No denial from party
The Labour party has not conducted any assessment of the impact of its continuation of Tory austerity on vulnerable people in the UK, according to party sources spoken to by Skwawkbox.
Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves have said that they will not increase spending to reverse thirteen years of Tory cuts and instead have announced a ‘mission’ to ‘grow the economy’ before any improvements can be funded – the same language and false logic used by the Tories to justify austerity. Starmer has also said that he will continue the brutal ‘two-child benefit cap’ that has pushed hundreds of thousands of children into poverty, even though it would actually be much cheaper for the country to abolish it.
Skwawkbox asked Labour to confirm whether it had undertaken an impact assessment of its planned policies on life expectancy and mortality rates and if so to provide details. The party did not respond.
Tory austerity has seen huge increases in rates of suicide and attempted suicide among disabled and mentally ill people – a 2018 study found that almost half of disability benefit claimants have attempted suicide under the Tory conditionality and fitness regime and its punitive treatment of disabled people. Austerity has also been linked directly to over 300,000 excess deaths and to reductions in UK life expectancy.
The United Nations has condemned the UK’s treatment of disabled people and those with mental health problems in 2016 and 2017 as a ‘human catastrophe’ – and the EHRC last month submitted a further report to the UN condemning the government’s discrimination against the vulnerable.
Now Labour’s red-Tory policies are creating terror among vulnerable communities because they mean an extension of the fiscal programme that has seen a sharp increase in deaths, as mental health campaigner Jessica Turtle explained:
Her comment was echoed by respondents:
The realisation that a Starmer government will mean the continuation of Tory government is spreading.
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