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General Election 2017: how will you be affected?

June 05, 2017

All of the main parties have now released their manifestos for the upcoming General Election on Thursday. We’ve summarised how some of the key policies outlined in the manifestos are likely to affect people with M.E., covering welfare, health and social care.

For M.E. Awareness Month, we asked if you would take a pledge to contact professionals, including parliamentary candidates, to raise awareness that #MEmatters. We have produced a template letter to download and send.

If you’re not sure whose running in your constituency, you can enter your postcode at Who Can I Vote For? to see your local candidates and find out how you can get in touch.

Conservative Party

  • No plans to undertake further welfare reform
  • Continue the roll-out of Universal Credit
  • Commitment to get 1 million more people with disabilities into employment over the next 10 years
  • Increase NHS spending by £8 billion over the next five years
  • Following the publication of the manifesto, the Conservatives additionally announced they plan to introduce a total cap on what an individual pays for care

Green Party

  • Take steps towards introducing a universal basic income
  • Major investment in social care
  • Roll back privatisation of NHS

Labour Party

  • Replace the current Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments with a process that is personalised to each individual, to result in a tailored plan that addresses the claimant’s unique barriers
  • End the use of sanctions against benefit claimants
  • Increase Employment and Support Allowance by £30 for those in the work-related activity group
  • Increase annual social care budget by £8billion for duration of the next Parliament, with an additional £1billion invested in the first year
  • Create a National Care Service with a shared requirement for single commissioning, partnership arrangements and pooled budgets
  • Ensure that those with a long-term condition have access to a specialised care plan and condition-management education

Liberal Democrats

  • Increase working-age benefits in line with inflation
  • Reverse cuts to Employment and Support Allowance for those in work-related activity group
  • Replace Work Capability Assessment with a new system that uses a ‘real world’ test
  • Introduce a cap to the cost of social care
  • Create a cross-party health and social care convention to review the long-term sustainability of finances and workforce, and how to bring about greater integration

Plaid Cymru

  • Propose that social security is devolved to Wales
  • Support and encourage disabled people into employment without facing threats of sanctions
  • Introduce a social care rescue plan to help people live independently and increase the role of community hospitals

Scottish National Party (SNP)

  • No means-testing for disability benefits
  • Reintroduce long-term awards for disability benefits for people with long-term conditions
  • Call for a halt to the Work Capability Assessment
  • Vote to ensure that benefits increase at least in line with CPI inflation
  • Call on the UK government to increase health spending per person in England to match the current rate in Scotland, which would increase the health budget by £11billion by 2022
  • Maintain and protect free personal and nursing care

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

  • Pledge to not cut disability benefits
  • Plans to reform Work Capability Assessments in consultations with disabled people and disabled charities, so that they accurately assess an individual’s barriers to employment and indicate what specialist employment support will be needed for those ready for work
  • Increase NHS spending by £9 billion a year by 2021/22m and social care spending by £2 billion
  • Establish a Department for Health and Care and create a sustainably-funded social care system assimilated into the NHS