Labour set to overhaul PIP and Universal Credit after election victory

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The country's principal disability benefit Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is poised for substantial overhauls under the newly elected Labour government. Following their resounding victory on Thursday, which granted them a significant majority in Parliament, the party is expected to start implementing their manifesto promises.

While specifics of the welfare reforms were not disclosed during the election campaign, it is understood that PIP and Universal Credit are top of the agenda. Labour MP Alison McGovern previously indicated "big changes" are needed within our welfare system.

She further noted that improvements concerning PIP should focus on ensuring accurate assessment decisions and tackling the growing backlog of claimants.

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The manifesto outlines: "Our system will be underpinned by rights and responsibilities people who can work, should work and there will be consequences for those who do not fulfil their obligations. Long waits for treatment of health conditions, particularly mental health, are contributing to the rise in economic inactivity. Labour will reform employment support so it drives growth and opportunity."

The Labour party has pledged to prioritise the integration of benefit recipients into the workforce, with a commitment to "work with local areas" to improve support during this period. Their manifesto outlines an initiative to tackle the backlog of Access to Work applications, aiming to ensure that disabled individuals can seek employment without the risk of losing benefits if their attempts are unsuccessful, reports Teesside Live.

"We believe the Work Capability Assessment is not working and needs to be reformed or replaced, alongside a proper plan to support disabled people to work."

Meanwhile, the Conservative party has been clear about their plans for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reform, suggesting a move away from cash benefits to a system involving vouchers, treatments, and shopping schemes. This proposal was met with significant opposition in the run-up to the election.

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