What difference will this election make for people with learning disabilities?

What difference will this election make for people with learning disabilities?

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Ivan Cohen and John Booker went up to the Scottish Parliament to interview three leading politicians to find out what difference this election will make for people with learning disabilities.  Each politician was given 2 minutes to make their case.    A short video is available on our website but here are some of the policy highlights. Mary Scanlon MSP for the Conservatives said We want more resources for people with special needs. We would want more investment in Further Education to help people with learning disabilities. We need to make sure people with learning disabilities get the right help and support to get into work We support welfare reform but many people with learning disabilities will get more help as the reviews show they need more help than they…
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GUARDIANSHIP – A SYSTEM NEEDING REVIEW

GUARDIANSHIP – A SYSTEM NEEDING REVIEW

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By law, if an adult is unable to make key decisions about their own life and future, a court can appoint a 'welfare guardian' to do this. The number of orders has risen by of 9.6% in the last year making a 58% increase in the last 4 years. Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, and West Lothian  had the highest increases in Welfare Guardianship. The number of people with learning disabilities under guardianship has continued to rise until it is neck and neck with dementia as the main reason for guardianship . Cuts in budgets worry families of adults with learning disabilities and without guardianship they have no legal right to a say in the care of their loved ones. But how do we know that guardianship is…
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Easy read manifestos

Easy read manifestos

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On Thursday 7 May 2015 there is a general election across the whole of the UK. If you are over 18 and have registered to vote you can have your say and vote in the general election. Manifestos tell you what a political party believes in and what they say they would do if they won the election.  We hope that “Easy Read” manifestos will be produced by all the main political parties to help people with a learning disability decide who to vote for. But so far we  have full manifestos from the Lib Dems the Scottish Greens. The Conservatives The Labour Party The SNP is due next week and you will be able to read it when available by clicking here. The Labour Party have also published their…
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The Politicians Speak

The Politicians Speak

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While we are still waiting for the main political parties to publish their election manifestos, there is a chance to catch up on what they might do to help people with learning disabilities.   You can watch a video of spokespeople for the three big parties in Scotland by clicking here. So far only the Scottish Green Party has published a manifesto but we will be supplying shortened Easy Read versions soon afterwards.  Hopefully some of the parties will supply Full Easy Read versions later.
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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

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The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland June newsletter has been published today.  If you want to listen to a copy you can click on the audio version here. The first article is on the large number of older and disabled people all over Scotland who are unable or unwilling to pay care charges for social care services.  Read it here The second article looks at the planned cuts in learning disability services planned by local councils in the current financial year.  Read it here.   And remember you can have all the articles on our website read aloud by highlighting the text and then clicking on it
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May 2016 – The First Three Manifestos Easy Read

May 2016 – The First Three Manifestos Easy Read

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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…
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David Cameron is holding a vote for everyone in Britain to have a say in whether Britain should stay as part of the European Union.   The vote is on Thursday, 23rd of June 2016. The European Union is a partnership of 28 countries.  In a partnership you have to make changes so that everyone gets along.   So Britain has made some changes to the way it works to get along with others. Some people don't like this and want to leave.  Other people do like this and want to remain. We have produced a Short Easy Read guide to the European Referendum.  You can download it here. There will be more information available from the big campaigns.  Check back here to find out more in the next few…
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LDAS August Newsletter

LDAS August Newsletter

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We are pleased to announce that our August Newsletter has just been published.  You can download a copy of the newsletter in pdf version here or an audio version to listen to here. Our first article is about Disability Hate Crime.  This month sees Police Scotland launch it first ever Tackling Hate Crime awareness month with each week featuring different types of hate crime.  The first week is on Disability Hate Crime.  Earlier this year, new figures showed that reported Disability Hate Crime has gone up by 270%.  Read more here. Our second article is about Poverty and Disabled People.  The current way of calculating poverty focuses on income.  We think it does not take enough account of disability related expenditure and this means that poverty among disabled people may be…
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