United Kingdom General Election 2024: What are Political Parties Pledging for Disabled People?

United Kingdom General Election 2024: What are Political Parties Pledging for Disabled People? On 22 May 2024, the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, announced the next General Election would happen on 4 July 2024. The General Election is when people in the UK aged over 18 can vote for which party is in power and who becomes the next Prime Minister. So, what has Disability Equality Scotland done since the general election announcement? Our Chief Executive Officer, Lyn Pornaro, wrote to the leaders of the main political parties in Scotland. We informed them of the top 10 priority ‘key’ issues
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United Kingdom General Election: 4 July 2024

United Kingdom General Election: 4 July 2024 Access to Democracy for Disabled People  After the almost constant news coverage over the last day or so, it is difficult to ignore the fact that a United Kingdom (UK) General Election has been called! So what? What happens now? Well, all the political parties in your local area will now begin to canvass and ask you to vote for their chosen candidate and continue to do so for the next 6 weeks – right up to polling day. Scottish Party Leader Communication So, what has Disability Equality Scotland done since the general
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Our response to the Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill

Our response to the Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill Disability Equality Scotland recently submitted our response to the Scottish Government about what should be in their proposed Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill (LDAN Bill). The bill is about making sure people with learning disabilities, autistic people and neurodivergent people can access the services and the support they need. We wanted to know what our members thought of the bill and ran multiple surveys, gave people a chance to call us on the phone and write to us directly. Because the bill covered so many areas we wanted to
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Next First Minister must ensure Scotland’s ‘globally significant’ commitment to care delivers concrete changes

Next First Minister must ensure Scotland’s ‘globally significant’ commitment to care delivers concrete changes Campaigners, including Disability Equality Scotland, have warmly welcomed Scottish Ministers’ backing for a new world-leading commitment on care, and say that it must not be overshadowed by the political upheaval facing the Scottish Government. Instead, campaigners say ‘to be worth the paper it’s written on’, the next First Minister must fully deliver a meaningful step-change in how both unpaid and paid carers in Scotland are valued and supported. Following a successful campaign by A Scotland That Cares, a coalition campaign backed by over 70 organisations including
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Coalition of Disability Rights Groups Unites to Oppose Assisted Dying Bill: Advocating for Protection

Coalition of Disability Rights Groups Unites to Oppose Assisted Dying Bill The Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill was published on 27 March and will be tabled in the Scottish Parliament. A coalition of organisations, including Disability Equality Scotland, has united to oppose the proposed legislation. The proposed legislation is designed to permit medical assistance in procuring a person’s death if they have a medical condition that has a limited life-expectancy – “advanced” and “terminal”. We acknowledge the sincere motives that Mr. Liam McArthur MSP, the Bill’s Sponsor, and his supporters bring to his proposed legislation. We also
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UK Budget 2024: Reflections

UK Budget 2024: Reflections and Impact on Disabled People It has now been some 12 days since the budget announcement by the United Kingdom (UK) Government and Disability Equality Scotland has taken some time to reflect on the announcements made and the support, or implications, for disabled people. Since the budget announcement on 6 March, there have been a number of papers and articles highlighting the specific details contained within the budget and we want to avoid repeating this evaluation work that has already taken place and been published. Of particular – and significant – concern to us is the
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Cost-of-Living and Disabled People: BBC Reporting Scotland (26 February 2024)

Cost-of-Living and Disabled People: BBC Reporting Scotland (26 February 2024) Disability Equality Scotland (DES) members may have seen the short news report yesterday evening on the early evening BBC 1 Reporting Scotland programme. The news piece was based on recent research by Euan’s Guide, which mirrored some of the findings contained within our own research from late in 2023 and can be viewed at: Fact Sheet: Energy Price Cap and Cost of Living – Disability Equality Scotland As the United Kingdom (UK) economy is currently experiencing a consistent cost-of-living crisis, we wanted to know how the rise in energy prices
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General Election 2024 – Access to Democracy for Disabled People

General Election 2024 – Access to Democracy for Disabled People As we are sure you are aware, there will be a UK general election at some point in the next 12 months, to elect your local Member of Parliament, in the UK Parliament. We wanted to let you know that there are some new rules in place when going to vote at this election. As always, all voters must appear on the electoral register to vote and everyone who is a voter needs to be 18 years, or older, on the day of the election. This has not changed. However,
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Work Capability Assessment: An Update

Work Capability Assessment: An Update In our monthly newsletter circulated last Friday (16 February), we highlighted that Disability Equality Scotland members had given their views on the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s proposed changes to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). You were clear disabled people strongly opposed these proposals. We were also clear too that we would use what you had told us to oppose these plans and outline the true impact of these on disabled people. We are therefore delighted to be able to update members that Disability Equality Scotland has been invited to attend and present at a meeting
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News: South Ayrshire Access Panel Launch Event

News: South Ayrshire Access Panel Launch Event In a remarkable collaborative effort, Disability Equality Scotland and Voluntary Action South Ayrshire are proud to announce the upcoming launch event of the new South Ayrshire Access Panel. This initiative is set to revolutionise accessibility across South Ayrshire and foster a more inclusive community. Scheduled for January 26, the launch event will take place at the Cutty Sark Centre in Ayr, running from 11am to 1pm. This event promises to be a momentous occasion, marking the beginning of a new era for accessibility in South Ayrshire. The joint venture between Disability Equality Scotland
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