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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2015 Learning Disability Service Cuts Taking Place All Over Scotland

2015 Learning Disability Service Cuts Taking Place All Over Scotland

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This map looks at each council in Scotland and identifies what cuts are being made this year to services for people with learning disabilities. It gives a quick visual expression of where the cuts are taking place.  The Red icons mean cuts – the yellow icons mean no cuts this year. It should be stressed that at no point did we find people with learning disabilities being singled out for attention.  It is, of course, hard to be sure of the exact balance to cuts but it did seem that all services from schools to office administration took their share of cuts.  This was true in all areas no matter what the size of the overall cuts being proposed. This paper should be seen as less a guide to action…
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A thought on a tweet

A thought on a tweet

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Our dear friend Colin is part of a group of adults with learning disabilities who attend one of the LDAS Accessible Politics groups on a regular basis. As a great fan of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Colin was right at the front of the queue recently when a trip to the Scottish Parliament to watch First Minister’s Questions was planned. Thanks to local MSP Willie Coffey, the group was able to tour the chamber of the Parliament after FMQs so naturally Colin made straight for the First Minister’s seat to try it out. He even did a bit of a pretend speech about what he would do if he were First Minister for a day. We sent out the picture of Colin in a tweet, partly to share such a…
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Justice for Ian

Justice for Ian

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A man with learning disabilities who was convicted of attempting to rape a female doctor has been cleared of the crime six months after his death. Ian Shaw from Inverness was found guilty by a majority jury verdict in 2013 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.  He was later freed  after 8 weeks pending an appeal and now the Crown will not oppose the appeal. An examination of Ian’s computer showed that he was on social media sites a short time before the woman was attacked on the banks of the Caledonian Canal and could not have travelled almost three miles to the scene and committed the assault within the time frame of the attack. Yet somehow following interviews by police, Ian said he had met the woman…
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Learning Disability Radio

Learning Disability Radio

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A new radio station produced by people with learning disabilities has been launched in Falkirk.  So far it has reached as far as Norway but you can hear it too on Http://blether.fmYou can tune in to our new online e radio station by clicking on the Player on our websiteYou can also listen at  http://listen.blether.fm:8000/stream
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EASY READ on Health and Social Care Integration

EASY READ on Health and Social Care Integration

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The Scottish Government is changing how NHS Scotland and Councils work together to deliver adult health and social care services. It wants to make sure that people get the right services at the right time and that people’s money is spent on what people need.     The Scottish Government has brought in a new law which will make every council and health board form new Health and Social Care Partnerships.     NHS Boards and Councils will share the responsibility for these partnerships.   Read the full Easy Read by clicking here  
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Scottish Parliament Elections 2016

Scottish Parliament Elections 2016

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The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland are running a series of 30 workshops all over Scotland between now and the 5th of May.  We will be visiting Inverness, Aberdeen, Stranraer and many points in between.  On this page you will be able to access information and resources to help you think about who to vote for in May 2016. The workshop is based on the popular TV quiz show - The Chase and has been designed and co delivered in many places by people with learning disabilities.  We hope you find this useful. Presentations Voting in Scottish Parliament Elections The Scottish Parliament Chase Booklets Our special Scottish Parliament pamphlet Videos Why Should We Vote For You? What policies do you have that will help people with learning disabilities? What will you…
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Remembering James Rankin

Remembering James Rankin

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It with great sadness that we heard that James Rankin has died peacefully in his sleep.  James was a long term member of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland and helped to make the Alliance what it is today.  He was well known for his great sense of humour and passionate sense of justice for those who were less able to speak up than him.  He took part in many of our initiatives such as training other people with learning disabilities to campaign or talking about day centre closures.  This picture shows James at a 2011 protest in Glasgow about cuts to support services. James often told the story about how after his parents died it was the help of Key Community Supports that saved his life.  He was slowly fading away in…
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Update on the Scottish Independent Living Fund

Update on the Scottish Independent Living Fund

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The Scottish Independent Living Fund is still in the process of being set up.  Self Directed Support Scotland will be hosting the Scottish ILF Development Manager (18 month contract, £50,000  pa), who reports to the newly formed Project Board, which is coproducing advice on the new Scottish ILF arrangements.   The Project Board have recently (mid October) agreed the content of messages to go out to stakeholders, from Scottish Government, to keep everyone informed.  They are currently being drafted in to accessible formats (possibly Easy Read, but if not then certainly Plain English) and there should be something going out to people in the next two or three weeks. The project board consists of a number of user led disabled organisations such as GCIL and LCIL, The Scottish Government and…
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