Social Security Experience Panels: Personal Independence Payment Discovery – Visual Summary of Research Findings

The Scottish Government will become responsible for some of the benefits currently delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including Personal Independence Payment Scotland’s historic new social security system is based on dignity, fairness and respect. It has been developed by listening to people who receive benefits via Experience Panels. A  new report has been published which summarises the results of the Personal Independence Payment Discovery Research which took place in late 2017 and early 2018 with a number of Experience Panel members and others. To view the findings of the report please click here
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Extra financial support for carers

Extra financial support for carers Scotland’s new public service to make first social security payments.  Carers will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April. This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution. Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “Making these payments will represent a
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Disability and the Arts Roadshow – 2 July 2018, Glasgow

Disability and the Arts Roadshow – 2 July 2018, Glasgow We worked together with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and the National Theatre of Scotland to host an event on 2 July 2018 about disability and the arts. The event gave participants the chance to see a sneak-peek of two songs from BOP’s 25th Anniversary production ‘My Left / Right Foot – The Musical’ ahead of its appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018. The performance was followed by group discussions about disabled people and the arts and challenging stereotypes. Views on the Performance The participants were very
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Access at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Access at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 The Fringe Society works to make sure that the Fringe is as accessible and inclusive as it can be. We are committed to listening to the access needs of our audiences, performers and our wider community and work continuously to improve the accessibility at Fringe venues and Box Offices. The city of Edinburgh is one of the Fringe’s biggest assets but also presents one of its biggest challenges, its medieval and Georgian architecture create an immediate physical barrier, which in many cases cannot be altered.  Venues for the Fringe often appear non-traditional theatre
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Deaf Scotland – In conversation with Janis McDonald

Who are you? I am Janis McDonald, Chief Officer at deafscotland. My background is in nursing and in my early career I specialised in long stay/rehabilitation. Over the years I worked in addictions, homelessness and more latterly in umbrella bodies at local level. I live in Linwood, enjoy live music, travelling (especially to Mallorca) and have two grown sons. You have recently changed your name from Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) to deafscotland. What do you hope to achieve with your new brand identity? The new identity has to fulfil several purposes. Firstly to modernise and “refresh” our image which
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Introducing our Board of Directors

Introducing our Board of Directors This year brings some new faces to Disability Equality Scotland!  We have recently co-opted five new Trustees to our Board of Directors, rounding this group of incredible advocates to a total of eleven. The skills, knowledge and experience on our board range from: HR Management Strategy Planning Business Management (including in the charity sector) Volunteer Management Project Management Change Management Risk Management Finance Corporate Governance Access Panel involvement Equalities Deafness Spinal Injuries Personal lived experience as a disabled person Accessibility and Inclusive Design Ambassadorial Experience Previous and current experience working at senior level within public,
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New Event – Disability and the Arts!

We are excited to be working with Birds of Paradise Theatre Companyand National Theatre of Scotland to hold an event about Disability and the Arts! Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and National Theatre of Scotland invite you to a short sharing of an excerpt of BOP’s 25th Anniversary production ‘My Left / Right Foot – The Musical;, followed by a discussion about Disability Equality in the Arts – from access to representation. This event is a unique opportunity to get a sneak-peek of the show while in its rehearsal stage at the National Theatre, and a chance to discuss the topic of disabled
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*Office Closed*

*Office Closed* Our office will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday. We’ll be back at our desks on Tuesday 29 May. Enjoy the sun this long weekend
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Work for us – Investing in Access Project Support Worker

Work for us – Investing in Access Project Support Worker Disability Equality Scotland are pleased to announce their successful application to Awards for All and the Big Lottery in Scotland for a pilot project entitled Investing in Access (IIA) to assess the need and develop a recognised benchmark for accessible buildings and venues of all kinds. We are now seeking to engage the services of an experienced community worker for our Investing in Access Project Support role. The successful candidate is responsible to the Access Engagement Officer for support, supervision, and reporting. Role summary Support the delivery of the Investing
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Disability Equality Scotland Members Survey 2018

Disability Equality Scotland Members Survey 2018 Each year we survey our members so as to better understand the ways that we can deliver a service to you. This is a survey to gauge your satisfaction with us as an organisation and to test out some new ideas we have for the future. All your responses will be confidential and any personal details we seek will be held securely in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). There are two surveys available: Individual and Corporate Members Online Survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P5JQGSV Disability Equality Scotland Members Survey 2018
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