Disability campaigners are holding a protest outside a medical examination centre in Lincoln today.
Fourteen supporters of the national Disabled People Against Cuts group have turned out in Newland to back a day of action outside ATOS Healthcare offices across the country.
Organiser Jane Hills, DPAC's Lincoln spokesman, said the day-long gathering outside the Viking House assessment centre was important.
Mrs Hills, 61, from John Street in Market Rasen, revealed that her retired policeman husband David's disability allowance had been stopped after an assessment of his arthritis condition last May.
"We want to demonstrate our point of view that disabled people and their families should be treated with dignity and respect, not as scroungers or a burden on society," she said.
Former Mayor of Lincoln, City Councillor Gary Hewson, said: "I'm supporting the demo because I can't see how an employer would want someone back at work if they had been signed off by their GP and then told by an ATOS assessor that they were fit to work."
Councillor Fay Smith said: "I know a lot of people have successfully appealed against their assessment - but it causes a lot of stress and hardship."
Mike Hancock, 22, from Lincoln, said: "I’m not disabled myself but I disagree with how people are being treated.
"There is definitely a loophole in the system and today is definitely a start in bringing equality to disabled people.”
Atos Healthcare said in a statement: “We fully respect people’s right to peaceful protest. However, we want to make sure that it is clear to everyone what our role is, and also the routes available to people for more specific queries or concerns about individual assessments.
“We understand that people may have very strong personal opinions about whether the Work Capability Assessment or welfare policy is fair.
“Peaceful protests are a way of raising attention to issues they would like action on.
“However, Atos Healthcare has no control over welfare policy, the design of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), or the specific eligibility criteria for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). These are set by government."