Mar 162015
 

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The UNCRPD and our human and civil rights must be fully implemented, promoted and enforced.

Disabled people are affected by the cuts 9 times more than everybody else. The most severely disabled people are affected by the cuts 19 times more than everybody else. This discrimination against disabled people must end.

Disabled people are affected by the cuts 9 times more than everybody else. The most severely disabled people are affected by the cuts 19 times more than everybody else. This discrimination against disabled people must end.

Manifesto Pledges we are seeking from Parties

A Legal Right to Independent Living and Self-Determination:

The creation of a specific independent living law: a legal right that fully enacts and enforces, as domestic law, the UNCRPD incorporating the 12 pillars of independent living as its key goals and ensures provision of independent living support is free at the point of need and paid from general taxation.

There should be a single nationally transportable social care system and an end to localism and the current postcode lottery that exists. Funding for care should return to a 4 tier rather then a 2 tier system with low and moderate needs being met for all as well as substantial and critical.

Stop the closure of the cost effective Independent Living Fund (ILF) and set up an Independent living task force, co-produced with ILF users, to review independent living and specifically the Independent Living Fund in order to identify how best to improve, develop and extend independent living support building on the successful model of ILF provision.

Legislation to end 15 minute home care visits and any move to replace face-to-face visits with telecare options.

An end to zero hour contracts for home care staff.

Serious changes should be made to how family carers are better supported both financially and practically.

Access to Health and Support Services: NHS funding must be protected and all forms of privatisation of our NHS should end with immediate effect.

Funding for mental health services including crisis teams should be protected and where necessary increased to former and safer levels. There should be an end of rationing of primary MH care services and treatment tailored to needs.

More funding investment is needed for children’s adolescent mental health services.

GP and nurse training should include compulsory training on mental health conditions and treatment.

There must be changes made to the Mental Capacity Act which is failing people it is supposed to protect. The Best Interests concept means that substitute decision making has become the default position rather than supporting people who are disabled or have Learning Difficulties to make their own decisions.

Welfare Support : There must be a publicly run welfare system and an end to paying private firms massive amounts of public money to carry out disability assessments badly. Instead that money should be invested into providing decent, liveable benefit levels.

An end to the Work Capability Assessment which is too flawed to amend.

An immediate end to benefit sanctions which have led to deaths and increasing poverty. Ensure that there is no conditionality of JSA or ESA WRAG on seeking treatments and no linkage with treatment and receipt of benefits.

Engagement with any back to work services must be optional for all claimants.

An end to replacing Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments which even now is in complete chaos.

A total rethink on any move to Universal Credit and instead serious consideration to be given working with disabled people and DPOs to a move to a single system of welfare support based on the concept of a disabled person’s citizens income.

Policy recognition that there will always be disabled people who are unable or too ill to work. These individuals must be supported by a publically funded system.

Housing: A strategic and sustained programme of building social housing to the standards of universal design and accessibility is carried out.

An end to bedroom tax and the Benefit Cap.

Until there are adequate levels of social housing available an increase in LHA rates to fully reflect the real costs of housing to meet the needs of disabled people and disabled children.

Access, Inclusion and taking part in society: The creation of legal status for British Sign Language, and disabled people’s access on an equal basis with others to the physical environment, to transportation, justice, family life, the arts, to accessible information and all forms of information technology.

Enact and maintain a fully accessible public transport system with free transport available for disabled people.

Fully Inclusive Education: Education is the key to creating an inclusive society. This can only be achieved by having one fully inclusive mainstream education system, funded by the state. Without inclusive education you will not get an inclusive society

Planned cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowance should be reversed

All Disabled People have a right to Work and get a Job:

A comprehensive plan of action is developed with disabled people and our organisations to tackle the discrimination and exclusion disabled people face in work and employment.

Access to Work (AtW) must be extended to include unpaid voluntary positions and recent changes that limit and reduce the support provided through AtW should be reversed.

The recently introduced (August 2013) fees for taking an employer to Employment Tribunal must be repealed.

Ensure that all government contracts, at a national, regional and local level, are only awarded to companies that are fulfilling measurable targets for the employment of disabled people.

Access to Justice: All legal aid changes must be repealed and disabled people’s rights to access justice must be restored.

