Inclusion Scotland are partners in new £5 million research project into issues and challenges facing disabled people
The issues and challenges facing disabled people will soon be better understood thanks to new research made possible with a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Disability Action Northern Ireland and their partners, Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland have been awarded the grant to carry out Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) project over the next five years. The research will focus on the extent to which disabled people are able to live independently whilst gathering their opinions on how changes could be made.
We are recruiting!
Following a period of expansion,we are looking to recruit a Finance Officer to ensure the sound recording and reporting of our finances, as the organisation continues to develop.
The successful candidate will have substantial experience of using Sage to maintain accounts for multiple funding streams, developing and monitoring budgets, operating robust financial systems, financial analysis and reporting to a Board of Directors. S/he will have first rate communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and have personal or professional experience of disability.
For more information please e-mail Janice@inclusionscotland.org or phone 0141 559 5025.
Deadline: 10.00am Monday 30th March 2015
Inclusion Scotland particularly welcomes applications from disabled people. Please let us know if you need the application pack in another format.
Free Inclusion Scotland Membership
Would you, or your organisation be interested in free membership to Inclusion Scotland?
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 email@example.com
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, 27 March 2015
Human rights laws must be upheld warns Miller
Changing human rights laws in Scotland would be “regressive”, the country’s human rights commissioner has warned.
Professor Alan Miller is urging politicians to ensure human rights protection is stronger after the general election and the country goes forward not back.
The Scottish Human Rights Commission’s (SHRC) report on the future of human rights legislation...
Potential Conservative welfare cuts revealed in leaked emails
A range of welfare benefits are potentially facing the axe or severe restrictions by the Conservatives after the general election, according to emails seen by the BBC.
The cuts suggested by officials include restricting child benefit so it is payable only for the first two children, and scrapping the industrial injuries benefit by passing the costs on to firms.
Emails seen by the BBC...
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Mind the gap: Edinburgh tramline shows differences in life expectancy
On the day that MSPs debate health inequalities in the Scottish Parliament, NHS Health Scotland (NHS HS) has published a life expectancy infographic based on the Edinburgh tram line. The graphic highlights continuing health inequalities between areas of deprivation and more affluent parts of communities in Scotland.
Within Edinburgh, the extent of health inequalities are demonstrated by...
End Work Programme, Scots ministers demand
Scottish Government ministers have repeated their call to the UK government to cancel contracts for the Work Programme and Work Choice.
The Work Programme, a UK-wide scheme to help jobseekers back into employment, and Work Choice, a specialist disability employment programme, were specifically highlighted by the Smith Commission among the employability support services that should be devolved...
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Disabled people shut out of politics by lack of access at polling stations
Clamouring for the right to vote seems slightly out of sync with modern politics, like watching a suffragette discover voter apathy, or Nigel Farage. Still, things tend to feel more important if you’re stopped from doing them. It’s 2015 and disabled people in this country haven’t yet got the franchise. Well, we have in theory, but having the legal right to cast your ballot...
Victory over work capability tests
Doctors are to be alerted to two crucial regulations which could protect disabled people facing controversial “fitness for work” tests.
Campaign group Black Triangle – a disabled person led organisation – has managed to convince the British Medical Association (BMA) to alert GPs about two regulations which state that a person should not be found fit for work if such...
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Iain Duncan Smith refuses to meet with food bank charity about poverty – then meets with investment bankers about it instead
Iain Duncan Smith has refused to meet with Britain’s biggest food bank charity for over a year – but has instead held discussions with an American investment bank about tackling child poverty.
The Trussell Trust confirmed again today that its chairman Chris Mould had still not been granted a meeting with Iain Duncan Smith, despite reports as far back as 2013 that he had requested...
Friday, 20 March 2015
IFS challenges George Osborne over £12bn welfare spending cut plan
Thinktank says chancellor must specify how he will reach targets announced in the budget, given that the poor had been hardest hit by benefit changes.
George Osborne is under pressure from the Institute for Fiscal Studies to specify how he planned to cut welfare spending by £12bn in the next parliament, and warned the poor had lost most from the coalition’s benefit changes of...
Victory for Black Triangle over GP work advice
The doctors’ union is set to alert every GP in the country to two regulations that campaigners believe could protect disabled people facing controversial “fitness for work” tests.
The regulations - part of the rules that shape the work capability assessment (WCA), which tests eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA) - state that a person should not be found...
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Information on new devolved benefits releasedDetailed information on the scale and reach of social security benefits to be devolved to Scotland has been published.
The new report gives Scottish specific statistics on each of the 11 benefits that will be controlled by the Scottish Parliament, such as number of claims, gender and age breakdown and current spending on these benefits in Scotland.
These benefits accounted for £2.5...
UK on course for biggest rise in child poverty in a generation
A leading Scottish anti-poverty charity has criticised George Osborne’s 'see no poverty, hear no poverty' budget statement.
The Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) said the chancellor has failed to face up to the reality that child poverty in is on the rise.
CPAG disputed claims that fewer children in Britain are living in poverty.
