The SNP in Government have made efforts to increase support for disabled people and to protect people from cruel and callous Tory policies – by rejecting the means-testing of disability benefits and by establishing a Disability Benefits Assessment Commission to provide recommendations and guidance on benefit eligibility.
This is in stark contrast with the Tory approach, which has stigmatised disabled people and removed motability vehicles from hundreds of vulnerable people.
The party’s manifesto for next month’s vote calls on the UK government to fully engage with the assessment by the UN of the UK’s implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and urges the UK government to implement the Convention in UK law.
Commenting, SNP candidate for Banff and Buchan Eilidh Whiteford said: “The Tory Government’s treatment of disabled people over the last few years has been absolutely disgusting – rather than look to offer people the support they need, they have sought to demonise and stigmatise some very vulnerable people just to save some money.
“The Tories should not be allowed to hide from their record in this election – and frankly we cannot go on with more cuts.
“While the Tories cut benefits such as Employment Support Allowance and take away people’s motability vehicles – vital lifelines for many people with physical disabilities – the SNP has always worked hard to protect the most vulnerable.
“In Government at Holyrood, the SNP is committed to using new powers being devolved to build a social security system based on the principles of fairness, dignity and respect.
“And at Westminster, SNP MPs will continue to stand up for the rights of disabled people against a disgraceful Tory onslaught – by calling for the reversal of benefit cuts, the end of their austerity agenda, and a review of the Personal Independence Payment scheme.
“We’ll also make sure more employers have equal pay audits, and demand the UK government implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland. Only then can we protect vulnerable people from the cruel and shameful Tory austerity agenda.”
Disclaimer: This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party. Headline chosen by Welfare Weekly.
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