A Vision for an Inclusive Scotland
Inclusion Scotland has published A Vision for an Inclusive Scotland. Over the summer, Inclusion Scotland consulted disabled people at a series of events and using an online survey. We asked: ‘What are the most important things the Scottish or UK governments could change to improve your life?’
In A Vision for an Inclusive Scotland we set out what disabled people told us. We call for the removal of the many barriers to inclusion that disabled people experience, and argue why action to do so must be co-ordinated across policy areas – regardless of the outcome of the Referendum.
We would like to thank our Members and Member Organisations for your support and input, without which we would not have been able to produce such an important document.
We look forward to working with you over the next few months as we develop ideas on how to make the Vision a reality.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRDP)
- Inclusion Scotland's UNCRDP survey responses
- Inclusion Scotland presentation on the UNCRDP
- Inclusion Scotland publication on the UNCRDP
- Equality & Human Rights Commission Easy Read guide to the UNCRDP
- 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.
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Friday, 26 September 2014
DWP’s confession: ‘We ignore benefit-related deaths’
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted making no effort to collect – or learn the lessons from – reports of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the withdrawal or non-payment of disability benefits.
The admission came in a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request from Disability News Service (DNS).
DNS had asked DWP what records...
We Need An £8 Minimum Wage NOW – Not Later, Say Unite
A major new independent report to be submitted to the Low Pay Commission today (Friday 26 September) has shown that a national increase of £1.50 per hour in the national minimum wage in 2015 would benefit 4.6 million workers by an average of £1,400 per year while at the same time adding an extra £2.1 billion to the public finances and potentially generating at least 30,000...
Universal credit 'undeliverable' says former head of the civil service
Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, has said that the timetable for the government’s controversial universal credit benefits scheme was “too tight” and that a “culture of good news” in the Department for Work and Pensions prevented this being recognised.
Making his valedictory speech on 25 September to an audience of senior civil servants...
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Helping disabled people to go on holiday is both a social responsibility and business opportunity says tourism minister
Making it easier for disabled people to holiday is not only a social responsibility but a major opportunity for businesses, the tourism minister has said.
Fergus Ewing said fewer than a fifth of people with disabilities in the UK were able to enjoy an annual holiday, with many of them unable to do so because of a lack of suitable places to stay.
Businesses providing accommodation for...
Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in ‘bedroom tax’ case
Campaigners against the Government’s bedroom tax have an anxious wait following a tribunal appeal hearing in Edinburgh.
Glenrothes man David Nelson, who won a landmark test case ruling against the spare room subsidy reforms last year, attended the Scottish Land Court on Thursday to defend the ruling contested by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
The DWP, represented...
Student asks for food bank donations instead of gifts for 21st birthday
A big-hearted Glasgow student asked his family and friends for food bank donations instead of presents for his 21st birthday.
After seeing that his local food bank were in urgent need of donations, Declan McGuinness decided he would rather get food for hungry locals than the keys to the house when he turned 21 on Saturday.
Declan, who is in his final year of a business degree at Glasgow...
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Leicester 'fire risk' wheelchair user's benefits reinstated
A disabled man who was refused a benefits assessment because his wheelchair was deemed a safety risk, has had his payments reinstated.
Charles Foreman, from Leicestershire, who has a back condition, had his benefits stopped in 2011.
The 53-year-old was turned away from an assessment on the first floor of a health centre in 2013 because providers Atos said his chair was a 'fire risk'.
Activist surge follows indyref result
Scotland is witnessing an unprecedented upsurge in activism following the no victory in the recent referendum.
The momentum created by the grassroots yes campaign is spilling over into post-indyref political life as pro-independence parties experience a tremendous surge in numbers applying to join.
Meanwhile, there has been a ferment of activity among the campaign groups which sprang...
Monday, 22 September 2014
Furious See Me Scotland hits out at clothes shop for mocking bipolar
A Scottish mental health charity has hit out at a fashion retailer for trying to make a joke out of bipolar disorder.
UK high street clothes retailer Joy received a barrage of abuse on Twitter at the weekend for stocking a gift card with the slogan “don’t get mad, take lithium”.
As lithium is used as medication to help stabilise mood swings one user pointed out to...
‘Send me to jail’, dying man begs judge
A terminally ill man thanked the chairman of magistrates who jailed him for eight weeks for smashing windows at Bradford Crown Court.
