What the Tories wrote about disability in 2010, prior to being elected

by richardhutton

As unearthed by one of Sue Marsh’s readers:

“As disabled people themselves are best placed to judge how to meet their care needs, we will preserve Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance as cash benefits, which can be used to support family care and costs arising from their disability. ”

Disability Living Allowance Mobility Component for blind people the current rules for people claiming the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance mean that it is only available to people who are physically unable to walk. This is unfair to visually impaired people as they too face mobility difficulties. While the law has now been altered to enable these rules to be changed, it is still not a reality for people with no useful sight for orientation purposes. We will implement this change to help support people with visual impairments to live more independently”

And:

“A Conservative government will tackle the stigma and prejudice that still persists towards disabled people, particularly those with mental ill-health.”

“people who cannot work because of a disability or illness should never be forced to work, and will continue to receive unconditional support through the benefits system…

We will make sure that Jobcentre Plus more effectively supports carers who want to move into paid work, and will promote the
right to request flexible working to ensure that every person that cares for someone else can manage their career and caring responsibilities in the best possible way…

there are ways in which we can make life a lot simpler for parents of disabled children

We will keep Child Trust Funds for disabled children…

From ‘Our contract for equalities, 2010′.

 

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