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The Edinburgh Support Workers Action Network, the Learning Disability Alliance and the Save our Homecare Services Campaign called on the Edinburgh Council:
- stop blocking Direct Payments to social care service users
- guarantee funding at a reasonable level that allows service users choice
- stop the selling off of vital services to low cost private companies through its tendering processes.
The protest, which started at 4.30pm, was noisy, colourfull and empowering. The police stood at the entrance to the City Chambers but otherwise did not seem to intervene. Signatures were collected for a petition and leaflets handed out to passers-by. The protesters shouted "No more lies", "Direct Payments Now!" and similar.