Derek Joinson, 56, of Spring Road, Keighley, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) and pleaded guilty to breaking two windows, estimated to the value of £500, at Bradford Crown Court on September 21.
The court heard that...
Friday, 19 September 2014
How Grant has reinvented the spoon
Most of us keep our fingers crossed for something to tickle our tastebuds – Grant Douglas simply hopes his culinary offerings stay on his plate.
A trip to a restaurant is usually an enjoyable affair for diners, but for the 40-year-old it is often ruined by his dishes ending up on the floor.
But now Grant – who was born with ataxic and athetoid cerebral palsy, resulting...
Humiliated blind woman asked by ATOS benefits assessor: 'How many fingers am I holding up?'
A benefits assessor asked a blind woman: 'How many fingers am I holding up?' before declaring her fit to work.
Natasha Pogson, 28, says she was made to feel 'stupid' by a female ATOS worker who carried out her disability assessment.
As well as holding up her fingers, the woman also made Natasha try and touch her toes and lifted both arms before asking Natasha to do the same.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Dr Arun Singhal suspended for telling patient to kill herself
A doctor who told a patient who was threatening to kill herself to 'go and jolly well do it now' has been suspended for three months.
The actions of Dr Arun Singhal, a GP in Huyton, Liverpool, amounted to serious misconduct, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) found.
He also told the woman she could look up how to kill herself on the internet.
Dr Singhal was unaware...
Unemployment falls disguise serious poverty in the UK
Unemployment has continued to fall as the claimed economic bounce back saw more UK citizens find work.
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show the same pattern as the last year, but signs of a slowdown in the number entering work mean the country is not out of the woods yet.
Although unemployment fell by 146,000 in the last three months to 2.02 million, the number...
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Delays to welfare payments for disabled people 'unacceptable', admits minister
The delays facing some claimants of a flagship government welfare scheme are 'unacceptable', a minister admitted as the latest update was published.
Data released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that of the 529,400 cases registered for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) between April 2013 and the end of July this year, just over 206,000 had been cleared – either...
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Iain Duncan Smith's department gets £117,000 rebate from government helpline calls
Iain Duncan Smith’s department has raked in nearly £120,000 from calls to Government helplines.
Pensioners and redundant workers are among people forced to pay the rip-off phone charges.
Work and Pensions Secretary Mr Smith – already under fire over his discredited Bedroom Tax – may now have to explain why his department still has 0845 numbers for its helplines.
Monday, 15 September 2014
Disabled Scots should be part of the new Scotland
Disabled people are continually being excluded in everyday society according to a major disability charity.
Inclusion Scotland said people with a disability are still largely left out from many areas of Scottish economic, political and social life.
It has called on the Scottish Government to draw up a strategy to combat the problem but urged it to work with disabled people and disability...
Poverty must remain the focus after the referendum
Poverty must remain at the top of the political agenda – whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.
The Poverty Alliance has called on all sides of the debate to maintain the passion and commitment that has been shown through the campaign and to turn it to finding lasting solutions to inequality in Scotland.
Throughout the referendum campaign, issues of social justice...
Friday, 12 September 2014
Record 4.3m set to vote in Scottish referendum
Record numbers of people are expected to vote in the Scottish independence referendum after it was revealed nearly 4.3 million people are registered ahead of the historic poll on 18 September.
A last minute push to get all potential voters registered has proven successful with the Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum revealing it will be the largest election of...
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
This October will see the introduction of pilot job search schemes, where unemployed benefit claimants will be required to carry out 35 hours of supervised job searches every week. From next month, claimants will be expected to sign an attendance register at a local Job Centre provider at nine in the morning and search for jobs until 5pm, for five days a week, for three months. If they fail...
Government cuts leave disabled people facing six months wait for vital cash
Sick and disabled people will still be left waiting six months for vital cash despite a Government pledge to cut waiting times.
David Cameron’s new Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper admitted the system of health assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) is “not in good shape”.
But Labour’s Debbie Abrahams slammed the Government for sacking...
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies
The DWP brags about ending the ‘something for nothing’ culture, but benefit sanctions punish the unemployed, disabled and poor in ways that are utterly inhumane.
The coroner said that when David Clapson died he had no food in his stomach. Clapson’s benefits had been stopped as a result of missing one meeting at the jobcentre. He was diabetic, and without the £71.70...
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