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What does a yes or no vote mean for disabled people in Scotland?

Posted on: August 19, 2014

As a disabled person living in Scotland, I have to disagree with Anne. If we stay as we are in the UK, then we will lose our NHS, just like in England and this would put terrible pressure on disabled people.
I would rather take the chance with Yes than get this lot of evil conservatives back into power for another five years. The death toll would be horrendous, or would they have made us a scourge on the country and killed us all?
I’m voting Yes!

Dame Anne Begg

A recent survey found that almost three-quarters of people living with a disability in Scotland feel that their voice has not been heard in the referendum debate so far.

DSCN6709Fears about the ongoing reform of the welfare system, their ability to live independently, and the social care support on offer were the most pressing concerns given by those questioned in the survey.

Therefore, Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) – a consortium of Scotland’s leading disability charities that cover everything from sensory loss to physical disability, learning disability and mental health organised a hustings to consider the question: What does a yes or no vote mean for disabled people in Scotland?

Anne appeared on the panel on behalf of Better Together. In delivering the opening statement, she spoke of the need to achieve social justice and civil rights for disabled people across the UK.

DSCN6706She highlighted that the Tory/Lib Dem welfare reforms…

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