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October 24
Hundreds turn out to show their support for the Hardest Hit

On Saturday (22 October) hundreds of people from across Scotland gathered at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh to protest against UK Government proposals to cut disability benefits.

The demonstration was part of a number of events on the same day across the UK to stress the anxiety felt by many disabled people and their parents and carers about the Welfare Reform Bill and, in particular, proposals to cut 20% of Disability Living Allowance.  

Official estimates suggest that around 1,000 people attended the rally organised by Disability Agenda Scotland, the Disability Benefits Consortium and other disability organisations.  ENABLE Scotland supported the event as a member of Disability Agenda Scotland.

Speakers, including Paul McCann of ENABLE Scotland’s Helensburgh ACE group, warned that disabled people will be amongst the worst affected by cuts to their support.  Paul told the rally, “People with learning disabilities face so many barriers to our independence, we want to work and take part in society, but these reforms will just create another barrier”.
Other speakers on the day were Iain Gray MSP, Margaret Burgess MSP, Crossbench peer Lord Low, Barbara Farmer of the STUC’s Disabled Workers Committee, Shona McInally of the Redhall Horticultural Mental Health Service and Jay Wakefield of NUS Scotland – all of whom lent their support to the campaign.  Pam Duncan of Inclusion Scotland chaired the event.
Pictures in this article published with the permission of the photographer Chris O’Sullivan.  Click here to see more of his pictures from the day.

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