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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Latest News

Give disabled people support to live, not right to die

With the House of Lords to consider today the Assisted Suicide Bill tabled by Lord Falconer, how informed are our lords and bishops who are about to preside over such a potentially momentous shift in medical care?

Last weekend, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey spoke in favour of assisted suicide. The 24 hours that followed contained a barrage of headlines, interviews and reports...

Benefit sanctions rocket by as much as 563%, shocking figures reveal

New figures obtained by the SNP have found a staggering increase in the number of people being hit by benefit sanctions at the hands of Westminster welfare reforms, further highlighting the need for a Yes vote and the full powers over welfare it would bring.

An answer to a Written Question from SNP MSP Kevin Stewart found that, since 2009, there has been a 65 per cent increase in the number...

Benefits sanctions double against women, disabled people and lone parents

New figures show the number of women, disabled people and lone parents in Scotland having benefits sanctioned has almost doubled in the past four years.

Lone parents say it means children are punished and that having their benefits suddenly stopped for weeks or months is traumatic.

They say it means not knowing how to buy food or pay the bills.

The Department for Work and Pensions...

Guide to help figure out new lobbying rules

The Electoral Commission has published guidance on the new UK lobbying act to help charities plan their campaigning activity ahead of next year’s general election.

The act, which was passed earlier this year, has been widely criticised by charities and campaign groups who are worried that it will restrict their ability to legitimately campaign in the 12 months leading up to a UK election.


Lib Dems accused of 'hypocrisy' over bedroom benefit rules

Labour has accused the Lib Dems of 'unbelievable hypocrisy' over calls for changes to the benefit cut for people judged to have too many bedrooms.

The changes, called the 'bedroom tax' by critics but described by ministers as the removal of a 'spare room subsidy', were introduced last year in England, Scotland and Wales.

Danny Alexander said the Lib Dems wanted to see 'fairer rules'.


Welfare fund failing the poorest

Some of the country’s poorest people in desperate need of crisis grants and emergency financial help for care are being turned down because councils are applying different rules to distributing funds,  new figures show.

The Scottish Welfare Fund was launched by the Scottish Government on 1 April last year to replace community care grants and crisis grants, which were abolished...

Agenda: There is an overwhelming case for advocating human rights for all

The Cabinet reshuffle will have a big impact on human rights protection in our United Kingdom as the articulate supporters of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) have been removed.

We face a General Election campaign that puts, centre stage, abolition of the Human Rights Act as it gives the ECHR domestic effect. Scots may react by voting Yes in the referendum as we choose the...

BBC launches ‘radical’ package of measures for disabled people

The BBC has pledged to quadruple the number of disabled people it puts on TV by 2017 as part of a “radical” package of measures across the corporation including a new disability champion.

BBC director general Tony Hall said the corporation would “work tirelessly [to] open up many more opportunities for disabled people at the BBC”, less than a month after he announced...

Shocking images reveal elderly couple living on the streets after being evicted from their home

The 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are sleeping rough in Bournemouth after failing to pay their rent.

It's an image which should shame Britain in the 21st century.

Huddled together under seafront shelter, an 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are now living rough on the streets of Bournemouth.

The couple, who are not being named, are attending a local soup...

DWP sneaks out official bedroom tax report

An official report into the early months of the bedroom tax has revealed the impact the controversial policy had on social housing landlords and their tenants.

Published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the day of a Cabinet reshuffle, the 'Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy Interim report' shows that despite the best efforts of housing providers the bedroom tax led...

Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression

Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, under radical plans being drawn up by ministers.

Existing welfare rules mean it is not possible to require claimants to have treatment, such as therapy or counselling, as a condition of receiving sickness benefits.

Senior ministers...

DWP to pay Atos £10m to extend disability reassessments contract

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is to extend French IT services firm Atos' multi-million pound deal to handle disability reassessments, despite the company wanting to walk away from the contract in February.

The firm, which would have had to pay a fee to the government to end its contract early, has been criticised for its declining standards of service.

Atos had said previously...

Human rights case against welfare reforms keeps growing

On July 5, the Daily Mail mounted yet another attack on the human rights folk who have the temerity to question the coalition government’s welfare agenda.

The article, headlined “The Brazil Nut strikes again: IDS anger as former Marxist Raquel Rolnik attacks his benefit cuts”, featured the same ignorance and thinly veiled racism that marked the Daily Mail’s coverage...