Forecasts from the Institute...
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Terminally ill face being forced to do work experience or lose their benefits
Terminally ill people face being forced to work to keep their benefits under draconian new Government plans, it was revealed yesterday.
Cancer patients who have more than six months to live could have to do work experience or see their payments slashed under the scheme by Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith.
And unlike fit and healthy job seekers, there will be no limit on...
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Sheila Holt: Woman ordered to find work while lying in coma dies aged 48
Last Monday, a woman called Sheila Holt died.
I first wrote about Sheila over a year ago. Since December 17 she had been in a coma following a heart attack she suffered at a psychiatric unit.
Sheila, described by her sister as “beautiful, gentle and kind-hearted”, had severe bipolar depression following childhood trauma.
She hadn’t worked for 27 years. But she...
Monday, 16 March 2015
One in 10 Scots 'in severe poverty'
More than half a million Scots, including 100,000 children, have been living in severe poverty, according to a Scottish government report.
The study said relative poverty had fallen over the past decade.
But it said a greater proportion of those struggling to get by were now facing either severe or extreme poverty.
People are classed as being in severe poverty if their household...
Sanctions policy under fire as election looms
Benefit sanctions are likely to be a hot topic in the run up to May's General Election.
The coalition Government's policy of greatly increasing the number of people having their benefits stopped for alleged breaches of the rules has regularly come under fire, with the proportion of claimants sanctioned having doubled since 2010. Of late however, the concern voiced about the policy has become...
Friday, 13 March 2015
Thousands of disability claimants lose cars in cuts
Figures obtained by ITV News have revealed that around 100 disability claimants are losing their car benefit every week.
According to Motability, who lease cars and powered wheelchairs to the disabled, 3,000 out of 8,000 of their customers who have so far been reassessed have lost their eligibility for the scheme and have therefore had to give up their vehicles.
And this could rise...
Tighter laws to catch Blue Badge cheats
Drivers and passengers who abuse the Blue Badge scheme could have their badges confiscated through new legislation coming into force at the end of March.
The scheme allows disabled people access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services.
However, the Scottish Government says that by providing additional powers to confiscate badges and cancel...
Disabled people facing increasing loneliness and isolation
Disabled people are becoming increasingly isolated from society – with welfare cuts making it more difficult to socialise and maintain friendships.
Research by disability charity Sense found that 23% of disabled people feel lonely most days, rising to 38% for young disabled people.
And almost one in four disabled adults said changes to welfare benefits have made their social...
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Jane Hawking: support disabled people using money from tax-avoiding firms
The first wife of Stephen Hawking has said the government needs a big overhaul of its policy towards disabled people and has also called for a stronger tax policy to enable more funding.
Jane Hawking said money from firms who make millions in this country and yet do not pay any tax should go towards those who need it.
But speaking at a Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) reception...
Disability work help scheme hit by cuts
Disabled people face a cap on the cost of support to help them into jobs, the Government has announced.
The Access to Work scheme helps people with disabilities, illness or mental health issues into employment. It covers the cost of things such as specialist equipment, support workers or fares to work if someone is unable to use public transport.
From October 2015, individuals will...
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Map of benefit sanctions shows cruelty, says homeless charity
A benefits sanction map of the UK shows how claimants are being treated with cruelty, according to the homeless charity Crisis.
It said the map illustrates the 'post code lottery' of sanctions - when claimants have their payments stopped.
And it warned that homeless people are being affected disproportionately.
However the government said that the number of people being sanctioned...
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Inflicting suffering on those in need is now at the heart of our benefits system
As Channel 4’s Dispatches showed, jobcentre staff are now expected to sanction and punish unemployed people, while fit-for-work tests are making disabled people sicker.
I tend to think I am beyond shock at the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now. The expectation that this government is capable of morality or even basic competence was lost some time ago, somewhere...
Disabled voters are being locked out of our democracy
At last May’s elections, disabled Adam Lotun made the 350-yard journey to his polling station.
It was his first time going to vote in a wheelchair. “In previous elections I’ve used a stick,” he says.
When he reached the station at a local community centre, he followed the access signs for disabled people to a ramp where he was horrified to find he couldn’t...
Monday, 9 March 2015
Universal Credit 'adviser' told not to tell claimants about cash fund for clothes and bus fares
An undercover reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches programme posed as a trainee at a Department for Work and Pensions' Universal Credit contact centre.
A reporter posing as a Universal Credit adviser trainee was told not to tell claimants about a vital cash fund for clothes, bus fares or other expenses to help them into work.
The undercover journalist spent seven weeks working at the...
Urgent inquiry needed into impact of 100k people with mental health issues losing disability benefits, says ex-health minister
The Government has been blasted for having 'absolutely no idea' of the impact of cutting disability benefits on those with mental health problems.
A former health minister today slammed the Government for refusing to investigate why people with mental health problems are the largest group to lose incapacity benefits.
Paul Burstow, Minister for Care Services from 2011 to 2012, launched...
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