Dawn Butler has thrown her full support behind Labour’s mini-manifesto aimed specifically at the 1,115,302 disabled people in London, of which over 20,000 live in Brent Central.
The manifesto includes pledges to:
- Toughen the law on disability hate crime
- Reform the Work Capability Assessment and introduce a specialist Work Support programme to help disabled people get back into work
- Abolish the Bedroom Tax, which has hit an estimated 29,000 disabled people in London
- Give teachers better training on working with children with disabilities
- Give mental health the same priority as physical health in the NHS
- Invite disabled people to sit on a government committee to develop disability policy
Rachel Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “Too many disabled Londoners feel let down by the Tories, left behind by the recovery and left out of public life. The Tories’ have failed to support disabled Londoners into work and their Work Capability Assessment has caused stress and anxiety.”
“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 give disabled people a greater voice in public life, and a greater role in shaping the policies that affect them,” Reeves concluded.
Dawn Butler said: “There are over 20,000 disabled people In Brent Central and they’re being abandoned by the current government. Policies such as the bedroom tax mean that, as always under the coalition, it’s the most vulnerable in society that are being hit the hardest.”
“And it’s not just the financial burden that’s increasing either,” Butler continued. “Disability hate-crime in London has increased by 15 per cent, and I’ve spoken to numerous disabled people in Brent who have suffered horrendous attacks. It’s simply not acceptable, and Labour will do something about it.”
To view the Labour manifesto aiming to create a better future for disabled people, click here: http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/a-better-future-for-disabled-people