Adam Thompson: Labour candidate for Amber Valley

Adam Thompson


Breaking down barriers - Labour's manifesto for the disabled

Over the last 10 years, through a catalogue of punitive welfare policies, the dignity of people with disabilities has been degraded by the Conservatives.

Poverty in families where someone is disabled has risen by over a million since 2010 and not one, but two, UN reports say the Tories have committed “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people – while their families have been “driven to breaking point” by cuts to social security.

Labour will end this cruelty, tackling stigma and discrimination and restoring the protections that disabled people and their families – many of whom shoulder the cost of their care – should expect in one of the richest countries in the world so that disabled people can participate fully and equally in our society.

“Breaking Down Barriers,” Labour’s manifesto for disabled people, sets out how a Labour Government will enforce the right of disabled people to live independent lives and be treated with respect by tackling the barriers disabled people face across work, education, healthcare and transport and break the link between poverty and disability with a £2.6 billion package to support disabled people:

  • Raise the basic rate of support for disabled children to the level of Child Tax Credits;
  • Introducing a self-care element into Universal Credit to support severely disabled people without a formal carer – the equivalent of the Severe Disability Premium;
  • Increase Employment and Support Allowance by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group; and
  • Increasing the Carer’s Allowance to the level of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.