Toolkit for Tackling Disability Harassment
This is a valuable resource that will help disabled people, organisations that represent disabled people and public authorities in recognising and addressing harassment where it occurs; understands that it will also set out the law in Scotland and signpost victims to sources of help and support, and looks forward to a time when the harassment of disabled people is a thing of the past.
The toolkit has been supported by a parliamentary motion from Jamie Hepburn MSP in the Scottish Parliament.
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Contact 100 - 'Policy into Practice'
Inclusion Scotland has always been aware that it cannot carry out its aims and objectives effectively without the direct involvement and support of disabled people themselves. With this in mind we have launched a new initiative: Contact 100. Click here for more
Friday, 14 June 2013
Child poverty set to increaseThe Deputy First Minister has welcomed official poverty statistics published today that show that the number of children living in relative poverty has fallen in Scotland between 2009/10 and 2011/12. However, she warned that there is no room for complacency in light of estimates suggesting that more than 50,000 children are at risk of being pushed into poverty in Scotland by 2020.
Disabled man refused entry to nightclub after Scottish Charity AwardsPolice were called to a Glasgow nightclub last night to remove a disabled man who crawled into the premises after being refused entry.
Actor Robert Softley Gale, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, attempted to enter the Polo Lounge in Glasgow with his husband Nathan Gale after attending the Scottish Charity Awards with the Equality Network.
They claim that the bouncers informed...
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Pledge to pay back wrongly charged care costsThe Scottish government has pledged to refund anyone being wrongly charged for care which should have been free.
It comes after BBC Scotland revealed people may be spending thousands of pounds on nursing home care which should be paid for by the NHS.
This can happen with people suffering severe stroke, or with Dementia, Parkinson's and Motor Neurone Disease.
Health Secretary Alex Neil...
Millions allocated to help heat homesHouseholders in every local authority in Scotland are to benefit from almost £50 million of funding which will make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced today (June 13) that Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding has been allocated to all Scottish local authorities.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
GPs not ‘supporting’ Atos disabled patientsGPs will be seen as “lacking compassion” over their refusal to provide support letters for disabled patients who face losing benefits as a result of the overhaul of the welfare system, MSPs warned today.
Doctors in Glasgow are now reconsidering the controversial move after an outcry from vulnerable groups which have been hit by measures like the bedroom tax.
The leader of Scotland’s...
Thursday, 6 June 2013
A Labour government would mean benefits squeeze, under Ed Miliband's welfare capState benefits could rise by less than inflation each year under a Labour government because of the cap on welfare spending announced by Ed Miliband.
Until now, Labour has suggested it would restore the link between benefits and inflation if it regains power. It voted against breaking the link in April, when the Coalition Government pegged the annual uprating to 1 per cent for the next three...
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Communities to benefit from social housing reformsSocial tenants and landlords are set to benefit from a number of reforms announced today by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.
Reforms will change the way social landlords allocate and manage their housing.
These reforms will allow social landlords to address the specific needs of the local community, ensuring best use of available social housing, tackling antisocial behaviour ...
Monday, 3 June 2013
Disabled Scots will have to go without food, heating and clothes to pay bedroom tax, charity warnsDisabled Scots will have to go without food, heating and clothes because of the bedroom tax, a charity have warned.
A Capability Scotland report exposes the extent of the misery being inflicted on some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people by the Con-Dems.
The research emerged after more than 1000 people took to the streets at the weekend in a Daily Record-backed protest against the...
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Welfare reforms may breach rightsThe UK Government is in danger of breaching people's rights by pushing ahead with controversial aspects of welfare reform, according to the Scottish Human Rights Commission chairman.
Professor Alan Miller criticised the approach, saying particular changes such as the 'bedroom tax' would not have got off the ground at the Scottish Parliament, where the Human Rights Act is embedded in legislation.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Chronic pain patients to receive better care, pledges health minister Alex NeilPatients with chronic pain in Scotland will receive improved specialist care, Health Secretary Alex Neil has pledged.
People who are most afflicted currently travel more than 400 miles to a centre in Somerset for treatment.
Mr Neil said he would consult on setting up a residential service to help the estimated 700,000 Scots who suffer from chronic pain.
The minister made his promise...
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