Vigil held in Edinburgh for people killed by Tories’ benefit cuts

TRAGIC victims of the Tory Government’s welfare cuts regime were remembered with a candlelight vigil in Edinburgh.

People with disabilities and campaigners gathered outside Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh City Chambers to pay tribute to dozens of people who have either taken their own lives or died as an alleged result of benefit cuts.

The event was hosted by Scottish disability campaign group Black Triangle as a mark of respect for those who have died, as part of Disability History Month Scotland, which runs until December 22.

Source: Vigil held in Edinburgh for people killed by Tories’ benefit cuts | News | The National

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5 Thoughts to “Vigil held in Edinburgh for people killed by Tories’ benefit cuts”

  1. Justice

    There is a new Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament called the “Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.

    Sheriffs in Scotland (as opposed to Coroners in England) can make recommendations on the prevention of future deaths, and to require all parties to explain what steps have been taken to address these recommendations. See this link here for more details:

    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_JusticeCommittee/FatalAccidentInquiriesinfographic.pdf

    What’s to stop the DWP being prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter after it is ruled that a death or suicide (of a known ill and vulnerable person) is the direct result of controversial benefit decisions and sanctions etc?

    Organisations – including government departments – are guilty of corporate manslaughter if the way in which their activities are managed or organised causes a person’s death, and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased.

    An organisation is guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed or organised by its senior management is a substantial element in the breach.

  2. Alan Parker

    Yet the SNP still won’t tell us there plans on new welfare powers ! Will they change the rules on medicals ? Raise Tax to increase DLA and PIP . The SNP are very good publicly ( quite rightly ) condemning welfare cuts medicals and suicide rates etc , but they refuse to tell Scot’s what there plans will be . When Scotland Bill completes , they can raise or create new taxes next April , they can also do this with disability benefits :

    • Control over benefits affecting some of the
    most vulnerable members of society will be
    devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

    • This includes things like Disability Living
    Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Attendance
    Allowance, Personal Independence Payment
    and industrial injuries benefits.

    • This means the Scottish Parliament will have
    wide-ranging powers to make provision for
    Scottish versions of these benefits – with the
    ability to change the rules, or even replace
    these benefits with new ones or other
    payments and services.

  3. Dez

    Great campaign….hopefully the media will eventually get the importance of the storey when it eventually becomes front page scandal as it should be but of course swimming against the tide when the media is Con biased..

  4. They couldn’t care less
    I informed the DWP that I shall be taking o photograph of myself every day as I starve to death having gone from incapacity benefit with severe disability component and high rate DLA to nothing after an ATTOS assessor lied on every one of my pip application questions. As I had been awarded lifetime DLA I was not supposed to be transferred to pip in any case. They did a mandatory review after my doctor sent a very strong letter but chose not to look at it saying they had enough information., the results were unchanged . Then called to say they were going to resubmit it as it seemed incorrect to have 0 points but then 2 weeks later informed me that again there was no change and I had missed the deadline. For an appeal.
    My ESA in the support group is suddenly JSA so no doubt I will be sanctioned, and they took my car so I cannot attend anything anywhere at all and am now housebound with no means of getting food.
    Luckily my mother at 76 yo is now sending me money that she cannot spare so I can’t really send the photos in. They didn’t respond in any case.

  5. At least the Scottish people show that they care for the ill and the less well off of our country, where the hell are the English people at, why are they not doing this, typical of tory England right now, just like it was back in Thatcher’s day, Me, me, me, me, I’m Alright Jack, Look after Number 1, F**k everybody else, and the government and the English wonder why they’re hated so bloody much!

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