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March 2019

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Parliament Square, London. Fri 1 Mar 2019



 Disabled protesters are slow to arrive in Parliament Square, partly becuase of the chaos caused by the striking taxi drivers

 'Universal Credit - A grave issue
     
 'I am here for everyone who is too disabled, impoverished & intimidated to be here and for the Thouands silenced and killed by the Tories Cuts and Austerity'

 People including the heritage wardens stop and talk with the protesters

 

 'R.I.P. 120,000 extra avoidable deaths...' is the message on a a tombstone

 

 Taxi drivers pose with one of the campaigners

 

 

 Many die within a few weeks of being declared 'fit to work' by a corrupt system devised by the DWP which ignores

 much medical evidence and is carelessly employed by unqualified staff who are given incentives to fail claimants.

 Around 70% of those who appeal are successful - though too many are dead by the time their appeals come up for hearing.

 It is a cruel, inhuman system and has been condemned by several investigations, but it, along with unfair

sanctions used to remove benefits, continue.

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