Theresa May has pledged to “build on the proud Conservative record of supporting those with disabilities”, referencing the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. This is despite disabled people being the most adversely affected by seven years of Tory cuts. Its manifesto states that the party wishes for attitudes to disabled people to shift “as they have for race, gender, and sexuality in recent years.” But there’s no detail about how it would facilitate this. Under the banner of “confronting burning injustices”, it commits to getting another one million disabled people into work over the next decade, seemingly abandoning the longstanding target to halve the disability employment gap – while working with energy firms to reduce the extra costs disability can incur.. There’s also extensive promises to help people with mental health problems, from a new mental health bill (without costings) to reforming legal protections for workers.
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