on 8 June.

We have put together a summary of each parties policies regarding disability equality which you can see on the following pages.

This summarises the key Labour party pledges that are most relevant to disabled people.

Since there are a number of policy areas that are devolved to Wales, Welsh Labour have produced their own manifesto as well. This includes relevant commitments on disability that are in the UK Labour manifesto.

 

Education

A Labour government will deliver a strategy for children with special Educational Needs (SEN) based on inclusivity, and increase SEN more training for teachers and non-teaching staff.

 

Employment

Labour will set targets to increase apprenticeships for disabled people and look to expand the Access to Work Scheme.

 

Equality and Human rights

  • Labour will adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled people (UNCRDP) into UK law.
  • Labour will strengthen access to justice for disabled people by enhancing the 2010 Equality Act, enabling discrimination at work to be challenged. Disability hate crime and violence against disabled women will be reported annually, with national actions plans to address these issues.
  • Labour will legislate to make terminal illness a protected characteristic under the Equality Act.
  • Labour have committed to will work with employers, trade unions and public services to improve awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace and in society.
  • The next Labour government will also introduce legislation to give legal status to BSL through an Act of Parliament.

 

Social Security

  • Labour will issue a new Social Security Bill published within the first year in office. The Bill will: Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group, and reverse cuts in the Universal Credit limited capacity for work element.
  • Carer’s Allowance will be increased by £11 per week to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.
  • Ensure that mental health conditions and physical health are given equal recognition under eligibility rules for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • Labour would end the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments, replacing them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides disabled people with individual plans.
  • Labour will end the privatisation of assessments and will end the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.

 

Transport

  • Legal duties will be introduced to improve accessibility for disabled people.
  • Labour will stop the expansion of driver-only operation on board trains.
  • Guards are essential for allowing disabled passengers access to trains.
  • Labour will reverse the cut to the funding to the Access to All programme, which was set up to improve accessibility to all of Britain’s railway stations.

 

Sport

Sporting events must be open and accessible to all. Labour will push sports authorities to make rapid improvements on access provision for disabled fans.

 

General comments on disability

Labour supports a social model of disability explaining that we need to remove the barriers in society that restrict opportunities and choices for disabled people.

Labour produced a Disability Manifesto: “Nothing about you, without you” – for more detail on their pledges follow the link:

http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/manifesto-for-disabled-people.PDF

 

Accessible Manifesto

Audio: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/accessible-manifesto#manifesto-Summary

Easy read: http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/Images/manifesto-2017/LabourManifestoEASYREAD.pdf

Key manifesto pledges in Sign Supported English: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/accessible-manifesto

 

Full Labour Manifesto:

http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017