Today (Wednesday 20th April) Shadow Leader of the House Angela Eagle meet with Lee Sherriff to launch Labour’s disability manifesto at Mencap in Carlisle. Mencap is campaigning to make the voices of disabled people and those that care for them heard at this election through their Hear my Voice campaign.
Labour today has pledged to:
- Toughen up the law on disability hate crime;
- Reform the Work Capability Assessment and introduce a specialist Work Support programme to provide tailored support to help disabled people get back into work;
- Abolish the Bedroom Tax, which has hit an estimated 45,385 disabled people in the North West;
- Give teachers better training on working with children with disabilities or special educational needs;
- Give mental health the same priority as physical health on the NHS, giving people the same rights to psychological therapies as they have to drugs and medical treatment;
- Invite disabled people to sit on a governmental committee that develops disability policy.
Labour has also published Office of National Statistics figures which show the key role disabled people will play in deciding the outcome of the 2015 General Election. In Carlisle one of three northern marginal constituencies, there are more disabled people than the majority at the 2010 General Election:
Carlisle – 853 (parliamentary majority), 16,565 (Number of disabled people)
Lee Sherriff, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Carlisle, said:
“As someone who works to support disabled people in our community, I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effect nasty policies such as the Bedroom Tax have had on those with specialist care needs.
“Labour has listened to disabled people, their families and those who support them. We will scrap the Bedroom Tax and put the laws and resources in place to stop disability hate crimes and better support those with a disability at all ages.
“After 5 years of nasty policies that removed confidence, hope and morale of the most vulnerable, disabled voters and their families in Carlisle now have a chance to vote for a Member of Parliament who will be on their side.”