Planned changes to the UK benefits system leave disabled people "​suicidal​"​
Disabled campaigners in Scotland told MSPs people were "​terrifie​d"​ over how Westminster plans to get more people back to work may affect them.
And the campaign groups urged MSPs to block a move allowing UK ministers to legislate on the issue in Scotland.

But the Department for Work and Pensions warned the SNP government against blocking the move.

One of its senior officials, Neil Couling, said the move may hit key policies like free school meals and the blue badge scheme for disabled drivers, which had been linked to existing benefits.

The UK government says changes under the Welfare Reform Bill, due to come into effect in 2013, will save £​7bn in welfare spending and encourage people currently on benefits to go out and find a job.

But wheelchair-user Keith Robertson, who is access development officer and manager at the Disability Equality Forum, said the UK government was like "​a blind rhinoceros running wild that has got to make a 20% cut, immaterial of the consequen​ces"​.


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