So finally we have the truth, or at least some of it. Pensioners, sick and disabled people, the young unemployed and the poorest families will all face unprecedented attacks should Labour win the next election.
In their election manifesto released today Labour have pledged to scrap benefits completely for 18-21 year olds by introducing some form of mass YTS or workfare scheme. They will force huge numbers of older unemployed people into compulsory training – by which they probably mean workfare – and the rest into their shit workfare plus a sandwich scheme. They also want to lower the benefit cap in some parts of the country, meaning that the soaring homelessness caused by the policy in London will be extended to other cities.
They will keep the despised Work Capability Assessment, possibly making it worse with the ominous threat of it becoming even more work focussed. This will come with a new, no doubt mandatory ‘support programme’ for sick and disabled claimants – by which they probably mean workfare. There are no plans to halt the closure of the Independent Living Fund, reverse the atrocious reforms to Council Tax Benefits, scrap or even reduce benefit sanctions and they think Universal Credit is a good idea in priniciple.
Benefit spending overall will be capped. Child Benefits will face a real term cut and some pensioners will lose winter fuel payments. The pension age will be raised even further meaning more people working till they die.
This is the fucking Labour Party in 2015. Every bit as intent on punishing the poorest as the Tories. If the Labour Party win next month then don’t be ordinary, don’t be young, don’t fall ill and don’t be old. Because Ed Miliband could not give anymore of a shit about the poor than Iain Duncan Smith.
You can read the manifesto at: http://www.labour.org.uk/manifesto
Above pic from Class War, standing 8 candidates, who want to double the dole and pay for it by soaking the rich. Who would you rather vote for?
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