I had such high hopes for Labour, once Jeremy Corbyn became leader, but the response Jayne Linnley got in a request to find out what the party will do for all those who are too disabled/ill to work, was a huge disappointment.
As it was Blaire’s Labour who opened the doors of the villifying of the disabled, I had hopes that Jeremy Coorbyn would stop all that, completely remove the WCA, and put the decision on who genuinely can and can’t work back to our Consultants and Doctors, who know us, and our health problems more intimately than the tick-box machinery in operation right now. I was hoping that they cared enough about us, to make sure those disabled and ill who lost their DLA in the changeover to PIP, would then get the treatment that they should have done, instead of being treated like criminals!
I know it’s going to be an uphill struggle to get our NHS, our Education services, our Emergency services, and everything else that was bled dry by the Tories, back to some kind of even keel – but I hoped for much more than a promise to tweak the WCA by ‘reforming’ it yet again!
As well as sending my letter asking Where Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’? to Kate Green, I also submitted it as a comment in to Labour.org; I received a reply from the Labour Party today –
Thank you for your email about Labour’s plans for social security reform.
Because of this Government’s economic failure, the next Labour government must start planning now for what will be a very difficult inheritance. David Cameron claims the economy is fixed, but the welfare bill is going up, not down. Long-term unemployment is up; the housing crisis is pushing up housing benefit spending; and the growing number of people earning less than a living wage is costing the taxpayer more in tax credits and other benefits.
One Nation Labour will get welfare spending back under control, but based on our values, not the Tories’ failed approach. That means tackling the underlying problems…
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