The Labour Party has a website where any Party member can review comments and make submission to Policy for both the Party itself and, perhaps more importantly, to inform the Manifesto for the 2015 Election.
There are eight areas for Policy Commission and unfortunately within this NO reference to how Labour plans to manage the Economy to ensure adequate provision and support for chronically sick and disabled people.
To this end, in partnership with the people responsible for the WOW Petition I have submitted the following to the Work & Business Policy section for consideration.
In 2015 Labour could inherit a Welfare State decimated by Cuts and legislation; whilst understanding it is not possible to immediately rebuild such it is imperative that Labour recognises and provides for this people unable to work through poor health and, or, disability.
Building on the “Making Rights a Reality” Paper published by the Shadow Work & Pensions Team, and the e-petiitions – “pat’s petition & WOW; supported by thousands of people throughout the UK,we call upon the Labour Party to commit to :
An immediate Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers;
A free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.
An immediate end to the current Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association, to be replaced by a fair assessment based upon individual need and not budgets
Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people,
An end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.
An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to: (1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures; (2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit; (3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service.
A resumption of disability benefits to a recognised level, allowing for the extra costs incurred by recipients of such.
What can you do to support this?
Visit http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/ – search welfare disability, and comment on the Support The Most Vulnerable submission
Visit http://wowpetition.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/open-letter-to-liam-byrne-will-labour.html For the latest updates on WOW
Sign up to WOW Petition – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154
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