Scottish independence: The voting influence of disabled Scots

Scottish independence: The voting influence of disabled Scots

Disabled people in Scotland have said they feel they've been ignored in Scottish referendum campaigning by both sides. But how are disabled people voting, if at all, and why? BBC Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton looks at the situation with just over a week to go until the polls open.

Billy Watson, chief executive of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) says: "For people with a disability, the outcome of the referendum could have profound and far reaching implications, touching on the services that they depend on much more than most Scots. Services such as health, social services, welfare and transport, for instance."

Hundreds of disabled people attended an event in Glasgow last week to question representatives from both sides of the debate. But is this attempt to communicate with disabled people coming too late in the game?

I've heard disabled people say it's up to both sides to work at including disabled people in any campaign strategy, and express the opinion that they could have a major impact on the outcome of the referendum. 

 

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