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Contact 100 - 'Policy into Practice'
Inclusion Scotland has always been aware that it cannot carry out its aims and objectives effectively without the direct involvement and support of disabled people themselves. With this in mind we have launched a new initiative: Contact 100. Click here for more
Monday, 2 December 2013
Autumn Statement 2013: Britain can no longer afford welfare state, warns OsborneThe welfare state is unaffordable, George Osborne will tell MPs this week, and permanent cuts will be required to make the public finances “sustainable”.
The Chancellor will use his Autumn Statement on Thursday to set out more details of a new cap on welfare spending after the next general election.
It is an attempt to put permanent limits on around £100 billion a...
Friday, 29 November 2013
Iain Duncan Smith spends £75,000 to learn Bedroom Tax is hatedIain Duncan Smith has spent more than £75,000 on polling the popularity of the Bedroom Tax.
The money spent by the Work and Pensions Secretary would have paid the tax for more than 5,300 victims of the hated policy.
The Department of Work and Pensions paid pollsters Ipsos Mori £14,700 to run a poll on the impact of the bedroom tax and a further £60,920 on polling and a...
5 benefit changes the government don't want you to know aboutThreats to take away children from families is a new low for the coalition government's war on benefit claimants.
It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they’d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event. Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least £140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month,...
Thursday, 28 November 2013
White paper will not engage hardest to reach, insist charitiesEquality and social justice will still have to be hard fought for under an independent Scotland, voluntary organisations warned this week.
The Scottish Government’s white paper on independence, essentially a manifesto for the SNP’s vision of an independent Scotland, covered many of the big issues Scottish voluntary organisations are currently campaigning on.
While voluntary organisations...
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Bedroom tax forces THOUSANDS of disabled people to cut back on food and heatingThousands of disabled people are cutting back on food and heating as the Bedroom Tax forces them “deeper and deeper” into debt, charities have said.
In a letter to Iain Duncan Smith, the heads of more than 50 charities said the tax was having a “devastating impact” on an estimated 330,000 disabled people and carers.
They say 9 in 10 disabled claimants or their carers...
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Inverness first in Scotland to operate universal creditInverness has become the first place in Scotland to operate the UK government's universal credit benefit.
The combined support for people looking for work or on a low income has already started in parts of England.
It replaces other benefits, such as housing, child tax credits and jobseekers allowance, and combines them into one monthly payment.
Citizens Advice Scotland and Highland...
Inclusion Scotland - Google has excluded Scotland from aid schemeA scheme set up by internet corporation Google to help non-profit organisations is discriminatory because it excludes Scotland, Inclusion Scotland has said.
Inclusion Scotland, which represents more than 60 disability groups, said it was amazed to discover that the Google for Nonprofits programme only applies to organisations in England and Wales.
The scheme allows charities free access...
Monday, 25 November 2013
Care threat as social work budgets at 'breaking point'More than half of Scotland's social work departments have plunged into the red this year, racking up a combined overspend in excess of £35 million.
Growing numbers of elderly people and vulnerable children are pushing budgets to breaking point, with 18 councils predicting they will breach their spending limit. Another two say demand is stretching care funding.
Research by The Herald...
Fuel poverty: the endless battle to keep homes warmAmbitious Scottish Government targets to end fuel poverty by 2016 have been relegated to the realm of fantasy as one in three families struggle to pay soaring energy bills. We discover how many now face a heat or eat dilemma.
Karid Hasim has much to praise Scotland for. It’s been seven years since she left her native Sri Lanka and since then she’s managed to become a big part...
Iain Duncan Smith 'targeting seriously ill claimants' in benefits overhaulThe fate of nearly 550,000 benefit claimants currently deemed unfit for work due to serious illnesses such as cancer is in the balance as it emerged that Iain Duncan Smith is planning a radical change to the welfare system.
The work and pensions secretary is pushing to scrap a part of the benefits system that helps sufferers of recent illnesses get back into employment. These individuals are covered...
Friday, 22 November 2013
They can call it what they like. We know it's the bedroom taxComplex, confusing and impenetrable: no wonder 'abolition of the spare room subsidy' has not caught on.
If it is true that 'whoever controls the language, controls the debate', then the bedroom tax is doomed. Why? Because it is called the 'bedroom tax' and not the 'abolition of the spare room subsidy'.
This week the expression 'bedroom tax' became one of the Oxford Dictionaries 'Words of...
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Shameless MPs who voted to keep the bedroom tax claimed £3.2million for their own 'spare bedrooms'Shameless MPs who voted to keep the controversial Bedroom Tax claimed £3.2million for their own 'spare bedrooms'.
Scrutiny of data provided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority shows that 169 Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs who backed a bill to slash extra cash for ordinary people have amassed claims of up to £25,000 each for accommodation bills.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Council urges bedroom tax hit tenants to apply for Discretionary Housing PaymentsOnly half of Edinburgh’s council tenants affected by the bedroom tax have applied for discretionary housing payments, an official revealed today.
Cammy Day, housing leader at Edinburgh Council, said of the 3,000 council tenants affected by the policy, only 1,500 had applied for a share of the council’s £3.5 million DHP pot. He encouraged more tenants to apply for the payments...
Celtic Foundation sign up to help disabled youngstersScottish Disability Sport (SDS) and Celtic FC Foundation have formed a partnership to increase opportunities for disabled children, athletes and players in the west of Scotland to access sport.
The year-long project will work to address gaps in provision and through an inclusive approach with current provision where appropriate.
Sports as varied as football, judo and wheelchair basketball...
Civil servants told to judge whether disabled people deserve benefits by GOOGLING illnessesCivil servants have been told they can judge whether to pay benefits to disabled people by Googling their illnesses, after proper tests were scrapped.
In a memo leaked yesterday, Department for Work and Pensions staff were instructed to look online when assessing new claims for Disability Living Allowance for under 18s and Attendance Allowance for over 65s.
Shadow Work Secretary Rachel Reeves...
Monday, 18 November 2013
Atos move leaves DLA decision-makers guessingDisability benefit decision-makers have been left without expert medical advice to call on for most of their cases, after the outsourcing giant Atos Healthcare withdrew from large parts of a key contract.
Doctors employed by Atos used to advise Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision-makers on the more difficult claims for disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA).
Disability technology: Is the future already here?Technology has long been heralded as a solution to the many difficulties experienced by disabled people. So how can it help?
In the last 10 years, focus has shifted from desktop PCs to mobile devices. Today's smartphones are mini-computers with an increasing range of features for disabled people - they talk, hook up to hearing aids and have other ingenious accessibility functions.
Friday, 15 November 2013
Benefits are getting stopped for unfair reasons, says Citizens Advice ScotlandSanctions imposed for people on benefits are flawed, a leading charity has claimed.
Over 53,000 sanctions have been applied to job seekers in Scotland since October 2012 at the rate of 220 a day, many of which are unfair claims Citizens Advice Scotland.
Claimants have been sanctioned for missing interviews they didn’t know about or simply because of errors in job centres’ reporting...
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Digital health careA ground breaking online service will help improve health and wellbeing in Scotland, Health Secretary Alex Neil said today.
Unveiling Living it Up (LiU), a £10 million digital health, care and wellbeing project, Mr Neil said the project would help people link up with health and wellbeing services in their local area.
LiU provides personalised advice on improving and managing health...
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