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Disabled campaigners are right about the devastating impact of the welfare reform bill

22 Nov 2011

Citizens Advice Scotland have backed disabled campaigners who told MSPs today that many people are ‘suicidal’ and ‘terrified’ about the impact of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Citizens Advice Scotland have backed disabled campaigners who told MSPs today that many people are ‘suicidal’ and ‘terrified’ about the impact of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Following the meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Health committee, CAS spokesman Matt Lancashire said,

“Disabled people in Scotland are set to lose £1billion in welfare support in the next five years as a result of this Bill. These are the most vulnerable people in our communities. Many of them are already struggling on very low incomes. These further cuts will be frankly devastating for many of them.

“The CAB service in Scotland is the lifeline for many of those who are worst affected by these changes, so we are already seeing a very clear picture of the impact the changes are having on the ground.

“The language used by the campaigners at the committee today was certainly shocking, but it is supported by the evidence we see every day. It was a fair and accurate portrayal of how things are, and MSPs need to understand that.

“Sick and disabled Scots are having their benefits re-assessed by a system which has been shown to be deeply flawed, and which is issuing thousands of wrong judgements. Meanwhile the radical changes to Housing Benefit will have a disproportionate impact on disabled people.”

CAS have argued that this Bill’s impact on Scotland will be so great the that Scottish Parliament needs to establish a special committee dedicated to scrutinising it.

Last month CAS published a report on the impact of the bill in Scotland. You can download the report from the link at the bottom of this page.

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