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Vigil being held for claimants “killed as a result of welfare reforms”

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“Victims” of the Tory government’s welfare cuts' regime will be commemorated with a candlelight vigil in Edinburgh tomorrow (3 December).

Dozens of people who have either killed themselves or died as an alleged consequence of benefit cuts will be remembered during the event which is being hosted by disability campaign group Black Triangle.

It will take place outside Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral at 4pm followed by an event at the City Chambers at 7pm.

On its website, the organisation lists dozens of people from across the UK it alleges have been “killed as a result of welfare reforms.”

Alongside the names it has written in eulogy: “They shall be remembered forevermore.

"Avenge the dead. Resuscitate the living. We must fight on for freedom from Westminster’s murderous policies and support the struggle of all Britain’s sick and/or disabled people simultaneously.”

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that during the period December 2011 and February 2014 2,380 people died after their claim for employment and support allowance ended because a work capability assessment found they were found fit for work.

UK ministers say that the data can not be used to link claimant deaths to its welfare reforms, but the figures have turned attention on the government’s fit-for-work assessment process, which has been dogged by controversy in recent years.

Steve Cargill, responding to the event’s posting on Facebook, said: “This government has blood on its hands.”



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