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Where do Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’ – The Party Response

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!

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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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‘Rigorous impartiality’ – how #MayDUP deal breaks #GoodFridayAgreement

The Good Friday Agreement is now in peril because of Theresa May’s desire to stay in power, despite her calling a snap election, then losing the Majority she already had.
Then, by giving in to the DUP, she has now made the UK even more perilous for ordinary people – don’t forget, she’s got plenty of money to pay security firms to keep her safe, unlike ordinary working people!
Not only that, after agreeing to a whopping 11% pay rise for MP’s, the Tories and the DUP voted against any pay rise for our Nurses and Doctors, our Police and Fire Brigade – this sickens me beyond telling.
All of this, just so the Tories can stay in power!

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So, the Tories have – finally – reached an agreement with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). It’s a deal that costs us – British taxpayers – a billion pounds.

The biggest involuntary party-political donation in history.

It’s also a deal that breaks the 20-year-old Good Friday Agreement, threatening the increasingly fragile Northern Irish peace process, because of the centrality to that agreement of ‘rigorous impartiality’ on the part of the British government.

The so-called Good Friday Agreement (officially titled The Belfast Agreement) includes a firm and unequivocal commitment from all participants, including the British government:

gfa impartial.pngrigorous impartiality‘, ‘just and equal treatment of theidentity and ethos‘ of both nationalist and loyalist communities.

Not only does the mere fact of the existence of an agreement between the Tory government and the DUP breach the agreement (a legal challenge is already in preparation) –…

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