Inclusion Scotland AGM & Conference
Friday 11 April 2014 10.30am to 4.00pm at
The Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN
Inclusion Scotland invites you to join us at our AGM & Conference on
“Scotland: Our Rights, Our Future”
This year there will be a report on what has been done to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. Inclusion Scotland wants to find out about the views of disabled people in Scotland on:
• What positive progress has been made?
• What needs to be done to make more progress?
• What should be the priorities for action in a future Scotland?
There’ll be an opportunity to get responses from people involved in the ‘Yes’ campaign for an independent Scotland and the ‘Better Together Campaign’ to stay as we are.
This event is aimed at disabled people and will also be of interest to representatives of voluntary, community and other organisations who support, advise or give assistance directly to disabled people.
To register for a place download a booking form or contact: Angela Marshall – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0141 559 5007.
Please don’t forget to let us know if you have any additional support needs including access, communication support or dietary requirements.
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Friday, 11 April 2014
Dumfries Community Cafe, The Usual Place, scoops £1.1 million in lottery funding
The Usual Place, Community Café, has been awarded over one million pounds from Big Lottery Fund Scotland. This is a very exciting new development which will see the old Academy dining hall on the corner of Lovers Walk and Academy Street in Dumfries transformed into a fantastic new venue.
Linda Whitelaw, Director, said, 'The café will have a retail area, exhibition space and...
Help for those in food poverty
£1 million to support work of emergency food providers as demand soars.
People who have to access Scotland’s foodbanks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.
Around £500,000 will be given to organisations who work with those in need, and are helping to address...
Scottish Independent Living Fund
Multi-million pound fund to help disabled people to stay in their own homes.
Thousands of disabled people in Scotland are set to be supported through a new Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF), Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.
The scheme will safe-guard support given to more than 3,000 disabled people across Scotland and will build on existing care through...
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Maria Miller quits as culture secretary after expenses row
Maria Miller has insisted it was her decision to resign as culture secretary amid claims she was forced out by No 10 after a row over her expenses.
She said the row had been an 'enormous distraction' from 'the incredible achievements of this government'.
In the Commons, Labour leader Ed Miliband accused PM David Cameron of having 'undermined trust in politics' with his handling of...
DWP target mental health claimants for ESA sanctions
A staggering six out of ten employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants hit with a sanction are people with a mental health condition or learning difficulty, according DWP figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The proportion has rocketed from 35% of sanctioned claimants in 2009 to a massive 58% in 2013. The statistics prove that sanctions are now overwhelmingly aimed...
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Benefits sanctions show this government at its Kafkaesque worst
Ideological convictions about why people are unemployed have created a bureaucratic nightmare that manufactures injustice and mistakes.
It is nearly 30 years since the BBC first aired The Insurance Man, Alan Bennett's masterful, nightmarish tribute to the work of Franz Kafka. It is set in a grey, labyrinthine office complex, where working people who have been left penniless and desperate...
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Civil servants deployed to help Capita clear PIP assessments backlog
Ministers have been forced to intervene and deploy civil servants to shore up a private company struggling to clear a backlog of medical assessments for payments to tens of thousands of terminally ill, sick and disabled people.
In a letter leaked to the Guardian, a senior civil servant says the 'one-off' step will be taken because Capita is failing to process the recently introduced personal...
Monday, 7 April 2014
Eight out of 10 voters think Maria Miller should lose cabinet job, poll finds
Pressure on the culture secretary, Maria Miller, has been ramped up by a poll suggesting a large majority of voters think she should be dropped from the cabinet, stripped of her responsibility for press regulation and thrown out of the House of Commons over her expenses.
A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday found that almost three-quarters of voters (73%) thought her 32-second apology...
Combination of welfare reforms pushing families into ‘chaos’, report claims
The cumulative impact of last year’s welfare reforms has left people less able to cope with work or support themselves, a report claims.
One year on from introduction of the Government’s flagship benefit reforms, research by Community Links suggests the ‘complexity’ and ‘rushed’ delivery of the changes has pushed families into ‘chaos’.
Friday, 4 April 2014
DWP’s impact assessment refusal exposed as a sham by EHRC and Treasury
The refusal of the Department for Work and Pensions to try to assess the impact on disabled people of all of its welfare reforms has been exposed as a sham after new research was announced by the equality watchdog.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is working with the Treasury and other “key” departments to develop a way of assessing the cumulative impact of government...
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Tax And Benefit Changes Mean Households Are £974 A Year Worse Off Under The Coalition, Say Labour
Tax and benefit changes introduced since the coalition government took office in 2010 mean households will be worse off by an average of £974 a year by 2015, say Labour.
Figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and analysed by the Labour Party, take into account tax and benefit changes affecting households since 2010; including Personal Tax Allowance, cuts to tax...
