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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UK 'is first country to face UN inquiry into disability rights violations'

The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of 'grave or systemic violations' of the rights of disabled people.

The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives 'reliable information' that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons...

Labour challenged over welfare vow

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Labour to match her pledge to halt the roll out of welfare reforms she claimed will leave more than 100,000 disabled people in Scotland worse off.

She spoke as the Scottish Government published a new report which estimated around 105,000 working-age disabled people will lose some or all their disability benefits by 2018, with a likely...

Disabled people living in deprived areas of Scotland disproportionally high

A significantly high number of people with learning disabilities live in the most deprived areas of Scotland, statistics from the 2013 Learning Disability Statistics Scotland (LDSS) dataset have revealed this week.

The least deprived areas of Scotland have proportionally far fewer people with a learning disability living in these areas than the national average.

Information on employment,...

Benefits blow: Study reveals that cruel Con-Dem cuts will slash £100m off sick and disabled Scots

More than 100,000 Scots will be £1000 a year worse-off because of Con-Dems cuts to disability benefits.

And 50,000 of the most severely disabled people stand to lose up to £3000 a year.

A Scottish Government study reveals the brutal effect of the decision to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with personal independence payments (PIP).

It reveals that 105,000...

Finding a job when you're disabled is a postcode lottery

The benefits of renewed growth and rising employment are not being felt by everyone. Despite almost a million extra people being in work over the past year, the number of disabled people in employment has fallen by nearly 30,000.

A significant proportion of the four million disabled people who aren't working would like a job: a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study found disabled people were...

Food banks to offer debt advice in bid to combat payday lenders

Financial advice is to be offered to people being referred to food banks after new research showed an 'alarming' increase in those suffering money problems.

Food bank charity the Trussell Trust is launching a pilot scheme to give instant financial help and debt advice in a bid to reduce the number of people going to payday lenders for high-interest loans.

The move could lead to the...

Unlocking the power of the UN human rights system

Deirdre Flanigan explains how voluntary organisations can use the United Nations human rights system to improve lives for the people they support.

The United Nations human rights system has the potential to unlock a stronger better society for everyone in Scotland. Many of us in the third sector already engage with the it effectively in our advocacy, lobbying and campaigning work, but others...

Mental health charities offer advice following death of Robin Williams

Charities have reacted to the shock death of Hollywood superstar Robin Williams by urging people to seek advice over mental health problems.

The 63-year-old Good Will Hunting star died at his home in California from an apparent suicide.

Over the years he had battled depression as well as drink and drug addiction.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health tweeted: “Lots...

Third sector must not be silenced in fight against austerity

MSPs have been challenged to protect the right of the third sector to criticise government and campaign against welfare changes which have plunged people into poverty.

A Scottish Parliament debate on Westminster’s changes to the benefits system today (Wednesday, 13 August) called for a wide range of evidence.

Among those who submitted a briefing to MSPs was the Scottish Council...

Tory attack on the Welfare State forcing 22,000 Scottish children to rely on food banks, says SNP

The Scottish National Party has highlighted the difference between the UK and Scottish governments as Iain Duncan Smith sets out plans for benefit cuts on the same day Nicola Sturgeon announces further assistance for food banks.

The Work and Pensions Secretary will today propose changes to benefits following recommendations from Policy Exchange – a centre-right think tank with close...

Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

Welfare reforms driving the 'jobs miracle' must continue, says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

In a speech in London, he said that changes so far had played a key role in getting people back into work and ending a welfare dependency culture.

But they needed to go further as the UK faced challenges from other countries.

Although the idea of limiting child-related...

Foodbank funding welcomed, but more must be done to fight poverty

Cash has been pledged to 26 projects across Scotland in a bid to tackle the scourge of food poverty.

The Scottish Government said the cash was necessary as figures showed that foodbank use by desperate Scots soared by 400% in a year.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced funding of £518,000 to deliver help in 17 local authority areas.

It is part of a £1...

Para-sports to get new £9m centre at Largs

A new £9m dedicated para-sports centre is to be opened in North Ayrshire.

The existing Sport Scotland National Sport Centre at Largs is to be refurbished with fully integrated, multi-sports facilities for disabled people.

It will be suitable for athletes at both performance and community level.

The Scottish government is investing in the project as part of its work to create...

MPs ‘lying’ about benefit sanction targets, says whistleblower

Dear Sir/Madam,

Following the recent/continuous denials from Central Government about there never having been targets imposed in Jobcentre Plus offices for Advisers and sanctions, I wish to strongly disagree with the official line.

I have spent over twenty years working in the Civil Service and for the last two years (contracted staff), I was working as an Adviser based in North Shields...

300,000 unemployed people each month face ‘five week wait’ for benefits, new research shows

New research published today (Thursday) by the TUC reveals the future impact of a controversial new welfare reform – the five-week wait – on workers in North West England, with 39,000 newly unemployed people set to be hit each month.

Currently most workers who lose their job have to wait two weeks before they get their first benefit payment. But under new Universal Credit rules...

The games were great, but let’s now tackle poverty

Poverty campaigners have said Glasgow can prove the 20th Commonwealth Games were the “best ever” by ensuring regeneration is enshrined in its legacy.

The 11-day event, which ended on Sunday, saw thousands of visitors flock to the city and has been hailed a huge success.

However, amidst the celebration, the Poverty Alliance stressed it is important to remember...

Former DWP staff set up website to help wrongly sanctioned jobseekers

Three disillusioned former DWP civil servants have set up a website to help benefit claimants who feel they have been wrongly sanctioned.

The three women, who have not disclosed their identities and run the website from a house in the North of England, say that Jobcentre staff are being pressurised into referring claimants for potential sanctioning.

Since the creation of the website...

Benefit reform “shambles” pushing disabled people to suicide, says whistleblower

Sick and disabled claimants are experiencing severe distress and some are even close to suicide due to botched disability benefit reform, an insider has revealed.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Britain’s sick and disabled, but the assessment process which should take no longer than 26 weeks is sometimes taking twice as long.


Minister caught misleading government’s benefits advisors

A work and pensions minister has been caught giving misleading information to the government’s own benefits advice body about the possibility of assessing the overall impact on disabled people of its sweeping welfare cuts and reforms.

Lord Freud, minister for welfare reform, is just the latest in a line of Conservative ministers to be embarrassed by the coalition’s increasingly...

Dumfries service users angers at cutbacks

A vital lifeline for disabled people in Dumfries has been scaled back due to budget cuts.

The council slashed the annual grant for Shopmobility, based at the Loreburne Centre, by 65 per cent this year – from £50,000 to £18,000.

Bosses have been battling to keep the scheme afloat but had to admit defeat this week and close the main office in a bid to save costs.


Small firms take taxman offline with paper victory

The government has been forced to scrap rules that forced small businesses to file tax returns online after they were found to have breached taxpayers’human rights.

The elderly, disabled or people with no internet will also be allowed to continue to file their VAT returns on paper, HM Revenue & Customs said.

The concession follows a judgment that forcing all VAT-registered...

Austerity has hit women, ethnic minorities and disabled people most

Who has been hit hardest by austerity? When it comes to income levels, the story is reasonably clear, if nuanced. Analysis by the Treasury suggests the impact of changes to taxes and benefits has been broadly regressive. The more you earn, the less you’ve lost as a proportion of your income, except for top earners, who have been hit relatively harder. This isn’t surprising –...


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