Disability Hate Crime laws and sentencing must be strengthened.

Reversal of the watering down of disabled people’s rights with the move from DDA to the Equality Act.

Restoration of funding for advice advocacy services such as CABs.

Legislation to prevent assisted dying.

Local Authority Statutory Services: There must be no redefining of Local Authority Statutory Services to reduce their obligations even further.

Real and Effective Co-Production with user-led Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations across the UK: Ensure meaningful, well-resourced and accessible co-production with disabled people and their organisations at local, regional and national levels on all issues affecting us.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

www.dpac.uk.net

mail@dpac.uk.net

@dis_ppl_protest

The above come from the UK Disabled Peoples Manifesto

Full manifesto, summary of manifesto and Easy Read versions are available in both PDF and Word version.

UK Disabled People’s Manifesto – Reclaiming Our Futures. PDF

Download Easy Read versions below

Easy Read versionas are below in both PDF and Word versions.

UK disabled people’s manifesto – Easy Read. PDF

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  7 Responses to “Manifesto”

  1. While reading the DPAC election manifesto I was struck by how close it is to the Green Party manifesto. All I can do as a candidate standing for the Greens is to ask people to read them and compare them with other parties. Here are the links to the manifesto and policies on disability.
    https://www.greenparty.org.uk/we-stand-for/2015-manifesto.html
    http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/dy.html
    One policy that may cause concern is on assisted dying, which is totally understandable. This is mainly seen as a totally voluntary option for those individuals that are terminally ill and want to avoid the pain and distress of a long drawn out death. This would only be enacted given stringent safeguards as set out below.
    HE526 Assisted death presents moral and legal concerns to health care professionals and the public. We believe that people have a right to an assisted death within the following framework:
    • The appointment of an independent advocate must be made when either diagnosis of terminal illness is made or the person receiving care expresses the desire to end their life
    • Counselling must always be offered to every patient considering an assisted death
    • Alternatives, such as palliative care must be discussed with the patient
    • The patient’s ability to make the decision must be established by joint assessment of two independent doctors, one of whom should ordinarily be the patient’s GP, unless impractical in the circumstances, in which case it may be the patient’s medical consultant, one of which must be a psychiatrist and a third independent registered health or social care professional who has undertaken approved training in this area and who has no prior knowledge of the patient.
    • This decision must take into account evidence provided by the independent advocate.
    • Treatable illnesses that may impinge upon the decision making ability, e.g. depression, must be treated and excluded from the rationale for requesting an assisted death
    • The patient has the right to appoint individuals either during or prior to the process who will have access to their medical and other records and whom they wish to be involved in discussions
    • The patient’s informed consent must be clearly documented, full discussion of the outcomes of both the illness and the assisted death must also be provided in a language and form understandable to the patient
    • The patient’s close family should be involved in all discussions
    • There should normally be a waiting period of at least 7 days, set by local policy, for the patient to reflect on their decision.
    • Patients could orally revoke the request at any point
    • Healthcare professionals can refuse to be party to any stage of assisted deaths for their own moral reasons
    • Assisted death will be notifiable
    I hope this will aid peoples knowledge and help their decision making.
    David Herbert
    Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Jarrow in the General Election
    E: david.herbert@southtyneside.greenparty.org.uk
    T: @davidherbertst
    F: David Herbert for Jarrow MP

  2. Oh really the Greens have better policies for disabled people – whilst they support DP’s campaign for keeping the ILF – in the meanwhile they have adopted an assisted dying policy – this goes against NDY’s and DPAC’s campaign to resist any attempt to legalise assisted dying. NDY is a sister campaigning organisation which DPAC says it supports.

