Inclusion Scotland  

Working towards a society where disabled people are equal citizens

Inclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals. Through a process of structured development we aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect our everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. We aim to encourage a wide understanding of those issues throughout mainstream thought in Scotland. In short, we want to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy. Read more about Inclusion Scotland.

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Please find this file with various pieces of information around Inclusion Scotland's work on the UNCRDP

This includes:

  1. Inclusion Scotland's UNCRDP survey responses
  2. Inclusion Scotland presentation on the UNCRDP
  3. Inclusion Scotland publication on the UNCRDP
  4. Equality & Human Rights Commission Easy Read guide to the UNCRDP
  5. Inclusion Scotland's Human Rights Toolkit

If you require any further information on the work Inclusion Scotland are doing around the UNCRDP please contact Pauline Nolan.


Our annual report for 2013 - 2014 is now available for download.



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Man with Down's syndrome faces being deported from Britain after 17 years - because his parents died

A man with Down’s syndrome who has lived in Britain for 17 years faces being deported – because his parents died.

Wadih Chourey, 44, moved from Lebanon with his family in 1997 after suffering abuse by gangs in Beirut.

He now lives with one of his two brothers Camil, 42, in East Twickenham.

MP Vince Cable said the move by the Home Office to have him kicked out was...

Atos tests failed 75% of disabled people amid "outrageous" delays to assessments

Three out of four disabled people have endured “unacceptable” delays for vital payments because of hated fit-to-work firm Atos.

Official figures show just 25% of Employment Support Allowance assessment claims are being processed within the Government’s 13-week target.

More than 30,000 people dealt with between February 2012 and June 2013 had to wait more than a year...

Double leg amputee is denied blue badge

A Scottish pensioner who has had part of both legs amputated has been refused a blue badge for disabled parking by his council.

Tom Hannah, 73, from Rosyth had two separate amputations last year due to a circulation problem caused by an irregular heart beat. But he's been refused the disabled parking badge because he can walk over a distance of 20 yards - but only with crutches and help.


Retailers 'must improve accessibility for disabled people'

Retailers are missing out on income from spending by disabled people owing to a lack of accessibility at stores, the government has said.

The latest figure from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suggests that UK households with a disabled person have a combined income of £212bn after housing costs.

Disabled people said that finding accessible shopping was hardest.


Now UN sparks fury after launching human rights investigation into Britain's disability benefit reforms

The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain’s treatment of disabled people.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a formal probe into whether this country has committed ‘grave or systemic violations’ of the rights of disabled people.

Tory MPs tonight branded the investigation ‘politically...

Addressing delayed discharge

The NHS and Scotland’s councils are to work together to tackle the growing numbers of delayed discharges, the Health Secretary and COSLA said today.

While delayed discharge has fallen by a third since 2006, statistics released today show this continues to be challenging, with a significant number of people delayed due to a lack of availability of care in the community.

This week,...

Charity calls for Government to build more homes for disabled people

As the housing crisis continues despite an upturn in the number of new homes being built (annual housing starts totalled 137,780 in the 12 months to June 2014, up by 22 per cent compared with the year before) the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability warns of disabled people losing out because of the sheer lack of suitable housing.

It has been estimated that as many as 11 per cent of British...

Wikipedia Bedroom Tax entry is edited using computer in Government department

A Whitehall computer was used to censor a Tory Minister’s Wikipedia page to edit out all reference to “victims” of the Bedroom Tax.

The entry for Housing Minister Kris Hopkins includes a section which referred to the “disabled victims” of the hated Coalition policy.

But it has been edited to read “disabled people who would pay” the levy.


Shock survey shows poverty in Scotland is getting worse

A bombshell study has revealed that the number of Scottish households falling below the poverty line has risen by 19% in 30 years - despite Britain’s economy doubling in that time.

The Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom (PSE) project, conducted by the country’s leading universities, found that almost one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing; 800,000 can't...

Food poverty: Experts issue malnutrition health warning

More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, experts have warned.

The Faculty of Public Health said conditions like rickets were becoming more apparent because people could not afford quality food in their diet.

It comes after health figures recently revealed a 19% increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with malnutrition over the...

Majority of social security cuts fall on working families, say TUC

The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC.

The TUC-commissioned analysis of those affected by cuts in social security support – undertaken by Howard Reed of Landman Economics – looks at all...

‘Fit For Work’ tests ‘far from satisfactory’, says think tank

The highly controversial ‘fit for work’ test is “far from satisfactory” for people with mental health problems, a damning new report has found.

The report – ‘In Safe Hands Now‘ – from the centre-left think tank IPPR found that reforms to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) are ‘urgently needed’ in order to ‘ensure more decisions...

Are councils flouting new care laws?

People in Scotland are still being forced to use care services they don’t want despite new laws designed to allow them to choose their own support.

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) said it is concerned that people are not able to choose who provides their care despite the introduction of the Self Directed Support Act, which is meant to give people the...

Pensioners hit hardest by £9BILLION welfare spending cuts as David Cameron breaks election promise

Savage spending cuts will soar to nearly £9billion a year, hitting pensioners hardest, a shock report reveals today.

The study shows PM David Cameron has broken his pre-election pledge to protect the elderly, with a quarter of welfare cuts falling on pensioner households.

The Tory-led Government’s biggest cut is a £3.8billion-a-year reduction in pension credit, which...

One million Scots 'cannot afford adequate housing'

Nearly one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing, a new study claims.