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Housing benefit changes distress disabled people, say MPs
Changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales are creating 'financial hardship and distress' for disabled people, MPs have warned.
The reduction of payments for social tenants deemed to have a larger home than they need have hit vulnerable people not intended as targets, the Work and Pensions Committee said.
It said the rules were having a 'severe' effect.
Benefits cuts slammed as 'crime against humanity' as charity claim sanctions are levelled at most vulnerable
An angry charity boss yesterday accused Westminster of committing a “crime against humanity” by imposing benefits sanctions on the most vulnerable.
Bill Scott of Inclusion Scotland hit out after it emerged 36,000 Scots had payments stopped or cut within eight months of new rules being brought in.
He said many people with mental health problems are being plunged into poverty...
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Scotland ‘failing disabled hate-crime victims’
The Lord Advocate has admitted disabled people are not reporting hate crimes because they lack confidence in police.
He also said families encourage victims not to dial 999 because they fear repercussions.
Frank Mulholland QC, speaking from a hate crime conference in Glasgow yesterday, stressed both police and prosecutors had improved their approach, but the legacy of historic failures...
Self-directed Support Act
Thousands of care users to get more control of their lives from today.
New legislation that will radically alter the shape of social care in Scotland comes into force today (1 April).
The Self-directed Support Act places duties on local authorities in Scotland to offer people who are assessed as needing social care the option of designing their own care package.
This could mean...
Monday, 31 March 2014
Scottish care provider wins tenants 139 bedroom tax exemptions
A care provider has won more than 100 bedroom tax exemptions after setting up a specialist team to help support and advise its tenants.
The welfare project was set up last year to guide Blackwood's tenants, all of whom have disabilities, through the complexities of reforms such as the bedroom tax and universal credit.
Over the past year, the Scottish care and housing provider has won...
Man faces losing his independence after social workers decided that he should live in a residential care home
A disabled artist has been forced to fork out £180 a week for care after his benefits were cut.
Edward Rainey, who has no use of his body below his neck, is shelling out the cash despite being in an NHS hospital.
He needs round-the-clock care and was 'strongly advised' by staff at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, to hire a private carer.
Mr Rainey said: 'It’s deplorable....
Friday, 28 March 2014
Housing benefits: Changes 'see 6% of tenants move'
About 6% of social housing tenants in Britain affected by changes to benefits partly designed to cut under-occupancy have moved home, BBC research suggests.
Ministers claim the policy - dubbed a bedroom tax by critics - frees up big homes and saves the taxpayer £1m a day.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said the government was 'on track' to reach its target of 30% by 2017.
Grieving widow demands answers after hospital taxi dumped her blind husband on doorstep in his pyjamas just hours before he died
A blind man died hours after a hospital taxi dumped him on his doorstep in his pyjamas in the middle of the night.
Graeme Aitken’s heartbroken widow Wendy is now demanding to know why her 66-year-old husband was released from care at 4am with just painkillers when he was gravely ill.
She said: “I’m totally shocked. I’m disgusted. I’m angry that this is...
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Woman killed herself over benefits cut, says mental health watchdog
A woman with a history of stress-related depression killed herself because her benefits were cut after a work assessment, a health watchdog has found.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland said the woman in her early 50s took her own life less than a month after an Atos assessor gave her zero points in a work capability assessment and docked her weekly benefits by nearly 30%.
Hate crimes on disabled people prioritised
Tackling hate crimes against disabled people is a priority for the police and prosecution service, the Lord Advocate has said.
Frank Mulholland said such crimes would be treated with a 'zero-tolerance' approach.
Mr Mulholland used his speech at a conference on prejudice to highlight the work being done by police and prosecutors to prioritise action against hate crimes.
Fit-to-work tests: Atos contract to end
The firm Atos, which assesses whether benefit claimants in Britain are fit to work, is to finish its contract early, ministers have confirmed.
It follows government criticism over 'significant quality failures'.
Disabilities Minister Mike Penning said a new company would be appointed in early 2015, and Atos would not receive 'a single penny of compensation'.
Atos had been due...
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Poor families hit by welfare reforms 'running up £52 of debt every week'
Low income families hit by welfare reforms are running up personal debt at the rate of £52 a week to cope with the rising cost of living, with many saying they have no idea if they will be able to pay it back, according to the latest instalment of a poverty research project.
The project found that the average household debt stood at just under £3,000, up by 29% since October,...
MPs approve annual welfare cap in Commons vote
MPs have overwhelmingly backed plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount the UK spends on welfare each year.
Welfare spending, excluding the state pension and some unemployment benefits, will be capped next year at £119.5bn.
The idea, put forward by Chancellor George Osborne in last week's Budget, would in future see limits set at the beginning of each Parliament.
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