Hundreds expected to assemble in Perth to protest LibDem support for benefit cuts

March 4th 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today predicted that hundreds of people, led by disability campaigners would arrive in Perth tomorrow (Saturday 5 March) to protest at Liberal Democrat support for benefit cuts and changes to Disability Living Allowance.

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“At a time of rising unemployment and living costs it is impossible to over-estimate the fear and insecurity this is provoking - not to mention anger that the Liberal Democrats should be involved.

“This lobby is supported by the STUC as part of our ‘There is a Better Way’ campaign, but it is led by disabled workers and by those who will be directly affected by the cuts and proposed welfare changes.

“It provides further evidence that key sections of Scottish society are coming together to oppose the manifest unfairness in the Coalition’s austerity plans.

“Late last night we were asked by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to meet them prior to the lobby.

“We have not accepted that invitation and we hope that instead, Danny Alexander, will agree to a meeting in the very near future with all affected parties, and in particular the disabled campaigners and individuals who are most affected.

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Perth

Better Way on Benefits Lobby of LibDem Conference

Perth Concert Hall

Saturday 5th March 11.00am

The Coalition Government’s cuts to Britain’s welfare, benefits and local support services will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Join the lobby of the LibDem conference led by disabled workers and activists to protest against cuts in:

o Disability Living allowance

o Employment Support Allowance

o Housing Benefit

o Mobility Schemes

o Disability Support Services

o Childcare Schemes

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