The Labour Party wants to scrap PIP assessments and Universal Credit and wants to bring them in-house, what does this mean?
I previously argued based on a report from Demos that the ill and disabled should be handled in-house by the Department of Health and Social Care which is a Government body that works closely with the NHS, however what does the Labour Party mean by in-house?
Well, first of all, the Labour Party wants to get rid of the private outsourcing of ATOS, Capita and Maximus who were put in place to carry out PIP assessments and falsely find ill or disabled people fit for work, secondly Labour wants to abolish the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) and replace the DWP with the DSS (Department for Social Security) due to the DWP having a bad name which people have lost trust in. Labour claims the DSS will provide real security.
So what is the DSS? The DSS is a currently defunct Government department which preceded the DWP. During 2001, Tony Blair’s Government largely replaced the DSS with the DWP, with the other responsibilities assumed by the Treasury and MoD (Ministry of Defense).
What is Labour’s vision of a future DSS? Labour’s vision of a future DSS is a department which will be there to help and support people, not punish and police them.
Labour also wants to scrap the Tories’ flagship social security programme, Universal Credit (UC) which has pushed thousands of people into poverty. Labour said they will stop people from moving onto Universal Credit and design an alternative system that treats people with dignity and respect, whilst providing an emergency package to help and support those currently on Universal Credit while the alternative system is designed and put in place.