General election 2019: What’s Pledged For Disability And Mental Health ?

 

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By Damon Rose & Beth Rose in BBC News.

 

With 13 million disabled people in the country, plus their friends and family, the political parties have a huge community to court.

Universal credit is still making headlines, while the main parties are divided on what to do with the social care system. So what is being offered to disabled voters?

Benefits

The Conservatives want to continue the rollout of universal credit – the controversial six-in-one benefit, which includes employment and housing support. The party also wants to increase work allowances, a change they’ve estimated to be worth £630 a year to disabled people. They also say they will reduce the number of reassessments disabled people will have to go through to receive benefits if their condition is unlikely to change.

Labour says it will “scrap UC” and “design an alternative system that treats people with dignity and respect” instead. It wants to “stop” those work capability and PIP Assessments that some people report to be upsetting to go through. It would increase Employment and Support Allowance by £30 per week for those who are disabled or have a health condition that affects how much they can work. It’s currently a maximum of £73.10 a week.

 

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