Weekly Poll – Clinical Governance

This week’s poll question is about Clinical Governance. As part of the inquiry into the culture of the NHS in Scotland, the Health and Sport Committee agreed to look at clinical governance. Clinical governance refers to the systems through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously monitoring and improving the quality of their care and services, and ensuring they safeguard high standards. To have your say, please click the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SPQJMXS
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Weekly Poll – Personal Care

This week’s poll question is about free personal care to under 65’s. The Scottish Government Programme for Government (published September 2016) made a commitment to produce a feasibility study into extending free personal and nursing care to the under 65’s with dementia. Following the Members’ Debate on December 6, 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport noted that everyone with life-changing conditions should receive the care and support that they need.  The feasibility study will therefore take a wider look at the general issue of charging for personal care for people under 65. For more information about the feasibility
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Call on Scottish Government to seize once in a generation opportunity to tackle accessible housing crisis 

Launching “Our Place: Our Space”, a report into the housing needs of disabled people, Inclusion Scotland has today called for the Scottish Government to seize the opportunity presented by their plan to build 50,000 new homes, by ensuring that they are built to be fully wheelchair accessible, or easily adapted to be so. Evidence of the scale of the problem is overwhelming. Around 14% of households in Scotland include someone who uses a wheelchair or mobility aid. However, only 0.7% of Scottish Local Authority housing stock, and 1.5% of Housing Association property, is accessible for wheelchair users. And there is
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Political Parties 2017 General Election Manifestos – What’s in it for disabled people?

Scottish Disability Equality Forum have reviewed each of the main political party manifestos, which have been launched for the General Election on 8 June. Each party has made pledges to improve the lives of disabled people. We have taken the opportunity to summarise these pledges. Scottish Disability Equality Forum are non-partisan, therefore we do not support any political party. We hope this neutral stance at reviewing the pledges will go some way to help you decide who you should vote for on 8 June. You can find a list of the pledges below. This information is also available in alternative
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Scottish Disability Equality Forum launches three year Strategic Plan

Scottish Disability Equality Forum has now launched its Strategic Plan, which not only describes the organisation’s vision, mission and principles, but also details Scottish Disability Equality Forum’s key strategic aims between now and 2020. These are the following: To communicate, promote and campaign the importance of social inclusion, ensuring the opinions of disabled people are taken into account from the first point of planning. To increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of access and inclusion across Scotland. To develop a creative and adaptive organisation. You can find a link to the Strategic Plan below, alternative formats are available: Strategic Plan 2017-2020
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What does Community Empowerment mean for disabled people?

The Scottish Government is committed to our communities being supported to do things for themselves and to people having their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. But what does this mean for disabled people? Will we have a real say in decisions that affect us, or will we just be left further behind? Inclusion Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Services (SCVO) invite you to a free event to look at how disabled people can take advantage of open government, community empowerment and participatory budgeting, and find out what we have learned from Inclusion
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Scottish Disability Equality Forum – General Election Manifesto 2017

With the General Election being held on 8 June 2017, it’s a great opportunity for our members to talk to their political representatives about the issues that matter to disabled people.  We surveyed our members and produced a list of pledges we hope will help address the issues closest to our members We ask that all political parties commit to the following: (Our General Election Manifesto 2017 is also available in the following alternative formats: Word, PDF, Plain Text, Audio) Access to Human Rights On behalf of our members, Scottish Disability Equality Forum want clarity and consultation on the repeal
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Weekly Poll – Employment

A new campaign has launched to help employers in Scotland recognise the benefits of employing staff with disabilities. The campaign forms part of a range of measures being undertaken by the Scottish Government to help reduce the disability employment gap. This includes the recently launched Work Able Scotland programme, which will help 4,800 people with health conditions and disabilities into work. Our question this week is: Do you think employers in Scotland do enough to encourage disabled people to work for them? You can answer our Weekly Poll by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F7NG2TJ
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Employers urged to think differently about disability

A new campaign has launched to help employers in Scotland recognise the benefits of employing staff with disabilities. With only around 40 per cent of disabled people aged 16-64 in employment compared to around 80 per cent of non-disabled people, the campaign aims to increase job opportunities for disabled people by raising awareness of the untapped talent that exists in Scotland. As well as gaining access to a wider pool of talent and skills, employers can benefit from financial incentives and schemes such as Access to Work which supports businesses with any extra costs incurred as a result of employing
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WEEKLY POLL – Accessible Taxis

This week’s poll question is about accessible taxis and whether a new law to reduce discrimination is being followed. On April 6 2017, a new law was introduced to impose penalties on taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers refusing to pick up wheelchair users. According to this law taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers have to: • transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair • provide passengers in wheelchairs with appropriate assistance • charge wheelchair users the same fare as non-wheelchair users Taxi drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or
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