The percentage of households falling below society's minimum standard of living has also increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years.

The findings, from the largest study of poverty ever conducted in the UK, come despite the size of the economy doubling.

More than 250,000 people aren't properly...

Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'

Budding atheists wondering whether Richard Dawkins is in need of a little time away from Twitter to reflect on the past few weeks are about to have their (lack of) prayers answered.

The philosopher has managed to go one step further than his controversial comments on ‘date rape versus stranger rape’ to voice his opinions on what it would be ethical for a mother who is informed...

Disabled parking abuse laws passed

New laws to crack down on drivers who abuse disabled parking have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The legislation aims to deal with the hundreds of drivers said to be misusing blue badges, by giving councils powers to confiscate and cancel them.

The Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Bill was brought forward by SNP MSP Dennis Robertson, who is blind.

He said abuse of the...

Spending watchdog accuses DWP of hiding universal credit's failings

Parliament's public spending watchdog has today accused ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions of hiding the failings of the coalition's troubled universal credit scheme.

The public accounts committee said the decision to devise a new category of 'resetting' projects could have been a way of preventing scrutiny and obscuring problems.

Universal credit is the £2.4bn...

Under fire again: Westminster rounds on charity campaigners

A senior government minister fired a salvo against charities and campaign groups for criticising government policy.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling said he was worried some groups “hide behind a veneer of neutral non-partisanship” in their campaigning and claimed some were too closely linked to the Labour Party.

In a national newspaper article – in which he singled...

More funds for disadvantaged communities

The £9.4 million People and Communities Fund, which promotes and supports community-led regeneration initiatives across Scotland, will be accepting new applications for 2015/16 later this week.

The budget for the overarching fund has been increased by £1.5 million, with a refreshed focus on the promotion of social inclusion and tackling poverty, including the mitigation of welfare...

Disabled people want their voices heard in referendum debate

Disabled people across Scotland claim their voices are not being heard in the referendum debate.

Disability Agenda Scotland says said 73% of people it surveyed felt their opinions were not being taken into consideration.

Fears about the ongoing reform of the welfare system, an ability to live independently and the social care on offer were the most pressing concerns given by those...

UK holiday destinations have inadequate facilities for disabled people

Disabled people often find it easier to organise an overseas holiday than one in Britain, according to the head of the country's largest disabled holiday company. Paul Nadin, managing director of Disabled Holiday Directory, cannot accommodate 20% of his clients.

He said: 'The situation is quite bad at the moment. It's often easier to arrange a holiday for someone abroad than it is here in...

UK 'is first country to face UN inquiry into disability rights violations'

The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of 'grave or systemic violations' of the rights of disabled people.

The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives 'reliable information' that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons...

Labour challenged over welfare vow

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Labour to match her pledge to halt the roll out of welfare reforms she claimed will leave more than 100,000 disabled people in Scotland worse off.

She spoke as the Scottish Government published a new report which estimated around 105,000 working-age disabled people will lose some or all their disability benefits by 2018, with a likely...

Disabled people living in deprived areas of Scotland disproportionally high

A significantly high number of people with learning disabilities live in the most deprived areas of Scotland, statistics from the 2013 Learning Disability Statistics Scotland (LDSS) dataset have revealed this week.

The least deprived areas of Scotland have proportionally far fewer people with a learning disability living in these areas than the national average.

Information on employment,...

Benefits blow: Study reveals that cruel Con-Dem cuts will slash £100m off sick and disabled Scots

More than 100,000 Scots will be £1000 a year worse-off because of Con-Dems cuts to disability benefits.

And 50,000 of the most severely disabled people stand to lose up to £3000 a year.

A Scottish Government study reveals the brutal effect of the decision to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with personal independence payments (PIP).

It reveals that 105,000...

Finding a job when you're disabled is a postcode lottery

The benefits of renewed growth and rising employment are not being felt by everyone. Despite almost a million extra people being in work over the past year, the number of disabled people in employment has fallen by nearly 30,000.

A significant proportion of the four million disabled people who aren't working would like a job: a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study found disabled people were...

Food banks to offer debt advice in bid to combat payday lenders

Financial advice is to be offered to people being referred to food banks after new research showed an 'alarming' increase in those suffering money problems.

Food bank charity the Trussell Trust is launching a pilot scheme to give instant financial help and debt advice in a bid to reduce the number of people going to payday lenders for high-interest loans.

The move could lead to the...

Unlocking the power of the UN human rights system

Deirdre Flanigan explains how voluntary organisations can use the United Nations human rights system to improve lives for the people they support.

The United Nations human rights system has the potential to unlock a stronger better society for everyone in Scotland. Many of us in the third sector already engage with the it effectively in our advocacy, lobbying and campaigning work, but others...

Mental health charities offer advice following death of Robin Williams

Charities have reacted to the shock death of Hollywood superstar Robin Williams by urging people to seek advice over mental health problems.

The 63-year-old Good Will Hunting star died at his home in California from an apparent suicide.

Over the years he had battled depression as well as drink and drug addiction.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health tweeted: “Lots...

Third sector must not be silenced in fight against austerity

MSPs have been challenged to protect the right of the third sector to criticise government and campaign against welfare changes which have plunged people into poverty.

A Scottish Parliament debate on Westminster’s changes to the benefits system today (Wednesday, 13 August) called for a wide range of evidence.

Among those who submitted a briefing to MSPs was the Scottish Council...


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