An Uncaring Brexit

An Uncaring Brexit

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That was the view of Scottish Government minister Christina McKelvie, pictured with Ewan Hamilton, LDAS Chair, when she spoke at the recent LDAS Big Meeting. The MSP, who is now minister for Equalities and Older People, talked of the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s learning disability community. The minister, who began her career working with adults with learning disabilities, voiced her concerns of the danger to the provision of care support. She said one of her biggest Brexit concerns is the loss of the Charter of Rights and issues around immigration. She said: “It’s a worry that the Charter was not included in the Withdrawal Bill. It’s in the Continuity Bill, which is being challenged in court by the UK government, which is adding to the confusion. “The arguments around…
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Unfair treatment

Unfair treatment

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Supporting People is one of the grants that will be rolled up into the general pool of money that councils have from April of this year. It was very important in helping many people with learning disabilities get a home of their own and the support that they needed to live in it. As many as 7,000 people with learning disabilities were getting help through this. However, the last three years have seen some councils receiving less Supporting People grant while things were evened up across the country. Some voluntary organisations were told they had to reduce their prices or stop doing business. Others had the total money they received reduced by a percentage. At first it seemed that this was done fairly across the board. The Learning Disability Alliance…
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Campaign launched to save vital service for adults with learning disabilities

Campaign launched to save vital service for adults with learning disabilities

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The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland along with carers and service users have today launched a campaign to save an essential service for adults with learning disabilities in the Glasgow area. Independence Options, a support service which supports adults with disabilities to become more confident and fit for work has had its funding withdrawn by Glasgow City Council in January of this year.  By August, this service will be closed.  Its parent organisation, Unity Enterprises has appealed against the cut and now LDAS has met with angry carers and service users and agreed to launch a campaign to save the service. Independence options provides important support to help people become part of their community.  Mark Davidson, who is supported to work at Wickes 2 days a week says, “Without their help,…
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Too Busy?

Too Busy?

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In the face of public questions over the management of social care in Edinburgh, senior staff and councillors at the City of Edinburgh council have declared themselves too busy to meet with 175 carers and service users in a public meeting. “Who really gets to choose” is a conference to be held on 15th April by 3 Scottish voluntary organisations, ECAS, LDAS and ARC Scotland who are worried about the quality and provision of care services in Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland.  Speaking at the event will be leading politicians such as Johann Lamont and service users like the Reverend Graham Monteith. Recently a University of Glasgow study by Professor Nick Watson found serious weaknesses in the quality of care in Edinburgh.  There was limited support for some people…
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Edinburgh Council Doesn’t Listen

Edinburgh Council Doesn’t Listen

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In a surprising decision City of Edinburgh Council has refused to hear delegations from disabled organisations on the quality of care in the city.  Delegations from the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, Powerful Partnerships, CAPS advocacy project, Arc Scotland and In Control Scotland were due to be heard  by the Full Council on Thursday 30th April.  They were due to speak in support of a motion from Cllr Ewan Aitken. Approval for the delegations was given up to a week ago. Many carers and people with disabilities were due to attend in support and had arranged for taxis and personal support to be there in time. At lunchtime on Wednesday 29th April  Lord Provost, George Grubb has used an obscure standing order to stop discussion on the motion tomorrow.  As a…
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East Lothian Council Listens

East Lothian Council Listens

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On Thursday 30th April, East Lothian Council's petition committee heard a delegation from the community campaign arguing for better involvement of people with learning disabilities in the future of the services that support them. The petition called for a rethink on East Lothian Council’s decision to put housing support services for people with learning disabilities and other support needs out to competitive tender. It asked that East Lothian Council puts this process on hold until those affected have an opportunity to consider alternatives to tendering. The petition was supported by People First, ELCAP Advisory, Smart Talk Ark Housing Participation and the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland. A total of 402 signatures were handed in. Lorna Wynn who supports the Smart Talk group started by saying " Many people say they don’t…
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Take Action on care in Edinburgh

Take Action on care in Edinburgh

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On Thursday 30th April Edinburgh Council will be discussing the need for more help for those people applying for Direct Payments.  Come help us lobby the council.   Councillor Ewan Aitken has put up a motion to the Full Council. Council notes the conference "Who gets to Choose" held on 15th April in the City Chambers and agrees to receive the report from the day Council further notes the concerns raised by many participants about how services for people with complex needs are to be delivered in the future Council agrees for a cross party group, led by the Convener of Health, Social Care and Housing committee to meet with conference participants to discuss their concerns. With lots of services being tendered right now, many more people are applying for…
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Original Article Removed

Original Article Removed

Welfare Reform
Earlier this week LDAS published an report from a Whistleblower that said there was a developing of a new approach in the assessment of current applications for the Personal Independence Payment.  This centred around instructions being given to ATOS Health Professionals about how they should carry out face to face interviews. LDAS is an independent campaigning organisation that believes information should lead to action.  Our intention in publishing this article was to inform people so that they could help change the approach of ATOS to this.  It is always better to stop things before they become entrenched. A number of people have been in contact to say they have felt scared as a result of the information and blamed LDAS for making it available.  As a result of this, we…
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Edinburgh Council Health And Social Care Managers Too Busy To Meet With Carers And Users

Edinburgh Council Health And Social Care Managers Too Busy To Meet With Carers And Users

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In the face of public questions over the management of social care in Edinburgh, senior staff and councillors at the City of Edinburgh council have declared themselves too busy to meet with 175 carers and service users in a public meeting. “Who really gets to choose” is a conference to be held on 15th April by 3 Scottish voluntary organisations, ECAS, LDAS and ARC Scotland who are worried about the quality and provision of care services in Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland.Speaking at the event will be leading politicians such as Johann Lamont and service users like the Reverend Graham Monteith. Recently a University of Glasgow study by Professor Nick Watson found serious weaknesses in the quality of care in Edinburgh.There was limited support for some people who needed…
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Supported Employment in Edinburgh

Supported Employment in Edinburgh

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The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has met over the last week with service users of supported employment services over concerns they have had over recent developments within Edinburgh. This short briefing paper provides some notes on the situation and possible solutions.  Background: In 2011 a number of projects offering supported employment to people with disabilities were transferred from Health and Social Care to Corporate Services.  Responsibility for the future of these projects now rests with Economic Development Services. A recent paper - Review of Disability Employment Support Services in Edinburgh – has proposed that Economic Development Services reorganise its third sector supported employment services from an “employment pathway” approach into a single agency delivering “pure supported employment.” The employment pathway approach sees a range of personalised step for individuals in…
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