    We really need to move away from aligning ourselves to a particular political party – we will find ourselves at odds with other disabled peoples lead campaigns. If we get too close to the Greens then we lose sight of the continued need to challenge their assisted dying policy in solidarity of disabled people who are resisting any attempt to introduce assisted dying policies via NDY. The only time that DPAC should endorse a political party or a politation is when they have signed up to the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities (in the full and glory), supported 12 pillars for independent living etc – in other words only when they support all our rights and passed by a motion at conference. . If we do not take such a stance then we are going to be in danger of being in conflict with sister and brother disabled peoples lead campaigns . For example I see DPAC;s position of supporting the Greens is at odds with supporting NDY’s position on assisted dying – I speak as a member of NDY and DPAC. I am deeply worried about this – we really need to keep our distance to make sure that DPAC does not find itself in conflict with our lead disabled peoples campaigns – I have started to see this already happening and its deeply worrying – our first and foremost priority is to be supportive of all disabled peoples campaigns that underpin the social model of disability. We can only do this if we remain principled – that being we only support a political party or endorse a politation if they support all our rights not ones that will get them votes at the General Elections. Oh I should also say I am a Green Party member hanging by a thread and former disabled persons spokesperson. .

    • DPAC has not aligned itself with the Greens or any mainstream political party-none are offering disabled people what they need

  3. Oh really the Greens have better policies for disabled people – whilst they support DP’s campaign for keeping the ILF – in the meanwhile they have adopted an assisted dying policy – this goes against NDY’s and DPAC’s campaign to resist any attempt to legalise assisted dying. NDY is a sister campaigning organisation which DPAC says it supports.

    We really need to move away from aligning ourselves to a particular political party – we will find ourselves at odds with other disabled peoples lead campaigns. If we get too close to the Greens then we loose sight of the continued need to challenge their assisted dying policy in solidality of disabled people who are resisting any attempt to introduce assisted dying policies via NDY. The only time that DPAC should endorse a political party or a politation is when they have signed up to the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities (in the full and glory), supported 12 pilliars for independent living etc – in other words only when they support all our rights and passed by a motion at conference. . If we do not take such a stance then we are going to be in danger of being in conflict with sister and brother disabled peoples lead campaigns . For example I see DPAC;s position of supporting the Greens is at odds with supporting NDY’s position on assisted dying – I speak as a member of NDY and DPAC. I am deeply worried about this – we really need to keep our distance to make sure that DPAC does not find itself in conflict with our lead disabled peoples campaigns – I have started to see this already happening and its deeply worrying – our first and foremost priority is to be supportive of all disabled peoples campaigns that underpin the social model of disability. We can only do this if we remain principled – that being we only support a political party or endorce a politation if they support all our rights not ones that will get them votes at the General Elections. Oh I should also say I am a Green Party member hanging by a thread and former disabled persons spokesperson. .

    • DPAC is against the Assisted Suicide bill and have campaigned online and in person on the street against it

  4. You have omitted to mention the SNP,Green Party and Plaid.
    All of which have better policies for disabled people.

  5. There are around 11 million disabled people, which include the 40 per cent of the over 50s.

    There are 1 million people aged 60-64 only on some kind of welfare, that include disability benefit being lost more and more.

    In England, there are many marginal voting areas with sitting MPs, where the poor, of all ages, able bodied or disabled / chronic sick, now outnumber all other voters.

    The so-called big parties will not get sufficient to rule government, even with a partner party, in the predicted most severe hung parliament in UK history. The Lib Dems are the gone party.

    Universal Credit, PIP from DLA and the flat rate state pension will all mean people of all ages
    hitting nil food money more and more.

    The poor, unlike all other income levels, will be home,
    whereas folk with good job money will be away from home on holiday
    during the May Bank Holiday Week.
    Charter flights are usually Sunday to Sunday.

    Especially Cornwall has single figure majorities only of the sitting MPs, and a little party called
    Mebyon Kernow is running in all Cornwall’s voting areas.

    The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is running over 122 MP candidates.
    They are ex Labour MPs and councillors and trade unioni stewards an branch stewards in amongst their number, who expelled or left Labour as are against austerity cuts.

    Socialist party of Great Britain (Socialist GB)
    The Greens have their 1 MP in Brighton,
    but Brighton has 3 voting areas.

    Brighton Kempton has a Socialsit GB candidate.

    These parties are getting nil media coverage and would help the poor disabled, whereas no party in the media eye will.

    A group of parties gaining between them 323 MPs could form a majority and stable government, whereas no big party can achieve that this year. A coalition does not need to be just 2 parties, as this works all over the world.

    See more and these different party logos to put your pencil cross against on 7 May at:

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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