13 June 2017
Academics Stand Against Poverty have analysed the policies in the 2017 manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats across 12 key topics.

Hannah Morgan and Chris Grover have looked specifically at disability. 

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international association focused on helping researchers, students and teachers enhance their impact on poverty.

It does so by:

a) advancing collaboration among poverty-focused academics, with an emphasis on South-North connections;

b) promoting effective outreach to policy makers and broader public audiences, and

c) helping academics pursue applied research and intervention projects as well as campaigns on specific issues.

This year ASAP have focused only on the manifestos of the Conservative Party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. This decision was partly driven by the timings of the release of each manifesto, but we believe it is a useful exercise to compare these three parties in particular. Although the SNP has, and is likely to retain, more seats than the Lib Dems, a combination of the 2015 election results and recent polls 

You can read the full Audit here 

In Addition to the audit by ASAP Hannah and Chris have also written an extended piece including Green, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party. You can read this here

Some of the conclusions made by our academics are as follows:

  • The Lib Dem and Labour manifestos are most likely to relieve disabled people’s poverty and other barriers to their flourishing.
  • Labour offer the most comprehensive response to disabled people’s needs and demonstrate the greatest commitment to their rights - followed by the Lib Dems, then the Conservatives.
  • Plaid Cymru and SNP make very limited reference to disability.
  • Similarly Liberal Democrats and Greens don’t talk about disability very much but their wider commitments to human rights and social justice imply greater benefits for disabled people.