Free Inclusion Scotland Membership
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We are keen to build on the work already done so the voice of disabled people can really be heard by policy makers and enable disabled people to make a real contribution to the improvement of every day life in Scotland.
For information on becoming a member of Inclusion Scotland please contact us on 0141 559 5025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusion Scotland respond to the Smith Commission
Inclusion Scotland's response to the Smith Commission is now available.
New briefings from our Rights Now! project
We have two new briefings from our Rights Now! project:
Please note that the information is correct at the time of publication and should only be used as guidance, and not a definitive document.
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Friday, 16 January 2015
Disabled man ejected from cinema because his ventilator was too noisy
A disabled man was chucked out of a cinema because his life-saving ventilator was too noisy.
Richard Bridger, 31, was asked to leave by staff because other film-goers complained the machine was a 'nuisance.'
Odeon cinema staff told Richard and his carer to exit the screening of Taken 3, after receiving six complaints out of an audience of 200.
Muscular dystrophy charity Trailblazers...
Dundee City Council’s Blue Badge stance branded ‘bureaucracy gone mad’
Dundee City Council has been accused of “bureaucracy gone mad” after bosses told a blind and disabled pensioner her Blue Badge parking permit would have to be collected in person.
Despite neighbouring Perth, Angus and Fife sending the lifeline passes in the post, Margaret Grant, 81, was told the rules had changed in Dundee.
Margaret, who founded the Brittle Bone Society...
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Church blasts 'evil' of David Cameron's 'unequal' Britain: 'Poor left behind and cities cast aside'
David Cameron’s Britain is a place where the poor have been “left behind” and cities “cast aside”, the Church warned today.
In a withering attack, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York lashed out at the “evil” inequality allowed to develop under the Coalition.
And they accused Mr Cameron of neglecting the poor in a obsessive drive to win over...
Committee announces second evidence session into benefit sanctions
The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today (15 January) announced the second of three evidence sessions into controversial benefit sanctions.
The Tory-led coalition government introduced a new benefit sanction regime in October 2012 for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and December 2012 for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants.
Claimants who fail to adhere to tough...
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Parents of disabled children face ‘impossible’ barriers to employment
88% of unemployed parents of disabled children express a strong desire to return to work, according to a new survey published today.
However, the survey of over 900 parents by the Working Families charity reveals how parents of disabled children face enormous challenges in balancing work and caring responsibilities.
The findings expose the extent to which parents of disabled children...
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Assisted Suicide Bill may be at odds with human rights legislation, says Law Society of Scotland
Proposals to legalise assisted suicide could be “incompatible” with the European Convention on Human Rights, according to the Law Society of Scotland.
Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee will scrutinise the Bill on Tuesday, brought forward by Green MSP Patrick Harvie in the wake of the death of campaigning politician Margo MacDonald.
Politicians will hear from the...
The case against the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill
Bill Scott of Inclusion Scotland discusses the potentially negative impact of an assisted suicide bill.
Inclusion Scotland acknowledge that disabled people have differing views on the issue of assisted suicide. However, one of the misconceptions about the assisted suicide bill is that state assistance would be limited to those with a terminal illness.
In fact anyone with a condition...
Monday, 12 January 2015
Civic Scotland demands halt to Universal Credit plans
Leading campaigners and organisation in Scotland have joined to demand an immediate halt to Universal Credit until the process of legislating for new powers is complete.
An open letter to secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith - signed by the leaders of 57 civic organisations from across Scotland ranging from business and finance to social care and foodbanks – demands...
Second minister shamed over inaccessible constituency office
A second government minister responsible for promoting equality has been accused of an “unacceptable” failure to run a constituency office that is accessible to disabled people.
Last month, the Conservative minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, refused to answer a string of potentially embarrassing questions about his inaccessible constituency office in Gloucestershire.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Why disabled achievers should be remembered
Academic Tom Shakespeare thinks it's important to celebrate the successes of disabled people, past and present. Here he explains why.
A free-thinking poet with visual impairment, a painter with learning difficulties, a sculptor with schizophrenia, a painter with cerebral palsy, that's what I've been talking about on Radio 3's The Essay this week.
Looking beyond the obvious names like...
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Government urged to suspend benefit sanctions regime
Pleas to the government to suspend its benefit sanctions regime pending a fundamental review of its impact – especially on the mentally ill and disabled – were made at the first session of a broad inquiry by the department of work and pensions select committee.
In a two-and-half hour session involving academics, food banks administrators, disabled groups and employment service...
Students with mental health problems in Scotland face discrimination
A mental health charity has teamed up with Scotland’s students’ union to combat the discrimination of students with mental health problems in colleges and universities.
See Me says it knows of students who don’t get the same opportunities as others due to the stigma of their illness and is launching a pilot project to tackle this with the National Union of Students (NUS)...
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Cash for Citizens Advice Scotland as unprecedented demand takes its toll
A leading advice charity is to get £1.5 million extra from the Scottish Government because of unprecedented pressure being placed on its services.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) will receive the cash next year to alleviate Westminster’s welfare reform changes, social justice secretary Alex Neil confirmed.
The Scottish Government funding comes on top of £2.5m it has...
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Edinburgh Hogmanay party: Paralympian is turned away and told 'It would be bad enough letting a normal person in'
A paralympian claims he was refused entry to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party by security guards because he was in a wheelchair.
Patrick Wilson, who has cerebral palsy, says he was turned away from last night’s celebrations in Princes Street by G4S stewards after arriving with friends at a busy security checkpoint... for disabled people.
It’s claimed one of the G4S...
Inverclyde disabled hate crime victims speak out
Disabled people who have been victims of hate crime and discrimination say that the hostility directed at them has never been greater.
Johanna Stewart, Inverclyde Council on Disability project manager Carol Kearns and Brenda Devlin.
Campaigners and those who have suffered abuse say there has been an alarming rise in abuse, and they blame the wave of government welfare reforms for the...
Monday, 5 January 2015
Impact of welfare reforms on households to be examined
New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015.
The research for the Welfare Reform Committee will be carried out by Professors Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill of the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University.
For the first time, the research will aim to...
Suicides highlight the grim toll of benefits sanctions in austerity Britain
Department for Work and Pensions investigates 60 claimant suicides, with sanctioning connected to crime and depression.
Less than two years ago, 50-year-old David tried to take his own life in a council house in Salford. You can still see the scars when he stretches out his arm to light a roll-up cigarette.
“Everything just builds up after a while. I was walking around thinking...
Half of Remploy disabled workers dumped by Con-Dem coalition still haven't found work
Almost half of the disabled workers dumped on the scrapheap when the Con-Dems shut Remploy factories are still unemployed, the Daily Record can reveal today.
The Coalition were last night blasted for “shameful” treatment of the vulnerable after the shock figures were unearthed by Scottish Labour.
Information released to Airdrie and Shotts MP Pamela Nash reveal 733 of the...
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