DISABLED People Against Cuts (DPAC) co-founder Bob Williams-Findlay highlighted at the weekend the victory achieved by disabled campaigners in ending the application of the work capability assessment to the chronically ill and disabled.
But he reminded delegates to the People’s Conference that the most punitive benefit sanctions were still in force.
He said: “This government has killed disabled people.”
The climbdown announced by Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green on the eve of Tory Party conference was welcomed by former leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett as further evidence that the left was winning the arguments against the Tory benefits regime.
It follows the announcement by shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams that Labour would scrap the punishing assessments once in power.
Ms Abrahams said Labour welcomed Mr Green’s concession, which means the incurably ill or disabled will no longer be forced to undergo fit for work checks every six months.
But she warned: “While the end to repeated assessments will be a relief to those that have been affected … too many sick and disabled people will remain subject to this harmful, ineffective assessment.
“We will continue to push the Tories for a better deal for disabled people,” she said.
The conference also pledged support for DPAC West Midlands’s day of action at the Tory Party conference today.