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|06 May 2016|
Forth Valley Stronger Together
The Scottish Labour Party published its manifesto today. Here is our Easy Read version of the Scottish Labour Party manifesto. We have highlighted 12 points that we think will matter to people with learning disabilities around Scotland. Of course, many of the other issues in the manifesto will also be important but we have had to exclude some things to make it short and readable. If there are particular issues you would like to know about or to be put into Easy Read, then please let us know and we will make the information available.
The Scottish National Party published its manifesto today. Here is our Easy Read version of the Scottish National Party manifesto. We have highlighted 12 points that we think will matter to people with learning disabilities around Scotland. Of course, many of the other issues in the manifesto will also be important but we have had to exclude some things to make it short and readable. If there are particular issues you would like to know about or to be put into Easy Read, then please let us know and we will make the information available.
The Scottish Labour Party Manifesto is to be published next week and we will circulate a similar version as this at the time.
We have also tried to track down Easy Read versions of the full manifesto produced by the parties themselves but so far we have only managed to find the Green Party Version We are clear that “Plain Text” and “Large Text” are not the same as Easy Read although some parties may not be clear about the distinction.
LIB DEMS NOW ADDED!
We have had a look at the first three manifestos from the parties in the last Scottish Parliament for the May 2016 election. Only the Lib Dems, Greens and the Scottish Conservatives have published these so far. We expect that the other parties will publish over the next couple of weeks.
We hope that they will publish full Easy Read version for those that want to read them but we have gone through the manifestos and spotted the main policies that will affect people with learning disabilities and those that support them and put them into Easy Read. This requires us to miss some things out so please feel free to let us know if there are particular policy areas that you might be interested in.
We hope this is straightforward to use and that it will be helpful in speaking to any candidates you meet or come across in hustings over the next few weeks. Similar version for the 2 remaining parties will follow in due course.
The London Borough of Ealing is facing legal action over proposals to close a respite care facility for young people with complex disabilities.
The proceedings against the council are being brought by law firm Irwin Mitchell on behalf of the family of a 17-year-old, severely disabled boy (C) who has used Heller House in Southall for two nights per week since December 2010. C has also used the nine-bedroom children’s home for short breaks.
Ealing took the decision on 16 February to close the facility. The claimant argues, however, that no alternative respite care has been formalised and children who use Heller House could be forced to travel out of the borough.
Calling on the council to rescind its decision, Irwin Mitchell claimed that, because Ealing decided to close the facility without knowing whether there would be suitable alternative services available, the decision was in breach of the Equality Act 2010 as the council did not know whether and how disabled children would be detrimentally affected.
The law firm said C’s family relied on respite services to enable him to have meaningful social interactions with other youngsters in a safe and controlled environment as well as to give them a much needed break to spend time with their other children, including C’s 20-year-old brother who also has autism and complex needs and lives in a residential placement most of the time.
Alice Cullingworth, a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We have spoken to a number of families who have told us that they would like to use the Heller House service if it were available, who either did not know about it or have not been able to access the service to date.
“It’s clear that by closing the only in-borough provider of overnight respite that there is a risk that if alternative providers lack capacity out of borough then children may not be able to access services to meet their assessed needs.”
She added: “We have spoken to a local councillor, Jon Ball, who confirmed that in his opinion it appears negotiations between Ealing Council and other local authorities are far from concrete, and that only very superficial conversations with other local authorities have been conducted to date.
“Councillor Ball confirmed to us that he believes there is no agreement presently with other local authorities, even in outline, which means a decision has been made to close this invaluable facility without a concrete alternative for the young people who so highly depend on it.”
We have had over 300 responses to the survey on the experience of people with learning disabilities with health services. Most have been from people with learning disabilities and we have people replying from all over Scotland.
Most people have been happy with their experience of health services. This has applied to all 3 services that we asked about Doctors – Hospitals – NHS 24.
They helped with my needs
I feel I got a good experience in hospital
The doctors are very good to me. I usually don't have to wait very long to see a doctor
People have reported that Doctors have been respectful and listened to them. Staff in hospital have been nice and looked after them. NHS 24 has responded quickly and helped people in need. Read the full report here
Some problems were reported.
Some Doctors didn’t listen to what people with learning disabilities had to say. Some people find it hard to express what they are feeling and what is wrong with them and in these cases, the doctors may jump to conclusions.
Doctors lack time to talk to me
Doctor surgery have tried to help me but hospital don't seem to be interested
A nurse didn't ask me but asked a stranger if I had a period. I asked for females but they still put on male staff