Ogmore MP Chris Elmore launched a scathing attack on the UK Government’s welfare policies for disabled people and called on ministers to stop “pushing them further into poverty”.
In Parliament, Chris asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Mel Stride MP, for an urgent debate on the Disability Benefits Consortium’s recent report which found that disabled people have lost £1,200 on average each year as a result of the government’s welfare policies.
Chris attended the launch of the report at an event in Parliament earlier this month and spoke with disability rights campaigners about the urgent need to take action to address the falling living standards of many disabled people across the UK.
Disability benefit spending has reduced by over £5 billion over the last decade, which the UN’s Special Rappoteur described as a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in 2017.
Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said:
“Theresa May might have left office but the burning injustices she completely failed to address while she was Prime Minister continue to endure.
“The lives of many disabled people across our country have been utterly devastated by almost a decade of Tory austerity.
“It’s time we had some much-needed dignity put back into our welfare system, rather than continuing to impose the burden of austerity on the shoulders of those who can least afford it.
“A society is defined by how well we look after the most vulnerable. Against this measure, the Tories have once again shown that the days of Thatcherism remain alive and well.”
In response to Chris’ concerns, the Leader of the House suggested that he apply for an Adjournment Debate.