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.

Inclusion Scotland welcomes your feedback about our website, and organisation. Please click here to let us have your views.

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.


You can join as an individual disabled person or organisations can also take out a membership.  Both are free of charge.


For information on becoming a member of Inclusion Scotland please contact us on 0141 559 5025 or email


Inclusion Scotland's response to the Smith Commission is now available.


We have two new briefings from our Rights Now! project: 


Personal Independent Payment


Minimising the harm of benefit sanctions


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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Families of disabled men slam Legoland in the Trafford Centre for decision to 'ban' adults without children

Campaigners blast policy as 'discrimination' but attraction cites 'child protection' rules after turning away adults and their carers.

A disabled man with the mental age of seven has been stopped from visiting Legoland with his carer because of ‘child protection’ policies.

Simon Thomason, 40, who has cerebral palsy, autism and a mental age of seven, has been told his annual...

Do you want people bullied off benefits? Because that’s what’s happening

The DWP denies it has targets, but the fact is that cruelty in the form of sanctions is visited on thousands of claimants a week.

A Ukip parliamentary candidate named Lynton Yates this week suggested banning benefit claimants from driving: “Why do they have the privilege to spend the tax payers [sic] hard earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car...

Government told to think again over accessible homes

Disabled people's organisations have urged Ministers to rethink changes to building regulations which they say will undermine progress in improving the accessibility of homes.

Two leading charities said the reforms would unpick provisions which ensure new homes can easily accommodate accessible toilets, lifts, handrails and wheelchair access. Most were only introduced when the regulations...

Anger as Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH) cuts are pushed through

Charity workers have been given the devastating news that swingeing cuts to their budget will go ahead – putting jobs and a vital service on the line.

Glasgow Labour councillors voted to push through a controversial cost cutting package at a meeting of the city council’s executive committee today.

They decided to axe Glasgow Association for Mental Health’s (GAMH)...

New Scottish welfare powers at a glance

New Scottish Welfare powers have been outlined by the Smith Commission, which will pave the way for the changes to be turned into law.

A significant amount of responsibility for the design and implementation of the welfare system in Scotland will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

However, State Pension and the main principles of Universal Credit will remain in the hands of Westminster.


Call to halt new disability benefit rollout in Scotland

Moving disabled Scots on to new benefits before control of the payments are transferred to Holyrood would be a 'waste of time and money', according to Citizens Advice Scotland.

CAS wants the UK government to halt the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The PIP system was introduced as part of wider reforms to the welfare...

Union says benefits sanctions destroyed trust between jobseekers and jobcentres

Union representatives have told MPs that benefits sanctions have destroyed the relationship of trust between jobseekers and jobcentre advisors.

Giving evidence at the work and pensions select committee inquiry into benefits sanctions on Wednesday, Mark Serwotka, general secretary, and Helen Flanagan, vice-president of the Public and Commercial Services union said that benefits sanctions...

Disabled Hampshire man refused benefits assessment

A man who had part of his leg amputated was turned away from an interview for disability benefit because he was in a wheelchair.

Michael Sparks, from Beaulieu, Hampshire, arrived at the Bournemouth assessment centre but was told he could not use the lift to the first floor.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said clients needed to inform staff in advance of access issues.


Quiet cuts undermine support for disabled people in the workplace

If you tamper with the support disabled people rely on to work, being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home, staring at the kitchen walls.

You’d be forgiven for having missed the current mess of Access to Work – the fund delivered through Jobcentre Plus that pays for practical support, from computer software to support workers, for disabled...

Fears over wheelchair taxi scheme £20 fee

Wheelchair users in the Capital are to be hit with a £20 charge for discounted taxi journeys – but the plans have been branded “discrimination”.

They would be charged a membership fee to join the scheme in a move aimed at covering administration costs and generating £180,000 a year for the city.

If approved, the levy would be part of a wider overhaul of...

Holyrood to investigate blight of loneliness on Scots

MSPs are to tackle loneliness among people in Scotland in a bid to address wider social and health issues.

Holyrood's equal opportunities committee will look at the problem after research suggested more people have nobody to turn to in a crisis.

It has asked for evidece to be given from across Scottish society - including the voluntary sector.

MSPs will report back in the summer...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.


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...

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)...

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...


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