Vulnerable children are lacking support

A coalition of third sector children’s services providers has warned vulnerable young people will be left without support unless recruitment of trained specialists is stepped up.

The call, by the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC), comes as new figures from Health Scotland show just five out of 13 training places for doctors in child and adolescent psychiatry were...

GP surgeries hit as benefit cuts bite

Doctors across the UK have 
reported soaring workloads due to welfare reforms affecting their patients.

Changes to the way benefits for people unable to work due to illness are assessed and other reforms, such as the bedroom tax, were blamed by GPs for an increase in patients seeing them with non-medical problems.

A survey of more than 1,000 GPs by the British Medical Journal...

Devastating impact of welfare cuts leaves households struggling to cope

Households in Wales are struggling to cope with the devastating impact of the UK government’s welfare reforms and are being pushed into severe stress and hardship, a damning report by Citizens Advice Wales has found.

The report – One day at a time – investigated the cumulative impact of welfare reforms in Wales and found that many households were ‘struggling to maintain...

Court to decide on bid to cut benefits

Thousands of disabled people will today make a last-ditch legal bid to block cuts to their benefits.

Welfare reforms mean many will lose as much as £35 a week as part of a change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Under the new system anyone who can walk more than 20 metres is no longer entitled to the £56.75 enhanced weekly...

UK 'sleepwalking into violating disabled people's human rights'

The UK government is risking 'systematic violation' of international human rights law in its treatment of disabled people, charities claim.

Britain is a signatory to a binding UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities, and the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights.

Austerity measures and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax mean the rights...

Family support disabled man with accessibility guide

Why is Euan's Guide, a disabled access review website and app, capturing attention and support where others have failed?

When Euan MacDonald became disabled due to Motor Neurone Disease diagnosed 10 years ago, he got frustrated that the only way to discover if a venue was fully accessible was by visiting it himself.

Married with two young children, MacDonald has a ventilator, speaks...

Welfare reforms in breach of ‘legal obligations’ to protect disabled people, finds landmark report

A report published today by Just Fair finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of disabled people.

The report is the first comprehensive analysis of the extent to which the UK government is meeting its international obligations to realise the rights of disabled people in the austerity era. It examines the rights to...

Labour unveil plan for regional cap on welfare.. but critics hit out at 'disturbing' plan

Scots could get welfare benefits at lower rates than people in wealthy parts of England under plans being worked on by Labour.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls yesterday raised the idea of a regional cap on welfare, opening the door to variations in a range of social security benefits.

In a major speech outlining where Labour might make savings, Balls said his party would cut £200...

Anger as UK government says: volunteer or lose benefits

Forcing people on benefits into work placements undermines the very spirit of volunteering, according to a leading third sector group.

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) says that reforms being brought in by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) threatens the ethos of volunteering.

The DWP’s Community Work Placement (CWP) scheme could see people on benefits forced to volunteer...

Glastonbury praised over access for deaf and disabled fans

This year's Glastonbury festival is the first ever to be awarded 'gold' status by campaigners who want better access for deaf and disabled people at concerts and music venues.

Festival organisers said the award was a sign of how 'society is changing the way it thinks and acts towards disability'.

The event has a bespoke campsite for deaf and disabled festival-goers, uses raised 'viewing...

Poor outlook for disabled youth hidden in Neet figures

New Scottish Government figures out today show a decline in the rate of its young people classified as Neet (not in education, employment or training) in every local authority in Scotland.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition is clearly delighted to see this decline, but for many of those with additional support needs, such as learning difficulties and those with care experience,...

Con-Dem benefit sanctions hit Scottish disabled and under-25s the hardest, a new study reveals

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are going without meals, gas and electricity because of Con-Dem Government benefits cuts, a study claims.

And many of those hit have no idea why they’ve been punished.

The findings come from Citizens Advice Scotland, who quizzed their own advisers on the effect of benefits sanctions.

They said instead of encouraging the unemployed...

820,000 Scots 'living in poverty'

The number of people living in poverty in Scotland increased to 820,000 last year, Scottish government-published figures have said.

The 2012-13 figure, which accounts for 16% of the population, was 110,000 more than in the previous year.

The number of children in poverty rose by 30,000 to 180,000, said the figures.

Scottish ministers said the statistics underlined the need for...


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